Glen Arden students learn more than notes and lyrics in music class

There's instruments and singing, but there's more than music happening in this classroom at Glen Arden Elementary School. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

There's instruments and singing, but there's more than music happening in this classroom at Glen Arden Elementary School.

The teacher uses songs to cover all of classroom subjects from history to English. When it comes to making music, Rachael Bumsted gets pretty creative.

The percussion ensemble is playing all of the instruments in the song "Sleigh Ride." The students are learning about rhythm and timing and so much more. They're also learning about compser Leroy Anderson and when and why he wrote the song and what life was like during that time period.

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"We talk about history," Bumsted said. "Every week we have a different composer and we say, 'OK, back in the 1700s here is this composer who wrote a song that changed the way music is today,' or we talk about math, like here are the quarter notes. It's just a huge part of music, and it's just really easy to mix it in. The kids are like, 'This goes with my math class and science class.' It's just cool to see."

The students are also learning about composers in Austria, Poland, Germany and France.

And, on top of that, the dual language class can sing "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in Spanish.

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