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Welcome to the Quogue Elementary School music page. My name is Carolyn Doyle and I have been teaching music at the Quogue School since 2006. I teach classroom music, chorus, band, lessons, the musical, and anything music related at the Quogue School. Our music class is an engaging class that encourages all of our students to be "Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful." Lessons will have students singing, dancing, playing instruments, and expressing themselves through music.

What to Expect

Mission Statement: Quogue Elementary School strives to create children that will be lifelong music participants. Lessons are formed around the notion that each person should be "Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful." A tuneful person will be able to sing a lullaby to their child, and sing at community and ceremonial functions. A beatful person will be able to dance on the beat, clap their hands in time with others, and march in step in a parade. An artful person will seek meaningful musical experiences through participation and listening.

Primary grades will strengthen their tonal and rhythmic skills through simple songs, circle games, simple beat accompaniments, expressive movements and folk dances. Students will echo, decode, and create music patterns using solfege and rhythm syllables. Students must be able to hear the music in their heads before we begin literacy. We should read music in the same way that an educated adult will read a book: in silence, but imagining the sound.-Kodaly After reading tonal and rhythmic pattern students will learn the traditional staff and note names.

4th-6th Grade classroom music studies include choral study, dance and movement, ukulele, classroom instruments, music technology, music history, theory and literacy. Students will learn to be literate in the treble clef and have an introduction to the bass clef. Students should be fluent in the tonal and rhythmic sequence by the conclusion of their elementary music study.

All students are highly encouraged to participate in our instrumental program. Learning an instrument and performing in a band can foster a great sense of community and accomplishment. We deeply value every musician in our band! Lessons occur primarily before and after school. Band rehearses every Tuesday morning. Chamber Choir is a group of wonderful singers that rehearse every Thursday morning. All 4th-6th graders are invited to join. We also have an annual 4th-6th Grade Musical, and have many musical events throughout the year.

Meet Mrs. Doyle

My name is Carolyn Doyle and I have been teaching music at Quogue Elementary School since 2006. I hold a Bachelors of Music Education from SUNY Fredonia, emphasis in flute (click the playhead to hear recordings of me!), and a Master of Music Education from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, emphasis in Pedagogy. I completed my Kodaly certification under the direction of John Feierabend. Some of the principles I strive to attain can be found in the following quotes of Kodaly: "The characteristics of a good musician can be summarized as follows: A well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand." "We should read music in the same way that an educated adult will read a book: in silence, but imagining the sound."

"Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime...Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime. This experience cannot be left to chance; it is the duty of the school to provide it." I greatly enjoy teaching all of the realms of music, from Pre-Kindergarten to advanced instrumentalists. I have studied flute and voice professionally, and I have studied the piano for many years. I am an active professional musician as a vocalist and flautist. Mission for the Class I am looking forward to a wonderful year with all of the classes, Pre-K all of the way through 6th. We will be incorporating a variety of musical elements in classroom lessons. We will be participating in songs, dances, playing rhythmic and melodic instruments, composing, improvising, and constantly building upon Music Theory and History. I hope for all of the students to enjoy music making throughout their years in Quogue. I also intend for each student to become competent in aural listening skills, musical performance (vocal and instrumental), and adept at reading musical notation.