Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of New Hampshire Master of Music in Education from Florida State University
Ms. Sarah Stevens
Sarah Stevens has been the music teacher at Arabi Elementary School since it opened in 2010. With only one hour per week, she takes great pride in teaching students to approach music as a study of culture. In this study, they enrich their world and also add to its richness through their own performances and compositions. With Ms. Stevens, students play keyboards, percussion instruments, sing, and dance each of their years at Arabi. They also learn to read music and experience it through focused (and often critical) listening. At Arabi, we are very fortunate to have a class set of keyboards and the use of the Music and the Brain keyboard curriculum, which we recieved as a grant.
Ms. Stevens also offers students opportunities to expand their studies with extra groups that meet after school. In the past these have included bell choir, chorus, and drum circle, drum line, and music lessons.
This year, there will be chorus offered for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, and a BAND for 5th graders. IF there is space (and instruments left) 4th grade will also be invited to join band. If you have a 4th grader who ALREADY owns an instrument, they are very welcome to join our 5th graders from the start. Please be patient with this process. We have not recieved any instruments yet, so we are anticipating starting once they have arrived. I will be in close contact. thank you!!
"Music makes the soul happy... Believe in youself. Believe in your dreams." - Lailah Gifty Akita
We are thrilled and thankful to the St. Bernard Parish School Board and Ms. Doris Voitier to announce that we will be recieving band instruments this year. For only $20, these will be able to be loaned out for use this school year. Instruments include flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and euphonium. We will start by inviting only 5th graders to this program. If there are still instruments, 4th graders will also be invited to join. Thank you!
If you are curious about what music class looks like from kindergarten through fifth grade, please check out the video link below. It was taken from a school board meeting a few years ago explaining my program and the National K-5 Music Standards. Hope you enjoy!
- Ms. Sarah Stevens