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. In the future, however, Ms. Stevens would love to see the day when students also have the choice of band. This year, there will be chorus offered for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, music lessons for 3-5 graders, and a selective drumline by invitation only for 4th and 5th graders. Bells and African drums will be used in class as always, but not for performance. Outside of school, you may find Ms. Stevens playing her snare drum with friends or in a parade, second-lining, or teaching the occasional private lesson. On a quiet day, however, she'll be in her favorite spot on her porch, reading a good book.
"Music makes the soul happy... Believe in youself. Believe in your dreams." - Lailah Gifty Akita
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!
- Mrs. Sarah Lurkins (formely Ms. Stevens)