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Middle School Music Program Selected For State Assessment Pilot

The Middle School of Plainville's general music program has been selected to pilot the Connecticut Department of Education's Connecticut Common Arts Assessment initiative, according to music instructor Laurel Schwartz.

As part of the pilot, eighth graders in the general music program composed individual pieces of music, journaled about the process, and ultimately performed the works on dulcimers. The musical arrangements were recorded using Garage Band, which provided a variety of sound effects. The project provided the opportunity for students to use higher order thinking skills, synthesize their knowledge of music, and create their own music as a final product. The culminating event was the recording of the compositions; the audio files are available on the middle school’s website at:

"Some of my student's compositions have been selected to be used as benchmark examples by the state. The examples selected will be anonymously posted on the state's arts website to be used by teachers and students around the country as models for composition. These compositions represent the synthesis of eight years of music education and the hard work of all of our eighth grade general music students. I am very proud of my students' musical skills and excited to have Plainville student work used as a model for the nation, even though the work is posted anonymously. It is quite an honor," said Schwartz.

"Mrs. Schwartz is an incredibly energetic and creative teacher. We are very fortunate to have her here at MSP and we are very proud of her accomplishments," commented Middle School Principal, Matthew Guarino.

-Posted on May 24, 2010 at 03:04 PM

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