Elementary Music at FCA
Mr. Jeremy Price K-4th grade, Middle School Guitar
Mrs. Laurie Zentz 5th grade and Middle School Band
Elementary students at Freedom Crossing Academy will develop their musicianship by singing with proper technique, moving to the beat, playing instruments in ensemble settings, listening and reacting to quality music, speaking in rhythm, chanting in rhyme, improvising melodies, reading iconic notation, writing musical motives, and creating in-class performances.
An Orff-Schulwerk classroom is full of active music making. Composer and Educator Carl Orff said, “Elementary music is never music alone, but forms a unity with movement, dance, and speech. It is music that one makes oneself, in which one takes part not as a listener, but as a participant.”
FCA students will learn how to be “musical”. Our tools will be our voices, bodies, drums, recorders, and xylophones. Creativity and musicality will be valued and nurtured. High quality music will be used, including the classics, folk music, and American music. Ensemble experiences will build a sense of community and unity.
Recorders will be used in 5th grade to practice music literacy skills, musical form, and music vocabulary in context of a song. Hands on activities will make learning memorable and authentic. Students will order a recorder at school and instruction will begin in September.
Meet Mr. Price:
Mr. Price graduated Cum Laude from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Upon graduating Price also received a Certificate in Music Performance, and the Honor’s in Music Performance Award for Percussion.
During his time at The Crane School, Mr. Price performed in The Crane Wind Ensemble, The Crane Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of Northern New York, The First Coast Wind Symphony, and was a featured soloist in The Husa Percussion Concerto.
Mr. Price began his teaching career teaching general music and band in Bronx, NY. Mr. Price is certified in Orff-Schulwerk, Level One, and Little Kids Rock.
Mr. Price has been teaching music in St Johns County since 2017. During that time he has worked with St Johns County Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Laurie Zentz, and received the Freemason’s Adopt a Teacher Award.
Mr. Price is a Mike Balter Percussion Teaching Artist.
Questions? email Mr. Price at [email protected]