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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.
Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish
Art, General Music, Band, Strings, Vocal Music, Physical Education, and Spanish are important components of the well-rounded Montessori Academy standard curriculum.
The Spanish language teacher begins in the Primary (ages 3-6) classrooms with fundamental vocabulary and develops more extensive skills in students through 8th grade. Primary students attend Spanish classes one time each week and Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School students attend Spanish three times each week.
Level 1 - 8 Students attend physical education classes three times each week. They learn a variety of sports and activities and develop skills that lead to an active lifestyle.
All students, K - 8, attend art classes each week. Two art shows each year showcase the fabulous work of all students. This thorough curriculum is presented in a three-year cycle and explores visual art from every historic period and art forms from around the world.
Music, especially playing an instrument, has always been highly recommended by Montessori Academy administrators and especially the founder, Mrs. Eileen Bernstorf. Mrs. Bernstorf believed that the study of a music instrument would help students be more focused on academic work and the success and self-esteem found in playing an instrument would translate to success in academic work. Also, Mrs. Bernstorf knew from experience, playing a musical instrument herself and raising four children who play musical instruments, that music was a critical aspect of truly being an educated person. Research shows she was right! Listed below are the sources and research projects that support this position:
"Playing an Instrument Can Improve Your Child's Grades & Test Scores"
High school music students score higher on SATs in both verbal and math than their peers. In 2001, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework/experience in the arts.
Source: Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers,
The College Board, compiled by Music Educators National Conference, 2001
Also: Middle school and high school students who participated in instrumental music scored significantly higher than their non-band peers in standardized tests.
Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball;
East Texas State University Study. Daryl Erick Trent
Also: Students who were exposed to the music-based lessons scored a full 100% higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner.
Source: Neurological Research, March 15, 1999
Also: A ten-year study, tracking more than 25,000 students, shows that music-making improves test scores. Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students get higher marks in strandardized tests than those who had no music involvement.
The test scores studied were not only standardized tests, such as the SAT, but also in reading proficiency exams.
Source: Dr. James Catterall, UCLA, 1997
Check out the report: "How Music Can Dramatically Effect Your Child's Development and Life-Time Success"
for information on the following:
"Playing Music Can Make a Person Emotionally Healthier"
"Playing The Piano Can Improve Your Child's Self Esteem"
"Playing Music Can Help Your Children Get Into Medical School"
"Playing Music Helps Under-Achievers"
"Music Improves Reasoning in Preschool Children"
Students at Montessori Academy experience music at every level in every program. Formal teaching begins in Primary. Level 1-3, the Lower Elementary Students, have general music with singing and have the option to study violin using the Suzuki method, with a certified Suzuki teacher. In the Upper Elementary/Middle School, level 4-8, students have general music and a choice of further studies in choral music, strings, and band with highly qualified specialists.