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Mrs. Locke Contact Information

If you have questions about Band/Orchestra instruments, please contact Mrs. Locke at GP or 503-256-6531

National Standards for Elementary Music

The music teachers of David Douglas School District provide general music instruction for every elementary school child. Over the course of the six years they are in elementary school, our students will meet the national standards, as follows:


• Develop a confident singing voice;
• Learn a variety of folk songs, including those in the David Douglas Common Curriculum;
• Experience rounds, partner songs, and 2-part choral music.

Play Instruments:

• Play a variety of classroom instruments including: keyboards, drums and percussion, xylophones and marimbas, guitars, and recorders;
• Experience both solo and ensemble playing;
• Have the opportunity to participate in band or orchestra.

Improvise, Compose and Arrange Music:

• Experience improvisation with voice, drums, and other instruments;
• Use instruments and sound effects to embellish stories and poems;
• Compose rhythms and melodies;
• Be creative using instruments, voice, and movement.

Read and Notate Music:

• Gradually increase skill at reading increasing complex rhythms;
• Use standard music notation to learn music on keyboards and recorder;
• Develop a working vocabulary of musical terms for dynamics, tempos, and articulations.

Listen, Analyze, Describe and Evaluate:

• Be exposed to a variety of music from different genre including jazz, blues, rock and roll, world music, and folk music;
• Identify common forms aurally;
• Learn about one major classical work per year according to the district’s common listening curriculum;
• Describe the music they hear and play using music vocabulary.

Relate Music to the Other Arts and Other Disciplines:

• Create art and creative writing in response to music;
• Move expressively to music;
• Learn songs that connect to other subjects when appropriate.

Relate Music to History and Culture:

• Learn about music’s place in history;
• Use music as a bridge to understanding other cultures and historical time periods.

FUN Places to visit:

Follow this link to see Mrs. Locke playing the marimba with other music teachers

Follow this link to see Boomwhackers in action, played by professionals

Follow this link to check out this great video of kids playing marimbas from a fellow teacher-friend of Mrs. Locke’s

Virtual Music Resources

Visit the National Association for Music Educators’ webpage for virtual resources including:

  • Virtual Concerts
  • Virtual Museum Tours
  • Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During COVID-19