Miss Sarah Thornton


    (570) 946-7471
    Sullivan County Elementary School Music

    Life without music would be a mistake.

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.
    Victor Hugo
    Music should strike fire from the heart of man and bring tears to the eyes of woman.

    Ludwig van Beethoven


    Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge, for it requires from its disciples, composers and performers alike, not only talent and enthusiasm, but also that knowledge and perception which are the result of protracted study and reflection.
    Hector Berlioz

    Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece -- by thought, choice, courage and determination.
    John Luther
    We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
    Mahatma Gandhi
    Music can change the world because it can change people.
    Music should be your escape.
    Missy Elliot


    K-6 Music

    Music education is a critical part of elementary, middle, and high school education.  Creativity, hand eye coordination, counting, reading, leadership, and teamwork are just a few of the areas that instrumental music teaches. The national standards are an integral part of the learning process in music, and this year they have become the foundation of my classroom environment.  Not only will students perform concert music, but they will also experience improvisation, composition, vocalization, comparisons of music to history and cultural diversity, research, and art projects.  It is my goal to create well rounded musicians, as well as to present educational and enjoyable concerts.  In addition, I want to teach students to love music and to enjoy performing on their instrument as an ensemble member and also as a soloist. 



    Students will be graded each marking period in the following categories:





    Reading and Writing Music Notation

    Self and Ensemble Reflection

    Ability to identify/maintain steady beat 


    Lesson Attendance:  Students should attend lessons once each 6 day cycle.  


    Practice Logs: Practice time should be recorded on the front inside cover of lesson books.  The ideal practice habit is 30 minutes three days a week for maximum improvement in ability and endurance.  For younger players 20 minutes every other day will work also.   Be honest!  This is my gauge on whether students are struggling because of the material presented, or because of a lack of practice time.  We all want the students in band to improve and to learn, and accountability is an asset in all academic areas.  



    Click here for World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles site.  Great band literature and updates available!

    Click here for Music Educators National Conference site.

    Click here for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.  District 8, Region and State festival information and more!


    National Standards

    1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
    2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
    3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
    4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
    5. Reading and notating music.
    6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
    7. Evaluating music and music performances.
    8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
    9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.