Alicia Bell - General Music and Choirabell@madison-schools.com
Welcome to the music department at Highland Elementary!
On this page you will find updated information about the grade level music programs and performances, as well as information about Highland Voices (Highland Elementary School Choir)Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions or concerns about your child's music education at Highland Elementary!About Mrs. Bell
I am a native of Cape Town, South Africa, and I've been in the United States for 8 years!
I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in music education and an emphasis on voice and choral music, and a master's degree in music education.
I started singing in choirs at the age of 7, and later sang in the South African Youth Choir.
I grew up singing, dancing, taking drama lessons as well as guitar, recorder, voice, and piano lessons!
My parents really invested in me, and I'm so excited that I get to use my talents and share them with your lovely children!
My goal is to offer a place for students to express their creativity in music, to learn through experiencing and performing, to respond to what they do and learn, and to make connections with music, the world, and other content areas.
From the National Association for Music Education website:
The 2014 Music Standards are all about Music Literacy. The standards emphasize conceptual understanding in areas that reflect the actual processes in which musicians engage. The standards cultivate a student’s ability to carry out the three Artistic Processes* of
These are the processes that musicians have followed for generations, even as they connect through music to their selves and their societies.
And isn’t competence in Creating, Performing, and Responding what we really want for our students?
Students need to have experience in creating, to be successful musicians and to be successful 21st century citizens.
Students need to perform – as singers, as instrumentalists, and in their lives and careers.
Students need to respond to music, as well as to their culture, their community, and their colleagues.