Cadence Academy

Teacher Name: Susan Price
Teacher Email: price_family@mygrande.net
Tuition: $160.00 per year, payable in monthly installments of $20.00
Discount for Semester Payment: No
Supply/Materials Fee (due at registration): 25.00 *Please see note at end of Class Description
Deposit (due at registration): $20.00
Grades: K-3rd
Minimum Class Size: 20
Maximum Class Size: 30
Midterm Enrollment: yes
Class Time: 3rd hour
Prerequisite: No
Estimated homework hours: none
Required Materials or Books: none

Class Description:
Does your child have the wiggles? Does he/she have trouble staying focused or memorizing new facts? If so, then welcome to Cadence Academy!

At the Cadence Academy, students will not even realize that the incredible fun they are enjoying by singing, playing musical games, moving, clapping, snapping, and playing circle games, etc., are actually strengthening and developing neuropathways while also creating new ones. While music, motion, chant/repeat and memorization to song just seem like delightful child’s play to the child engaged in it, fabulous development is occurring in the child’s mind and body. Eye to hand coordination improve. The brain stretches and grows and becomes even more sensitive to additional areas of growth, development, and academic acquisition.

In the Cadence Academy, we will learn the basics of music, but even more importantly, we will put the musical skills we are learning to work for us! Whenever we study a unit, such as fall, harvest, or Pilgrims, for example, we will learn and sing songs about them, play circle games set to music/rhythm related to them, perform hand motions or sign language set to songs as we sing about them, and/or learn a dance in relation to them. We will use music to make each topic accessible through all of our senses. We plan to put our wiggles to work in a structured but FUN format!

In this friendly, engaging environment, our young musicians will explore the many ways we can use musical instruments, voices, and bodies to create music and sounds. We will also begin building our music reading skills, movement, dance, and reading note values, etc. While students learn the basics of music theory, they will explore phrasing, articulation, dynamics, vowel production, breathing, and more in singing. We will look at musical history and composers and listen to samples of their works. We will be exposed to music and worship sounds from around the world. Students will also hone the rudimentary principles behind working together to cooperate as a group, behind listening to the teacher and other students, and behind taking turns, waiting patiently, and interacting in a group setting. They will actually discover that a cheerful, disciplined environment makes learning easier and more fun for everyone.

The “trivium” of classical education include the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric stages. Children in Cadence Academy are in the Grammar Stage. The “Grammar” stage does not refer just to English grammar. Rather, this is the stage of learning in which the building blocks for all other learning are established, just as grammar is the foundation for language. In the elementary school years the mind is ready to absorb information. Children at this age actually find memorization fun. We will use music and movement as our tools to make memorization even more accessible. We will approach math, geography, books of the Bible, history, virtues, some Spanish, and more.

When children relate music, motions, and movement to facts which simply must be memorized, the mind has access to the information through more pathways in the brain. Both acquisition and recall are much stronger. Rich, weekly in-class learning will be a delight. Your child will love this class and will look forward to it from week to week. He/she will not even realize how much it will be helping him to grow.

* Supply fees help defray the costs of instruments, manipulatives, music, CDs, games, and other supplies used each week in class.

Additional Teacher Information:
Susan Price has loved music for her entire life, and she hopes to inspire that same love in her students. She homeschooled three children- raising them to music throughout every day. Her early training was in church choir programs from Kindergarten through Adult choir, ensembles, handbell choirs, and orchestra where she played the clarinet. She has taught and accompanied children’s choirs at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church where she has sung in the adult choir and has sponsored youth choir programs. Additionally, she has also taught piano lessons in a private studio since 1992. This will be her seventh year to teach music at the Brazos Valley Co-op.

About Susan Price

Susan Price is a 1992 graduate of Baylor University. She is a wife of 31 years, and a homeschooling mother of three children- one a speech pathologist, and two still in college. This will be Susan’s twelfth year to teach at Brazos Valley Co-op. She is committed to providing children with a classical Christian education. Her greatest desire is to prepare them to live out God’s plans for their lives in the time and place in which He has placed them. She believes that all Truth and Beauty can only originate from God, and she particularly delights in exploring these aspects of His nature through music, literature, and writing.