Hundreds of IPS students gathered for a
celebration of excellence in music education this week at the annual IPS
Songfest! About 250 students from 10 elementary schools across the district showcased
an entire year’s worth of work in the Northwest Community High School

Students participate in annual IPS Songfest. Music instructors from Washington Irving
School 14, Brookside School 54, Eliza Blaker School 55, Clarence Farrington
School 61, Wendell Phillips School 63, Raymond F. Brandes School 65, Ernie Pyle
School 90, George Buck School 94, Meredith Nicholson School 96 and Sidener
Academy for High Ability Students brought their classes together for an
hourlong concert spotlighting the variety of instructional methods exhibited
by our fine arts teachers every day. Students sang in English and
Spanish, performed folk dances and played recorders and percussion
instruments throughout the evening.


“This program highlights the best
practices of our elementary music curriculum in alignment with state and
national standards,” said Fine Arts Instructional Coach David Newman.


Newman oversees all of our district music
educators to ensure students receive high quality instruction that meets the
following standards:


  • Singing alone and with others
  • Performing on instruments alone and with others
  • Improvising melodies, variations and accompaniments
  • Composing and arranging music
  • Reading and notating music
  • Listening to, analyzing and describing music
  • Evaluating music and music performances
  • Understanding relationships between music, other arts
    and disciplines outside the arts
  • Understanding music in relation to history and culture



From Duke Ellington to patriotic
standards, Chinese folk songs, Mexican anthems and
more, the IPS Songfest showed off the diversity in
our musical education offerings. Thanks to our students,
teachers and staff for sharing your gifts with us!


Don’t forget to follow the latest on the
future of the arts in IPS as our Community Arts Team makes progress on Any
Given Child
, a partnership with the Kennedy Center
to increase equity in arts opportunities for our K–8 students.