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  • Clarinets

    Clarinets at band performance

  • Making Music

    Making Music!

  • Band Performance

    Band Performance

  • Steep Canyon

    Percussionists in a workshop with Mike Ashworth of the Steep Canyon Rangers.


K-5 General Music

Music classes at ArtSpace expose students to a wide selection of instruments, genres, music theory and composition practices. General music classes are structured around the Kodály pedagogical method – this includes focus on rhythmic and melodic concepts through singing, and kinesthetic movements which create a physical understanding in the body. This approach is a sound to symbol process that results in better reading, writing, and performance skills.  All music lessons are aligned with the NC Standard Course of Study and are creatively planned to integrate various academic learning goals.

K-5 students have music instruction once a week for 50 minutes. They are taught to read traditional notation and count rhythmic patterns, and perform with proper posture, breath support and technique. Students demonstrate their understanding within specific guidelines as well as through improvisation.  All grades have two or more performances a year to showcase their learned material through a collaboration of artforms including: music, dance, technology, drama and visual art.

Making connections to local and national history and traditions, as well as world practices, is a large focus in our  music program. K-5 students engage in activities inspired by a selected “Musician of the Month”.  These opportunities allow students to explore artists of various races, gender, musical styles and cultural backgrounds. This comprehensive unit encourages listening skills, global awareness, recognition of specific genres, and aids in developing the use of music vocabulary.  

Music Ensembles

Ensembles at ArtSpace include: 5th and 6th grade Chorus, 6th grade Beginning Band, and a 7th/8th Band Elective.  Each ensemble focuses on the elements of music and music performance.  Music is selected to display an array of genres, at an appropriate skill level, that lends opportunities for individual performers as well as group collaboration.  

All 6th grade students participate in Chorus, and have the choice to learn an instrument in Beginning Band. 5th grade Chorus is an optional ensemble that begins in the spring semester, and meets twice a week for rehearsals. 7th and 8th grade Band is an elective that students choose to participate in.  Ensembles perform in the Winter and Spring concerts to display the culmination of their studies in their music medium.

For more information about our music programs contact Ms. Meg or check out Ms. Meg’s Webpage.

Teaching Staff

Name Phone Ext. Title
Beth Lexa 631 Theatre Arts Specialist
Jocelyn Reese 628 Visual Arts Specialist
Rebecca Triplett 617 Dance Specialist
Meg Boerner 641 Music Specialist and Band Teacher
Michael Barfield 638 Physical Education Specialist and Exceptional Children’s Assistant
Steve Lipe 610 Instructional Technology Specialist

Recent Classroom News

The Little Prince: Time Bandits – A Multilayered Performance

[caption id="attachment_7705" align="alignright" width="300"] One of the LIttle Prince's[/caption] Recently 4th grade students at ArtSpace Charter School performed an original multi-layered social studies play entitled “The Little Prince Time Bandits”.  This piece combined puppet theater ...

ArtSpace Grateful for Partnership with Old Depot Association

Over the years ArtSpace Charter School has depended on the generosity of various community organizations to support special programming that would not be affordable otherwise.  ArtSpace is very grateful for their continued relationship with the ...

Silk Road Bazaar in Western North Carolina!

[caption id="attachment_7620" align="alignleft" width="200"] A Silk Road buddhist poet explaining his inspiration to become a poet.[/caption] Right before winter break sixth graders at ArtSpace journeyed back in time to Samarkand and the Great Silk Road ...

The World’s Fair at ArtSpace

[caption id="attachment_7426" align="alignleft" width="300"] 2nd graders completing their tango[/caption] Wednesday, April 27th - ArtSpace 2nd graders took part in their annual World’s Fair. The fair is the culmination of a two month study of the ...

The Genesis and History of Performance at ArtSpace

Since 2001, ArtSpace  has utilized a combination of direct arts instruction, arts exposure, and arts integration to engage students in their learning.  In this 15 years ArtSpace has built an incredible performance history.  Each year ...

Good-Bye Old World: 4th Grade Colonial Night

SWANNANOA, NC- On Thursday, February 11, 2016, ArtSpace 4th graders demonstrated their knowledge of  NC colonial history through an evening filled with performances.  Students opened the evening by dancing a traditional reel common to colonial ...

Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!

SWANNANOA, NC- The ArtSpace stage will be filled with exciting performances, informances and special events throughout December and January!  This week is the 4th Annual Medieval Faire hosted by ArtSpace 6th graders.This is not a ...

CAN’D AID Foundation and Steep Canyon Rangers at ArtSpace!

On November 18th, ArtSpace will benefit from a gift from Oskar Blues Brewery’s CAN’d AID Foundation.  The foundation will be presenting ArtSpace with a class set of guitars and hosting a 90 minute workshop with members ...