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The Boulder Valley Music Curriculum provides the foundation for quality music instruction for students and represents the core program for which all schools are accountable. The Boulder Valley Academic Standards in music are the topical organization of the concepts and skills all Colorado students should know and be able to do throughout their preschool through twelfth-grade experience.

1. Expression of Music - The expression of music is the demonstration of human thought and emotion through the medium of performance, which is a product of knowledge and skills gained in the study of music.

2. Creation of Music - The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music. Creating music involves writing music, fashioning new music from an existing piece of music, or forming an entirely new piece of music.

3. Theory of Music - The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process, including musical performance and composition.

4. Aesthetic Valuation of Music - The value of music focuses on the knowledge needed to make an informed evaluation and to provide a well-thought-out critique about a musical piece. It also addresses the beauty, heart, and soul: the aesthetics of music. Valuing music will permit individuals to distinguish between a scholarly and an individual judgment of music.

Meet our Music Teachers

Tina Dozauer-Ray

Tina Dozauer-Ray

Teacher, Music
I am honored to be welcomed into the fold of Fireside Elementary and look forward to joyfully making music with your children! A little about me...I grew up on a farm in southern Iowa, where I cultivated a love of animals, gardening, and music. I earned a BA and BM in vocal performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and my MMEd at CU Boulder. I have taught in BVSD for over 20 years at the high school, middle school, and elementary level, and I have had 3 of my choirs selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Association conference in Colorado Springs. I became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2014. I live here in Louisville with my two teenaged sons, husband, and dog and feel a strong connection to this community. I love singing and playing bluegrass music and sometimes join the Saturday jams at Paul's Coffee. Thanks again for the warm welcome; I'm excited to be a part of your very special school community!

John Kempsell

John Kempsell

Teacher, Instrumental, Middle
Brian Knott

Brian Knott

Teacher, Instrumental, Middle
Dan Pinkston

Dan Pinkston

Teacher, Instrumental, Middle