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General Music




Instrument Donations


Modern Band

General Music


Jennifer Rafferty
Junior High

Heidi Shelly
Randall Elementary

Steven Bellamy
Barry Elementary

Amber Thayer
Parker Elementary

Jennifer Fischer
Smith Elementary

Jonathan Keefner
Virgil Elementary



General music is a required course for all students K-7 in the Cortland School District. In general music class students learn a variety of musical skills and concepts that are crucial to furthering their musical education on instruments, singing, or as lifelong supporters of music and art. The skills they learn also help them be positive, confident mebers of our school community. Students experience music through signing, playing a variety of instruments, movement and critical listening. They also perform in yearly concerts in K-4 to highlight their talents. 

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Jennifer Rafferty

7th grade General Music

A smorgesboard of musical opportunities for students to expand their musical horizons. Units include Ghanaian drumming, making musical instruments, and Modern Band. After students take general music, they often choose to go into performing ensembles in 8th grade.

Sharon PhettePlace

7th Grade General Music

African Drumming, Project Based learning - building percussion instruments, Electronic Music, Guitar and intro. to modern band

Life Skills Music

Junior High Students - 8 note color bells, basic musicianship, musical connections to real life

Heidi Shelly

Randall K-6 General Music

Steven Bellamy

Barry K-6 General Music

Amber Thayer

Parker K-6 General Music


Becky Harris

Smith K-6 General Music

Johnathan Keefner

Virgil K-6 General Music



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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