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General Music






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General Music

Heidi Shelley

Smith Intermediate School

Steven Bellamy
Junior High School

Amber Thayer
Randall Middle School

Becki Harris
Barry Elementary

John Keefer
7th Grade Music



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.

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John Keefer

7th Grade Music

Heidi Shelley

Smith Intermediate General Music

Our goal as the Cortland Music Department is to provide all students with a high quality music education that promotes life-long learners, performers, and supporters of the fine arts.

Students come to music classes twice every 6 day cycle and enjoy participating in a variety of musical experiences including:

  • Performing through singing and instrument

  • Creating, composing, improvising, and notating musical idea

  • Responding to music

  • Connecting their musical learning with other areas

    Some of the different instrument units covered in music classes include xylophones, ukuleles, djembes, bucket drums, recorders, piano keyboards.

Steven Bellamy

Junior High School General Music

Amber Thayer 

Randall Middle School General Music

Mrs. Thayer enjoys having fun in general music and chorus.


Becki Harris

Barry Primary School General Music



Mr. Robert J. Edwards, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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