What is the curriculum?

Our curriculum is based on the National Common Core Standards. Our program incorporates parent participation, multi-age classrooms, strong academics, emphasis on arts and creativity, development of social and emtional intelligence, conflict resolution and diversity awareness in a small and supportive learning community designed to optimize each child's intellectual, social, emtional and physical growth.

TPCS Curriculum Videos

Following is a series of videos where TPCS Director, Linda Lambdin, discusses the curriculum at TPCS

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Tierra Pacifica Charter School
Music Program

Currently Verena Elias is teaching music using the Orff method, where students learn music through play, dance and song.  The children are able to work with many instruments including drums, marimbas, recorders, and ukuleles.



Starting in the 2005-06 school year, Stephen Snyder of the group ZunZun has been instructing some or our classes on the "zampoñas", South American panpipes. Students learn how to play these instruments in a large group setting, as that is how they are traditionally played. Everyone's participation is a vital contribution: it is the group playing, not just soloists with back up. Whether a students plays loudly or softly, their contribution is a vital part of the whole.

 

january_06_002_boy_200.jpgZampoñas are a type of instrument from the Andes, but panpipes have been played by cultures all over the world for thousands of years. In the Americas alone there are panpipes from Native cultures, African cultures and European cultures that have taken part in the growth of "American" music. Students will also be singing in Spanish for some pieces. Like all folk music however, Andean music is not stagnant. Though there are pieces hundreds of years old we will study, there are new pieces happening all the time as musicians add their own innovations to the musical genre. Students will be encouraged to compose their own pieces as well. Also, we will not play Andean music exclusively, but delve into music from Central and North America as well.

 

Zampoñas are played by blowing across the tubes. Each tube is numbered, and students learn to play each song by reading the numbers and hearing the melodies. The number of educational tools a student must develop is too long to list but includes: social studies, history, language skills, foreign language study, composition, math skills, reading skills, aural retention, and learning to play together as a group. Because it takes a lot of air, it is also physically demanding.

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Stephen Snyder and Gwynne Cropsey have been performing Music of the Americas (North, Central and South America) for more than 20 years. As part of ZunZun, they have been performing music of the Americas since 1992 in North, Central and South America. ZunZun are winners of many awards and have been honored for their work with youth by such agencies as Bravo television and Billboard Magazine's songwriter competition. They perform at over 200 venues a year, from theaters to festivals, libraries and schools. They are currently working with many agencies, performing interactive musical pieces about water, watershed, recycling and are collaborating locally with Soquel Creek Water District, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the No Waste program in local schools. They have also performed with the Santa Cruz Symphony in their Family Concert Series. Stephen has instructed music for a gamut of ages: at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and in many different educational arenas all the way down to kindergarten.

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Electives:

Students choose an elective, which meets every Friday, for four sessions a year, and lasts for four weeks. Electives can range from cooking or needlepoint to drumming, soccer, or French. It is a time for the whole school to interact together, as all grades are intermixed for these classes.

 

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Students working on Claymation.