March 18, 2013
Stone Middle School Named FL DOE Music Demonstration School
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Stone Middle School has been recognized as a Music Demonstration School by the Florida Department of Education and Florida Music Educators Association. 

Florida has over 4,000 Public Schools. Thirty-two of Florida's Public Schools have received this recognition. So another way of viewing this, is that Stone is in the top one percent of K12 Florida for Music Education! 

A Demonstration School is a school in which the music program is comprehensive in scope and outstanding in quality. It contributes to the overall excellence of the school environment, addresses the Sunshine State Standards in exemplary ways, and promotes academic and aesthetic student achievement in music and other areas of the curriculum.

Dan Lee, Band & Orchestra Instructor
Stone Middle School

Music is an integral and valued part of our school culture and community.

Music at Stone is taught in an inviting yet rigorous manner that challenges students to learn and improve via their own individual determination.

I teach with the idea that music is a creative and expressive application of all fields of study. Music is the culmination of all knowledge, a synthesis far greater than a single subject area. Music education gives students the ability to understand something that makes them truly human.

Being a Music Demonstration School validates that what we are doing for our students is beneficial to their overall well-being and their development as the future of humanity.

Jennifer Rock, Chorus Instructor
Stone Middle School

Being designated as a Music Demonstration School is an outward recognition of the inward support that the Stone Music Program receives from our hard-working students and their supportive community of teachers, administrators, parents, and families. We strive to make meaningful music opportunities available to all of our students.

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What is a Demonstration School?
All music educators in the applicant school are certified in K-12 Music Education; teach in-field throughout each instructional
day; have been employed in their current teaching assignment at the applicant school for a minimum of two full years.
The music program incorporates Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and provides:
  • general, vocal, and instrumental music instruction;
  • individual, small-group, and large class or ensemble instruction and activities;
  • evidence of formative and summative assessment;
  • instructional planning informed by assessment;
  • a sufficient scope of instruction and variety of experiences to serve the total school population; and
  • modifications or accommodations for students with special needs, including those having high levels of musical aptitude or skill.
  • Music instruction is based on a written program of sequential skills development and musical processes.
  • All teachers in the music program are certified music educators who seek to improve or augment their skills through appropriate professional development activities.
  • The music program has sufficient time for substantive instruction, properly equipped classrooms, appropriate instructional materials, reasonable class sizes, physical facilities for a variety of activities, and a safe and aesthetically satisfying environment.
  • The performance aspect of the program is of high quality according to generally accepted criteria.
  • There is reciprocation of services and enrichment among schools in the district and between the school music program and the community.
  • The music program purposefully contributes to the success of students in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science.
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