Welcome from Mrs. Leslie Zarnowski!
Welcome! I am the Music Specialist at Glen Arden Elementary
School. I teach the Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. The students
have music once a week and will experience a wide variety of musical
I have a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an
emphasis in instrumental music from the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and
Supervision from Western Carolina University.
I enjoy playing the
bassoon in the Hendersonville Community Band and various other
performing groups in Western North Carolina. I also am a resident
artist of the Lions Head Studio.
About Our Curriculum
follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Elementary
Music. The Orff philosophy is also incorporated into my curriculum
throughout the year.
This philosophy is very interactive,
involving the "whole" child through winging movement and playing
instruments. The Orff philosophy encourages children to experience
music at their own level of understanding. Music activities will be
connected to movement, dance, and speech. This approach builds an
understanding of musical concepts and skills by providing students the
opportunity to experience music on all levels: speech/chants, movement,
singing, drama and by playing pitched and unpitched instruments.
first and second graders will be making a singing-reading connection
where words to a song are no longer just words, they are clues to help
children unlock the printed word. After the words are internalized they
can be retrieved and used as a guide for reading and writing.
fourth and fifth graders will be learning to read rhythmic notation,
keeping a steady beat and "jammin" on unpitched instruments. They will
learn Discipline, Respect, and Unity through Music. They will also
learn to play recorders and other pitched instruments independently and
as a class group ensemble. They will learn to read and perform musician
notation. This is a great building block preparing students for music
in Middle and High School. It is my goal that students continue their
study of music in band, orchestra or chorus and become lifelong
participants, fans, advocates and consumers of music.
50 Pinehurst Circle
Arden, NC 28704
(828) 654-1801 (fax)