Instructor: Mrs. Morris
School phone: 336-703-4102
My name is Mrs. Morris. 2019-2020 is my 6th year at Diggs-Latham Elementary School. I previously have taught at Northern Guilford High School teaching Chorus and Orchestra. Before my public school career I was a private lesson teacher. I have taught private students on Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass. I am a Suzuki trained teacher who studies all methods I can find, incorporates things that work, and creates innovative and engaging activities for students to master skills on the Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass.
At Diggs-Latham Elementary children get to come to Orchestra once a week. Students will learn basic and rudimentary Orchestra skills and knowledge that will increase their potential for success in the middle school music classroom whether that is band or orchestra. Students that only attend once-a-week gain a basic understanding of instrument study and basic knowledge of instrument families and functions.
I have a morning practice time Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays that will increase skills as students practice consistently. Attendance, working independently, collaborating with other students, and following directions greatly increases student's success on a particular instrument. I call my skills based learning system 'Orchestra Tai Chi.' Students earn stars and ribbons as they gain skills on their instrument. Students benefit from instrument study by learning discipline, collaborating with others, and having fun.
Over the past two years I have fostered a relationship with The Winston Salem Symphony's outreach program called P.L.A.Y. Music. I shamelessly recruit and prepare as many students as possible to participate in P.L.A.Y. Music. I hope that students will continue to sign up as youngsters and prepare themselves as older students to participate in the fun after school orchestra program the symphony runs here at Diggs-Latham for Diggs-Latham students.
In addition, I have fostered a relationship with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Office of Community Engagement. We have students from UNCSA come and teach our students during the school day. This has produced students that love the violin and have continued to play in many settings in the community.