It looks like kids have fun when they come to Christine Moore's classroom...and they do. But they also get tools that help them when they hit the books. First grade teacher LaTonya Sharpe says, "you know we like to sing. It depends what the subject is, like during math we'll sing our numbers or we'll clap them out. Even in the morning time with our alphabet, we have an alphabet cheer that we sing every morning. So coming to music every day it helps them a lot."
Her colleagues at Harrison Elementary say Moore also influences the way students behave. She controls who sings in the show choir. Principal Vince Johnson says, "all of our students enjoy participating in the choir; and she would use that as an incentive for them to do right in school. If they're not doing what they're supposed to do in the class, then they're not going to be able to participate in the choir."
Anyone who's been around small kids knows they can get antsy. In Moore's music class, they can move around and then get settled for the rest of the day's learning. Moore says, "in the music curriculum we use a lot of movement activities with the students such as dance and playing and interpreting other songs. We can do movement activities so we do get our physical education."
Moore has taught at Harrison for 13 years. She says research shows a link between music education and better scores on standardized tests.