Our first goal in Music is to create a fun, safe, respectful and cooperative environment where students actively enjoy expressing themselves through singing, dancing, drumming, creating and sharing ideas. We teach music from many different perspectives to meet students' varying levels of knowledge and skill. New elements are taught using physical, aural and visual activities. Children often work in pairs or small groups, learning from each other and developing their cooperative skills. Learning songs, dances and rhythms from diverse cultures helps students emotionally connect with these cultures and often reinforces and enhances classroom themes.