FDES students work on mastery of musical literacy in order to communicate with others through performing, responding, developing their own creative capacity. My students learn higher level thinking skills and set goals towards the improvement of their musicianship. Musically literate students understand works from a variety of cultures and historical periods while appreciating diverse musical forms of enduring quality and significance. Through dramatic play, instruments, singing, and dancing students develop discipline, confidence, respect of themselves, and the respect of others.The learning is engaging and rigorous. When you combine these two attributes in a curriculum it allows students to collaboratively share their work with communities thereby enhancing the lives of others while establishing a pattern of lifelong learning.