All students attend weekly adapted P.E. classes, art or music class, and media classes. Using individual goals or developmentally appropriate lessons, students are able to enjoy the arts, literacy and develop motor skills needed for sports activities and general health.
Music is truly the universal language. Because music touches each individual in so many different ways, participation in our music education classes offers opportunities for learning, creativity and expression that may not be reached through more traditional approaches. This is particularly true with special needs students. We give opportunities for listening, singing, movement activities and playing rhythm instruments. During music classes we strive to reinforce themes and lessons being taught by the classroom teacher, to help the student and the teacher in reaching each student's IEP goals.
There is a Chorus Ensemble for students 16 years and older. From their regular music classes, select students are chosen to maintain appropriate participation and behavioral focus. The chorus performs in school programs, graduation exercises and community events. Every December all students participate in a holiday program performance for their families, friends and the community. We believe this is such a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to perform on stage, and to be able to invite family and friends just as their peers and siblings do in other schools. It is a highlight of our year at McIver.
We invite special performing groups to share with our students also. Students from other schools are invited to play and sing for us. Also, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra sends an ensemble every spring to play at McIver. We strive to provide the same opportunities for our students that all Guilford County schools afford.