Our Music classes incorporate a variety of musical experiences.
Singing is an important part of the musical classroom. Children are developing the ability to sing in tune and "find" their own voice. They have many opportunities to sing alone and with a group. Echo singing is often practiced to reinforce pitch awareness.
Songs from many cultures are introduced throughout the year, as well as songs related to the seasons and holidays. Many traditional children's songs are also taught.
Performing on instruments Music students play a variety of classroom instruments, such as drums, tambourines, wood blocks, triangles , maracas etc. These instruments are used to play a steady beat or to reinforce different rhythm patterns. The children learn to read quarter notes (ta), eighth notes(ti-ti) and half note(ta-ah). Several patterns are played on the instruments along with the song of the day. Students are given the opportunity to explore the timbre of each instrument and are encouraged to improvise their own rhythms or melodies.
Listening Students identify the sounds of a variety of instruments including orchestra and band
instruments. They respond to the music by purposeful movement to selected musical characteristics, such as slow/fast or high/low. The students identify simple musical forms such as AB, ABA and rondo forms.
Musical Elements The children explore many musical elements such as high/low, loud/soft, short/long, slow/fast , groups of twos and threes. Activities to reinforce These concept include movement, ball bouncing to the beat , singing and playing instruments.
Assemblies Each month students participate in musical assemblies. The whole group sings the songs learned for that month.