The Language of Music - Mid-Pacific Institute

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The Language of Music

Posted on September 20, 2015

by Dr. Edna Hussey on September 20, 2015

Music assembly Iʻve written about our monthly assemblies in previous blogs over the years. These gatherings of our entire preschool and elementary students and faculty are celebrations of learning! As we look through these "windows of learning" at each assembly, we see highly capable, articulate, motivated students eager to share their learning. Take, for example, the most recent assembly. Ms. Kekuna's third and fourth graders from Ms. Montes' class demonstrated how they communicate through the language of music. Having learned some of the grammar of music through the rhythmic value of notes and musical notation, students played notes and beats on Orff instruments. Students in all other grade levels joined in singing the melody. The texture of music was conveyed in the range of instruments, from high to low pitch, including the bell-like resonance of the glockenspiel. Perhaps there will be an opportunity to showcase their learning at the holiday performance December 17. If the assembly was any indication of what you might expect at the end of the semester, you will be amazed.

Dr. Turnbull stopped by to say hello to the students at the assembly and shared his delight about seeing and hearing what students are learning in music.

A treasured tradition at the elementary is Kinder Buddies. Each fifth grader adopts a kindergartner as a friend for the duration of their time at Mid-Pacific, and we hope, for a lifetime. The relationship is fostered through monthly activities when kinders and fifth graders mutually benefit from reading, writing, drawing, playing, and creating together. Take note of the proximity of these two students. How the older student listens attentively. How the younger student seems to feel his ideas are being listened to. (They are drawing images of what they like to do.) In these small moments, kindergartners begin to feel that they are part of a community larger than their classroom. Some "big kid" becomes a big brother or big sister, calls them by name, seeks them out on the elementary campus to give them a hug or high five, and accompanies them on a few campus activities. One more tangible way of how we create a sense of community at Mid-Pacific. Relationships matter.

Please join us for the showing of "Most Likely to Succeed" this Friday, September 25, 5:00pm, Bakken Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served at 4:45pm on Hala Terrace. Introductions begin at 5:15pm, then the film at 5:30pm. A panel discussion featuring students, faculty, and parents will follow the film.

To ponder: Which students do you think are most likely to succeed in school? What conditions in school support student success in learning?

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.