Posted on November 22, 2017
This semester, the children participated in a variety of musical experiences like singing, dancing, instrument exploration, and creative movement activities to develop their musical skills. They learned variations of vocal warm-ups to build voice, pitch matching, rhythm, breath control, and beat. They also focused on beat, rhythm, rhythmic values, and music theory using the Kodaly method of stick notation, or stems without note heads. We reviewed and played ta, ti-ti, quarter rest, and steady beat, and also learned ta-a (half note). Activities included clapping, reading, and playing instruments individually and in a group. They also composed their own rhythm combinations and performed these rhythmic patterns accurately in two parts while maintaining a steady beat. They used xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels to support and extend their learning. They participated in several activities that include musical notation, theory, and performance, extending and expanding their creativity.
The 3/4 Multiage learned and played two different songs, "Starlight, Starbright" and "I See The Moon." They played each song individually and together with a partner while performing their specific melody and maintaining a steady beat. We discussed 'measures' and how each measure needed to have 4 beats.
The 5th graders reviewed and played ta, ti-ti, quarter rest, and steady beat, and also learned ta-a (half note) using Orff instruments. Activities included clapping, reading, and playing instruments individually and in a group. They created their own original compositions and extended this activity by adding specific notes, C-E-G, to their rhythms. A variety of concepts were incorporated to teach high/low pitch, fast/slow tempo, loud/soft dynamics, and the speaking/singing voice. The Orff-Schulwerk approach believes that music and movement are two primary art forms that are to be considered equal and interdependent.