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. We focused on musical concepts such as tempo (fast and slow), dynamics (loud and soft), pitch (high and low), melody or ostinato (same and different). We did a variety of activities and extensions that supported and reinforced student learning.
The children were also introduced to so and mi on the musical scale. So-mi songs are bitonic melodies, or songs that are written using two notes. The Kindergarten learned "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," a bitonic song that allowed them to sing so-mi, as well as exercises in matching pitch.
They also studied beat, rhythm, rhythmic values, and music theory using the Kodaly method of stick notation, or stems without note heads. This encouraged them to focus mainly on rhythm. They learned to play ta (quarter note), titi (eighth notes), the quarter rest, and steady beat. Activities included clapping, reading, and playing instruments individually and in a group. The multiage 1/2 composed rhythm combinations using ta, titi, and rest using card manipulatives, and performed their rhythmic patterns while maintaining a steady beat.
A variety of concepts was 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.