“Elemental music is never just music. It’s bound up with movement,
dance and speech, and so it is a form of music in which one must
participate, in which one is involved not as a listener but as a co-performer.” – Carl Orff
Music is an integral part of a child’s life from birth to adulthood. Our music programs use research based on Dr. Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory. In Music Learning Theory, we teach patterns- musical words – to students in a logical, sequential way that yields musical understanding. At this stage of development singing, movement and playing of instruments are used to achieve musical understanding. The overall goal of the program is to stimulate a child’s potential in music through active and entertaining musical activities. Weekly classes include singing, chanting, moving, playing percussion and tonal instruments and echoing patterns.
The Music and Montessori classrooms are designed for a child’s success in their learning. Like the Montessori approach, the Orff-Schulwerk Music Education emphasizes the child’s natural desire to move. Both approaches engage the children through active participation in music, literature, playing of instruments, songs and dances from many cultures. Orff- Schulwerk music instruments are designed to be ‘child friendly’, so all students are able to immediately create music and express their feelings and even our youngest children will have the opportunity to play the Orff-Schulwerk instruments.
The Orff- Schulwerk approach for music education for children is based on the goal of developing a sense of rhythm and musical independence through exploration, imitation, improvisation, and creation. Music activities are created to help the child move through these goals to achieve musical independence. Classroom activities include:
Reading, singing, chanting
Dance, body percussion
The playing of Orff-Schulwerk xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels, pitched and unpitched percussion instruments & drums, Ukuleles and recorders.
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into
the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity,
and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing
our children with a complete education that includes music.” – Gerald
Music in Motion!
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