Student participation will include:
♪ Movement /
♪ Beat / Rhythm
/ Melodic Studies
♪ Note Reading
♪ Poems / Rhymes
*Ensemble playing incorporates melodic instruments including xylophones,
glockenspiels and metallophones that are played in ensemble together with
drums and a variety of small percussion.
PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
Preschool and Kindergarten lessons begin
with listening activities, sound sensitivity, and the control of sound and
silence. The notation of sound and silence is the introduction to our
musical code system. Rhythmic skills are introduced through the analysis of
long and short sounds; melodic skills developed by high and low sounds, and
vocal inflection. The instruments of the tonebar ensemble provide each child
with well tuned examples of pitch and harmony. Large body movement, then arm
and shoulder, and finally, the training of finger dexterity, is the sequence
used in developing coordination skills. Joyful music making and a positive
self image are overall intentions of the program.
Children in First Grade classes will
continue their experiences of listening, imitation and exploration. They
will move forward to new extensions and interpretations of musical
concepts. Ensemble playing will be emphasized through movement, speech,
song and instrument playing within a larger group. Notation skills,
developed through movement, rhythmic and melodic speech, instrumental ostinati, and improvisation, progress according to language development.
Sequencing and memory span activities help students read musical phrases and
sentences rather than “note-to-note” hesitant reading. It is important to
note that all of these musical skills will also aid class members in other
areas such as math and phonics.
STARTING AT SECOND GRADE
Starting at second grade, classes
progressively include recorder, keyboard, dulcimer,
electronic instruments and instrument making experiences.
One fun way to
play the recorder.
An early exploration with good posture
"I can't believe I made this myself!"
"Maybe I'll be a rock star one
Playing a Theremin
8th graders building a glass xylophone
High Schoolers building drums.
Middle School students will have the
opportunity to be totally involved in the process of making a musical
instrument, from working the mathematical formulas of acoustics to sawing,
painting, and tuning wood for a xylophone-type instrument.
PLANET DRUM: A CELEBRATION OF PERCUSSION AND RHYTHM
This High School class, created and
patterned after a book by the same name, explores many cultures including
Africa, India, Japan, Latin America, and Native America through their use of
drums and various percussion instruments. Students have the opportunity to
have “hands on” a vast array of authentic ethnic instruments from the
Studio’s collection, while learning playing techniques, musical
characteristics of a culture, as well as acquiring a broad knowledge of
World Music. Drums and percussion instruments will be made by class
Summer programs for elementary and
school students examine the music, art and drama of various cultures, such
as Africa, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, China and Japan.
Summer music art and drama topics for
preschool and kindergarten students include Circus
Marionettes, The Shape of Me, Sleeping Beauty, Peter and the Wolf, Dragons and
Fairy Tales, Musical Instruments Made to Be Played.
The last class of each nine week term is unique for teachers and students*
to share with parents experiences they have had during the term. This
regularly scheduled lesson is designed to demonstrate the Orff process and
its philosophy. Parents are informed about materials and advised of
activities to be done at home or within the community, thus enriching the
musical accomplishments of the students.
*Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade.
Older students will share with their parents twice a year at the discretion
of the teacher.
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