Hello Homeschool Programs families,
It is a pleasure working with your students this year in music. In music class, we utilize physical movement to understand music and to learn music theory. In our K-1st grade class we have started working on quarter notes, eighth notes and half notes, concepts of low and high, the first 5 notes of the diatonic scale, and 2-time. In the 1st -2nd grade class we are reviewing the same concepts as the K-1st class in addition to the recognizing rhythm patterns in a song and doing a rhythmic dictation of short songs to develop their aural skills. This year, we will be working more on solfége skills, new rhythm patterns, musical nuance and more. We will most likely add in the use of the glockenspiels again to help bring all of this information into context.
Most importantly the students learn by doing and using their body to demonstrate concepts (i.e. marching, trotting or moving slow like a turtle). Music theory is interwoven after they have demonstrated the concepts through movement, games, and singing. There is very little written work, lecture style teaching, or sitting still. Most kids are bringing their water bottles to school, so thank you, water bottles do come in handy during music time.
Based on the rhythm and tone of the music the students react with movement to emulate what they are hearing.