Grades K-5

HERE’S WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR IN MUSIC

 

KINDERGARTEN

Listening: “Musical Time Machine” Music Throughout History (1600 – 2013)

Performance and Theory: Percussive Instruments

 

FIRST GRADE

Listening: “We Are Family” (Instrument Families:  Voice, Piano, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion)

Performance and Theory: Orff Instruments (Drums, Xylophones, Metallophones)

 

SECOND AND THIRD GRADES

Listening: Musical EPCOT (Music from the 6 countries that contributed the most to music plus Music of the “Future”)

Performance and Theory: Orff Instruments (Drums, Xylophones, Metallophones)

 

FOURTH GRADE

Listening: Vocal Music (in preparation to learn the tropes with the Hazzan)

Performance and Theory: Recorder

 

FIFTH GRADE

Musical Composition using Orff, Piano and Guitar

 

 ABOUT SOME OF THE METHODS USED IN OUR CLASSROOM

 

KINDERGARTEN THROUGH THIRD

Grades K-3 will learn about the various genres of music that exist as well as basic music theory such as note reading, rhythm and tempo, and dynamics. We will also start learning simple instruments, commonly referred to as “Orff Instruments”.

I will use a combination of Orff, Kodaly, and Suzuki methods to teach your children. Orff is a common method used to teach young children about music and one our school has used in the past.

Orff Schulwerk is based on the work of composer Carl Orff. Orff and Suzuki are similar in that they teach music to children the same way children learn language. They learn simple sounds, then learn to repeat those sounds, and then after about 4 years of repeating both simple and complex sounds (words), they finally begin the process of learning to read and write. Children are encouraged to imitate the instructor, repeat sounds, and improvise. Songs are simple and fall within a singing range that is comfortable to all. There is no set curriculum and the children learn on percussion instruments. Movement is also encouraged and an integral part of the Orff approach.

By combining the two with Kodaly, your children will be introduced to music notation. I believe that music notation is crucial to teaching music. Without it, it would be like trying to read without learning about grammer and punctuation.

 

GRADES 4 and 5

Grade 4 will build on their previously acquired music skills by learning about vocal music. Sight singing will be introduced during music theory in order to help the students prepare for torah reading.

Grade 5 will use their skills to collaborate and create simple rhythmic and melodic compositions which will they will perform and record. As well as learn the various genres of music

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