The students in each grade have continued learning procedures and expectations and are improving. Thank you for all the family support.
Following the Fall Break, students will begin learning about the Orff instruments in our classroom. Carl Orff was a composer and writer in the early 20th century who developed a method for teaching music. Today, it's referred to simply as the "Orff Method". Music educators can attending certification training in this method. I have obtained my certification in Level One. The small xylophones and metallophones were developed by Mr. Orff for his method. They are central to his philosophy but it also includes lots of singing, moving, composing, and other instruments.
Unfortunately, some of our instruments have been damaged in the past and without funding from the district, five of them are not playable. I have included some of the parts for repairs on my Amazon classroom wishlist. The missing bars can only be purchased through authorized dealers, but you can donate funds for us to do so. If anyone would like to help us obtain these parts, it would be a huge help. All of these items can be found on the "Classroom Needs" page.
Each grade level will get to utilize the instruments throughout the year at various levels depending on their development stage. They are very fun for the students and they get ample opportunities to create and compose their own melodies.
For the Fourth Grade, these instruments will be used to fulfill the "pitched instrument" requirement for the music curriculum. At this time, we do not plan to learn the Recorder.
Also, for third and fourth grades, I will be exploring the option of adding an after-school choral program. I have been a choral director my whole career at all levels and the programs are valuable to the overall music education for those participating students. If we have enough interest, the choir will likely be available only to those students not participating in the Disney musical as rehearsals for both are valuable. However, I will work with the Disney committee to hopefully develop a schedule that can work for all. This is just at an exploratory stage right now.
Thank you for your support!
Greetings Sylvan Park Families! We have now been in school for almost 6 weeks. Time is moving on. Too bad this hot weather isn't moving too. Since redesigning the website I will be updating everyone on what the music classes have been learning since the beginning of the school year.
For the first six weeks each grade level has been working on the same basic skills for music class. We have spent a lot of time learning the class rules, procedures, and expectations. We have learned and practiced them each class meeting and are getting better each time. Kindergarten is taking a little longer to get the hang of things as expected, but they've come a long way since the first week already.
In addition to learning various songs for each grade level, all classes have been focusing on one of the most important musical skills, listening. This skill is essential but is also the weakest one among today's generation. Hearing and Listening are actually two very different concepts. We plan to expand on these concepts and continue learning the skill of listening throughout the whole year.
Thank you all for welcoming me to Sylvan Park so warmly. I am looking forward to the rest of the year.