Why teach music? It has the power to transform It is a fundamental part of being human It can prime children’s brains for pattern and order Developing aural memory is vital It brings new experiences to children and can open up new avenues for them Like language learning – needs to start early!
“But I’m not musical!.....” Are you A poet An historian An athlete Published author Statistician Physicist Mathematician Artist And it doesn’t stop you right?!
Singing Any note is the right note! Start slightly higher than you think (Tip – think of starting note then sing 123 up the scale & then start on 3) Call and response You sing – they listen They sing - you listen Use the singing gesture
Thinking voice Need lots of practise Strong internal monologue is associated with high achievers Use thinking voice gesture everytime to signal to children
Rhythm Pattern of rests and notes Tap the rhythm on your palm Always use this gesture – will help to distinguish from pulse
Pulse Heartbeat of the music Mark it by tapping knees or chest silently Felt, rather than heard
“ Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not torture but a joy for the pupil; instil a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last a lifetime. Music must not be approached from its intellectual, rational side nor should it be conveyed to the child as a system of algebraic symbols or as a secret language with which he has no connection…. If the child is not filled at least once by the life giving stream of music during the most susceptible period between 6 and 16 – it will hardly be of any use later on” Zoltan Kodaly (composer and educator)
Thank you for listening! washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life Red Auerbach
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