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Children First 
Blog EntryBlog: Monday, February 6, 2017

What We Do In My Vocal Music Class

I am lucky to have a large room filled with instruments and experiences to offer my students multi-cultural knowledge, enjoyment and skill. Although I encourage and teach proper singing technique, and often include children’s favorite appropriate pop songs, some children just don’t want to sing. There are so many other musical opportunities to offer including learning the basics of playing percussion, keyboard, guitar, and harp. We learn to read simple rhythms and notes on the staff and play together. Third grades play flutophone and fourth grades the recorder. We're even practicing our conducting skills! They love to learn how to make music. We combine instruments like percussion, boomwhackers, bells and xylophones accompanied by original educational poems, songs and raps.
 
All my students build a music vocabulary which we apply as we listen, discuss and write about music of different genres. We try to understand why some composers and performers become legends. We also study the artistic history of African American, Latin and other immigrant cultures that all contributed to the American performing arts culture.  We learn to respect our differences and how understand why it is important to preserve our individual cultures in this country.
 
We also study various music compositions forms and how they relate to creative structure. The upper grades learn to use Garageband – a composition computer program.

Much of our class is spent singing and learning to make music together as opposed to noise, but just as important, we learn how to really truly listen and share our opinions with each other. That is sometimes harder to do. This year I have added simple improvisation/acting exercises.
As students grow in the development of these skills, so does their confidence and self esteem -priceless as it influences their entire life.

 
 

Posted by Sharman Nittoli
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