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Eclectic Approach: I usually gather materials and teaching methods from a variety of sources to put together lessons children can actively participate in and enjoy while learning musical concepts. An ideal lesson is a brief warm up of a round or movement piece, followed by the main lesson and teaching that concept. Next, the students practice what they have learned through ensemble work, playing the recorder, using movement, body percussion or playing a game. Then, taking what they know to create something entirely new. Students work by themselves, in pairs or in groups.
Mrs. McKay's Music Classes
Mrs. McKay currently teaches
Kindergarten through 5th grade. .
Music is the only subject that combines all the disciplines of learning together. You will find math, social studies, geography, language arts, drama, visual arts and dance/movement in the music classroom. Along with rhythm, melody, form, texture, timber and expression. Music opens our world to other cultures and fosters a better understanding of our diverse world.
Music and movement should be an active and joyful experience.
Many of our Music Lessons are taught with the Orff-Schulwerk approach in mind.
What is Orff-Schulwerk?
The Orff-Schulwerk is an approach to teaching music and movement. Developed by the composers Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, it weaves together the strands of speech and poetry, movement and dance, drama, song, improvisation, and the playing of musical instruments (unpitched percussion, and pitched xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels and recorder). Orff-Schulwerk begins with what is native to the child: clapping, games, rhymes, chants, folksongs and dances. Exploration and experience with sound and movement precedes theoretical study. Music and dance of cultures around the world are embraced in this approach. In the music room, ensemble playing leads to a shared sense of community.
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