The music program at Scales is based on the Kodály Approach to Music Education. Zoltán Kodály, 1882-1867, was a Hungarian composer, enthnomusicologist and educator. The hallmarks of the approach that bears his name are 1. Folk song and high-quality compositions 2. Beautiful, healthy singing 3. The musical tools of solfege, rhythm syllables and hand signs 4. The development of true musical literacy, the ability to read and think music in one’s mind.
Our classes meet once during the six day cycle for 45 minutes. A typical lesson includes vocal warm ups, review of repertoire, songs and games to prepare a new rhythm, pitch or concept, a movement activity or dance, and songs to practice a musical skills and concepts. Students in grades 3-5 play the recorder, and all grade levels have opportunities to incorporate classroom instruments to our songs.
As learners of music, we are focused on the process of making music rather than polishing a particular performance. Still, we are proud of our work, and we will share what we’ve learned at our grade level music nights. We hope you can join us, not only in the audience, but maybe for a song or dance as well!
Beyond the school day, 4th and 5th graders will have the opportunity to participate in chorus. The chorus will present one or two concerts each year. There are also opportunities to sing in a spring musical or talent show. If you’d like to know more about music at Scales, please get in touch with Mr. Sennett! (email@example.com)