In my class, students work to improve music literacy. When students develop some proficiency, the best way to continue learning is to practice reading with singing and instruments.
Our elementary school is a Title I school in rural Tennessee.
The students have not been exposed to much musical diversity and as a result, have an underdeveloped sense of rhythm, pitch, and other basic concepts. The school may be in the poorest region in our district, but this does not hold my students back while they are within our building. As a school, we believe in support, positivity, and teaching our students to be role models to all those around them. We have the right values and our students have the drive. Now, I need the materials to SHOW my students, rather than tell, and to let them personally TRY out the concepts I present! I teach 600 students, many of whom require additional support, including IEP's and classroom aids.
By the time they reach 3rd grade, my students are beginning to place various rhythms on the staff. This combines their knowledge of counting rhythms with their understanding of high and low sounds. The most effective teaching method for this information is experiential learning. Playing the music they see helps solidify these concepts and can spark their interest to last a lifetime.
Recorders have been used for decades to help students feel successful as budding musicians.
In my class, we will continue this tradition and make connections between the recorder and other woodwinds. We also explore the history of the recorder and how it evolved.
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