Music Corner: September 23, 2016

Music Corner: September 23, 2016
Posted on 09/23/2016


By: Shelley Irvin-Kent

September’s Secret Song is revealed!
Three romances for violin and piano, op. 22 (movement 2)
Composer: Clara Schumann
Country: Germany
Date: 1853
Musical Concept: Theme
Listen to the Esbjerg Ensemble starting at 3PM and show the moves!  

Kodály Music Program

For Kindergarten families and other K-2 families new to Haggerty, you should know that we have a specialized Kodály Music Program at Haggerty. This is our second year teaching music to students in grades JK-2 for 30 minutes four times per week. Ms. Irvin-Kent teaches grades JK-2 and Ms. Gaudette teaches grades 3-4 for 45 minutes once per week.

What is the Kodály program?

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) was a visionary teacher, composer and philosopher whose work has influenced musicians and music educators around the world. Following his folk song collecting trips with Béla Bartók in Hungary in the early 1900s, Kodály conceived of a monumental idea: that music could be taught artistically using the traditional folk songs of a culture. Gathering talented, creative teachers around him, Kodály developed a philosophy of music education based on the radical idea of universal music literacy.

What is the Kodály program?

Kodaly’s basic tenets: Music is the core of the curriculum. The body—the singing voice and movement—is the best medium for making music. Experiencing music cannot begin too early. Traditional folk music provides the best and most natural material for becoming a literate musician. Music literacy is like language literacy. Quality music is the best material for teaching. The tools we use in a Kodály-based music class include solfege (think “do, re, mi”), hand signs, and takadimi (rhythmic solfege - words we use to read rhythms). Come by and visit any time! Ms. Gaudette teaches in the art room (110) on Mondays
 and Ms. Irvin-Kent teaches in the music room (111) Monday through Friday (617.349.6555 x111). 

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