“It is not technique that is the essence of art, but the soul. As soon as the soul can communicate freely, without obstacles, a complete musical effect is created. Technique sufficient for free manifestation of the child’s soul can easily be mastered under a good leader in any school.”
– Zoltan Kodaly
In this newsletter I would like to share with you about singing’s role in child development and expected outcomes for each grade.
At birth, we are provided with a healthy voice. A baby breathes in a healthy, and natural way. Otherwise, it could not cry loudly for hours without losing its voice. As that baby grows older, the shocks of life, the strains and stress, and sometimes the lack of exercise are compounded by unhealthy vocal models on radio and television. Many voices lose their natural ability from childhood to sing in a free and open head tone. How often do we hear children singing with a chesty speaking voice that has lost its beautiful head tone?
Standard 1, in the National Standards for Arts Education, is Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. a steady tempo. Students sing expressively, with appropriate dynamics, phrasing, and interpretation. Students sing from memory a varied repertoire of songs representing genres and styles from diverse cultures. Students sing ostinatos , partner songs, and rounds. Students sing in groups, blending vocal timbres, matching dynamic levels, and responding to the cues of a conductor.
Why Standard 1 is singing?
Teaching voice is more difficult than teaching keyboard or other instruments. The instrument of a singer is the human body; many parts of that instrument are not visible. The voice teacher must resort to imagination, fantasy, and images to teach his students. The teacher must listen to the voice and be able to analyze its problems. He must teach the singer how to listen. Music enables men of different races, men who do not speak the same articulate language, to work together, achieve an harmonious union, and share the same emotions. Repertoire plays big role for education. We want our children to be responsible, decent, caring, compassionate people with good values and much to contribute to the world when they become adults.
Each lesson consists of several activities but singing is always involved. Please, see what song your child is singing during music lessons at present time.
Kindergarten: -“The Alphabet Tango “, “Don Alfredo Baila”
First Grade: -“People in Your Neighborhood”
Second Grade: –“Winter Alphabet” , “Rules for Living”
Third Grade: -“Big dream”
Fourth Grade: -.”Oh, what a day”
Fifth Grade:- “Rhythm of Life”
I hope you had great opportunity to visit Winter Festival. Our students performed songs and I am very proud of them.
Mayya Shoykhet -Music Teacher