WELCOME TO GENERAL MUSIC!
All students learn to be tuneful, beatful and artful!
Cambridge music teachers use both the Feierabend and Kodàly methods of music education when teaching. These methods develop the whole-music learner by teaching students to be tuneful (students can hear tunes in their heads and sing with expression), beatful (students can feel and keep a steady beat), and artful (students can move expressively and be moved by the emotions in music). It is a rote before note approach.
All K-5 students receive 35 minutes of general music instruction once a week. Classes include the following activities throughout the school year:
-movement activities (fine and gross motor)
-vocal exploration and development
-teacher-led, student-led and class-led songs and movements
-song and rhythm creation
-reading and writing rhythms and melodies
Want to introduce your child to classical music at home? Try this 5 minute podcast!
What's Happening in General Music?
K-2 Students worked with a partner (possibly you!) in the Russian folk dance, Sasha! Above is the music. Feel free to click and do the moves listed below.
Sasha with a partner
1. Point to partner and say: Sasha! Sasha! Raz, dva, tri
2. Hands clap with partner in this pattern 2x: right, right, right, left, left, left, both, both, both, knees, knees, knees
3. Swing your partner by one elbow and raise hand up at the end and shout, "HEY!" then switch to other elbow, swing then shout, "HEY!"
4. Walk around the room until the "Sasha!" part returns and remember to face your partner!!
Third Grade students are learning how to play their recorders, using their rhythmic and notation decoding skills to discover and play songs. Ask them to play Mi and Re for you!
Fourth Grade students are learning about the American Revolution through the music written and composed here during that era. Ask them about "Soldier, Soldier"!
Fifth grade students are singing songs, playing games and decoding and creating music with pitches from Do - La. Ask them to demonstrate for you!