Music is one of our favorite cornerstones of education here at Montessori Episcopal School! All of our classes enjoy a half hour of dedicated music time each week where they practice singing, playing instruments and moving to the beat.
Our mission is to instill a love of music and inspire joyful expression while teaching the basics of tempo, tone and rhythm. In education, music helps integrate all areas of learning. Music connects us not only to those around us and to other areas of learning, but to ourselves as well. It connects an individual’s mind, body, ear and feelings. It helps wire a young child’s brain for acquiring reading, math, physical and social skills.
Music also helps memory and according to Longfellow, it is the universal language that draws us together despite vast differences between cultures, nations, generations and even centuries. Music is fun for all of us.
Our Montessori Musical Education focuses on the following areas:
- Steady Beat with Musical Instruments: We use drums, claves, triangles, bells, shakers, maracas and tambourines to practice making a steady beat. Echo songs are played and patterns are practiced. Children march and play at the same time to increase concentration and focus.
- Singing: Music is a powerful force that can be used to persuade or encourage themes or ideas. Our songs are carefully chosen to reflect themes of patriotism, traditional American folk music, religious chapel themes and cultures from around the world. American Sign Language is also taught to the children.
- Movement to Music: Circle games and movement songs encourage large motor development. Children are asked to express themselves as they respond to various types of music. Many marching and clapping activities support this area of emotional and physical growth. We also work on crossing the midline of the body which is essential for learning to read.
- Instruments and their Sounds: Our children begin the journey to recognizing orchestral families such as brass, woodwind, strings and percussion. We also introduce folk and cultural instruments.
MES Music Teacher
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