Aiken Vocal Music Students at Aiken explore and develop the most personal instrument of all – - the human voice in vocal music classes for grades K-5.
All students receive sixty minutes of instruction per week. We primarily sing American folk songs and rounds that often incorporate movement, action or dance. This sequential basis for instruction involves children in listening and oral activities that tap the unconscious mind. Slowly musical elements are revealed and made conscious to the student. As concepts related to melody and rhythm are understood, the students relate what they hear to physical movement and then to visual representation. The last and most important step is for pupils to display their understanding using the music writing/notation process.
The instrumental music program at Aiken School is designed to develop musical understanding and instrumental proficiency. All fourth and fifth grade students are encouraged to learn an instrument because everyone has the potential to achieve in music. Research has shown that the study of a musical instrument enhances a student’s academic performance.
The curriculum for the instrumental music program at Aiken develops the “inner instrument” along with the musical instrument because the musical instrument is an extension of the mind and body. The focus of each activity is to empower students to become independent music makers and active music learners. The goal for all students in the instrumental program is to develop a foundation of musical understanding and appreciation that will last a lifetime.
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