General Music grades K - 3Grades K - 3
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Dates: 2023-08-22 to 2024-04-04
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Tue: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
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I love music! Music is a powerful force, a universal language that crosses all cultural barriers. General music can be enjoyed by any student of any age! It jumpstarts and enhances private music lessons. Even though I am a piano teacher, I think general music is the best way to introduce children to music. Plus, the study of music has been shown to improve overall learning and test scores. Music education inspires creativity, and teaches children to listen well, as well as work as a team. It provides outlets for expressing our deepest emotions. Most amazingly, God asks us to use music to worship Him! Come join us as we learn music by doing music!
This class has a different focus every year and can be repeated. 3rd graders with some music exposure may prefer to be in the 3rd-6th grade class. If you are not sure which class your student should take, please e-mail or text me!
The general music class will teach children the language of music through many activities such as rhythm band, resonator bells, boomwhackers, rhythm sticks, scarves, all kinds of games, solfege reading, singing, listening, and moving.
The students will:
Participate in many activities to practice internalizing a steady beat- a critical music skill.
Learn the difference between beat and rhythm.
Identify, clap, and play basic rhythms.
Learn basic singing skills, focusing on matching pitch.
Sing basic solfege patterns- primarily sol, mi, and la and do dictation with those pitches.
Sing foundational folk songs, including singing games, and learn simple folk dances.
Learn music vocabulary including up/down, high/low, dynamics, tempo, and form.
Listen to well-known pieces of music and begin to identify orchestral instruments by sight and sound.
Learn to play rhythm instruments and resonator bells.
Come join us!
Hi! I'm Debbie Griffin and I love all things music! I graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in K-12 Music Education with a focus on general music, choral music, and piano pedagogy. I also did post-graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I met my husband Rick, who is a pastor. I've taught music in various capacities over the years, including piano, voice, general music and choirs in public and private schools, and I've directed both school and church productions. I really enjoy accompanying and assisting with worship. I'm a 25-year veteran homeschool mom of five children, all of whom have graduated, so I cheer on all of you homeschool moms!