The main objective for all the students is to impart on them an understanding of rhythm and its place in music. Rhythm is the most fundamental element of music, and the most accessible to all. Rhythm is a common denominator that transcends questions of whether or not the student has previous exposure to musical training, has musical ability, or has interest in music. Secondary objectives include: improving listening skills, identifying musical instruments, exposure to the music and dance of different cultures, compositional exercises, and for the older students, basic music theory and solfege skills.
9:45 am, 1:15 pm – The course for these students will focus on rhythm and listening skills, and will be taught primarily through games. The rhythm games will be based around reproducing given rhythms, and the ability to keep a beat through movement and/or percussive sound. The games to improve listening skills will be based around identifying different aspects of music, including dynamics and speed.
10:30 am – Students in this course will be essentially taking an expanded form of the course of section 2. The concepts of the games mentioned above will be used, but will include more complex material. These students will also be shown windows into different types of music around the world, and how they blend together to form the music of the United States. Solfege will also be taught to these students, so as to include melodic elements of music as well.
9:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:30 pm – For the oldest students, the teaching strategy will slide away from games and be more traditional. While still including activities that reinforce rhythmic and listening concepts, these students will be taught basic music theory as well. Like the previous section, different world music and solfege will be introduced. Since these students are more capable to develop and verbalize specific interests, part of this course will also be tailored to the desires of the students.