Elementary students at Freedom Crossing Academy will develop their musicianship by singing with proper technique, moving to the beat, playing instruments in ensemble settings, listening and reacting to quality music, speaking in rhythm, chanting in rhyme, improvising melodies, reading iconic notation, writing musical motives, and creating in-class performances.
An Orff-Schulwerk classroom is full of active music making. Composer and Educator Carl Orff said, “Elementary music is never music alone, but forms a unity with movement, dance, and speech. It is music that one makes oneself, in which one takes part not as a listener, but as a participant.”
FCA students will learn how to be “musical”. Our tools will be our voices, bodies, drums, recorders, and xylophones. Creativity and musicality will be valued and nurtured. High quality music will be used, including the classics, folk music, and American music. Ensemble experiences will build a sense of community and unity.
Recorders will be used in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade to practice music literacy skills, musical form, and music vocabulary in context of a song. Hands on activities will make learning memorable and authentic.