Our focus in the early grades is performing steady beat, performing rhythms, singing, and moving purposefully
to music. Xylophones give the students the opportunity to begin performing in ensemble, accompany themselves on instruments, develop team work,
hand-eye coordination and tracking skills, analytical listening skills, and respect for themselves, other players, and instruments. These instruments
visually show the relationship
between pitches, and lead naturally to experimenting with and discussing science of sound – vibration, sound waves, etc.
An Orff “lab” will provide the tools for students to participate in more authentic learning experiences through creating music. This approach uses
speaking, singing, movement, body percussion, and instrument playing that are combined in to create a performance that dramatizes a folk tale or children’s story. Instrument parts range in complexity allowing all learners to participate, feel successful, and make valuable contributions to the whole. All children learn all the parts, allowing all to be challenged to grow according to their ability. Students
experience actually creatingunique, beautiful music and self- expression through singing, instrument
playing, and/or movement.