In the Term 2 holidays I was fortunate enough to travel to Canada on a Staff Scholarship to attend a 10-day training conference at the University of Alberta. The focus of this course was on how Junior School students can learn music through a skill-based programme that is centered around singing and song learning. This method of learning, called the Kodály method, is prevalent in many great schools around the world and is a wonderful way of teaching our girls the complexities of music in very simple, graduated, and practical ways.
Since the inception of the Kodály learning method in Junior School music, girls have been having an amazing time in their music classes singing, dancing, listening carefully, and expressing all of their musical understanding in meaningful written work. That is right – Junior School girls are having great success in writing music!
One of the best things about this singing approach to learning music, aside from the fact that the girls learn so many new songs, is that the understanding and skills that the girls gain from the program give them a head start when taking up new musical instruments. The musical skills that our girls acquire in their music classes will also be a huge help when they become members of bands and choirs at the College, or when they join musical groups at any other time in their lives.
In class, Junior School girls are going to be applying their fantastic musical knowledge by playing classroom instruments along with modern songs. We will be having lots of fun improvising on instruments, reading music when playing on instruments, and girls will even be learning how to conduct groups of performing musicians.
A huge thank you to Mrs Lynda Reid and to the Trust Board for supporting our girls’ musical learning in this fabulous way.
Mr Andrew Stewart
TIC of Junior School Music