Musica! class

Sing, Say, Dance, and Play!

musicaclass@overturema.org

Musica! class is team-taught by all the Overture tutors. The lead teacher for the class is Maureen Anderson.

Musica! class provides students in grades 2nd-6th with the opportunity to be exposed to the foundations of music through a general music class. Just as a visual artist might have several mediums to use, our Musica! students will have the opportunity to try different types of instruments and music-making in this very hands-on class. Students’ learning experiences will include physical movement activities, singing, listening, and introduction to symbols of music notation. Students will begin to learn the basic elements of music – rhythm, melody, and harmony.  Three specific vehicles of instruction will be utilized: 

  • Orff instruments (glockenspiels & xylophones)
  • Nuvo instruments (beginner innovative wind instruments that are modeled on formal band instruments) & floor percussion (toms and gathering drums)
  • Choral activities (Curwen hand signs for Solfeggio, folk songs & partner songs, “sound before sight” singing, TaKaDiMi rhythms, and proper vocal technique for the young voice)

Music shapes the way students understand themselves and the world around them (“Broader Minded,” 2015).

If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart. —Shin’ichi Suzuki

This will be taught by a steady team of music instructors, depending on the aspect of music that the students are learning.  After a year of Musica! class, students will be prepared to pursue learning a band instrument, joining a choral ensemble, or both!  They can also repeat the year of Musica! class since it will be tailored to the students’ abilities and aptitude each year. This class provides a foundation for future years of music making and ensemble participation. The greatest aim we have as musicians is to glorify God with our unique instruments through His incredible gift of music.  Students will  begin to learn more about their God-given talents in this foundation class. 

To many of our ancient philosophers, music was considered a fundamental part of life and education. Plato believed that music was good for children physically, intellectually, and morally. Aristotle believed that music assists humans in learning about themselves, growing themselves, and esteeming themselves. 

(Mark & Madura, Music Education in Your Hands, 2010)

Musica! class will include music-making on pre-band instruments, bringing children together to learn and perform fun music using Nuvo instruments.  Click on each instrument to learn more about the Nuvo Instruments line and see why we’re excited to be bringing this innovative instrument class to middle Tennessee!

KHS America is partnering with Overture Music Academy to provide the premiere opportunity for middle Tennessee homeschool students to access this innovative product lineup, and our Overture staff are fully trained by the developers of the Nuvo instruments and Windstars programs.  They are committed to providing OMA with all the instruments we need for our first year of Musica! class!

Eventually, Overture will have a full Windstars 2 and 3 program that will be a dedicated pre-band year of instrument instruction to complement our Cantate training choir (which will lead to Viva Voce choral ensemble at 6th grade). Nuvo instruments are an affordable up-front investment into instrumental education for students in elementary school. www.westmusic.com retails them for between $100-140, depending on the instrument.

Musica! students will not have to purchase a Nuvo instrument for 22-23 class due to the generosity of KHS America!

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Watch a series of videos explaining the educational philosophy and pedagogical value of the Nuvo instrument lineup!

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