Music is a vibrant, joyful thread that is woven through every aspect of our children’s lives. Throughout the month of May in Music class, we have focused on celebrating and appreciating its universal beauty and value.
For our young learners in Casa, rhythmic movement is a natural and resonant way to actively and physically engage in Music. We have particularly enjoyed practising walking carefully on a tightrope while listening to a steady beat, using both body and mind to keep our balance.
The shared appreciation of Music has also played a central role in our classes this month. In Casa, the children have enjoyed sharing songs with one another, with children performing with bravura in front of their classmates. Many of them shared songs that were familiar and/or funny, and it is always wonderful to observe the children respond so positively to their peers as they perform.
In Lower Elementary, we have likewise focused on appreciating Music, with the children sharing original songs and performances with their classmates. These opportunities for creative expression are especially important for the imaginative Elementary child, and we have had some innovative interpretations of songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as well as the sharing of original songs with instrumental accompaniment! We have also reached back into history and learned to respond to and appreciate the work of classical composers such as Franz Joseph Haydn, by doing associative drawing as we listened to his music.
Interactive, collaborative activities such as drum circles are particularly enjoyed by the budding young musicians in Upper Elementary. This month, we have really enjoyed playing “Call and Response” games with the Cuban conga drums. In the process of doing so, the students actively explored various tones to draw out the best sound from these rhythmic instruments.
It has been wonderful to explore the richness of Music in so many ways throughout the month of May, and all of the children are now excited to focus their energies on rehearsing for our end-of-year concert in June!
At the end of February and the beginning of March, students from Lower and Upper Elementary took part in the National Children’s Festival of the Arts (NCFA). MBTS students competed in the Instrumental and Speech Competitions, as well as in the Choir Competition.
The festival is always a wonderful opportunity for the children to showcase their musical and dramatic abilities, and to apply the various skills they are learning in Music and the Performing Arts. Although participation in the NCFA was voluntary, many students were eager to take part in the event, with several older students even opting to perform solos or piano and voice duets.
Congratulations to all of the children who took part in the NCFA!
In early January, the Middle Years students played three songs to the Casa children. The songs were “The Wheels On The Bus,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
The Casa children enjoyed it so much and they were so happy to sing along. MYP student Kai said, “I enjoyed playing the guitar for the Casa children because it was something that we have never done before, and so it was good to change things up.”
The Middle Years students enjoyed the guitar unit in Music, and loved this chance to share and show off their skills.