Following post is by Mrs. Gillian Catherine Abraham, who taught music and art at Ankur.
Specific to music, the children learn about rhythm and timing, pitch (whether the notes are high or low), tempo (how fast and slow the musicis), and dynamics (how loud or soft the music is . These are the elements that make up the tunes or melodies of the songs they sing, although they may not call them these names!
These elements are discussed with the children in basic terms, however it is not expected that they will necessarily remember or understand them all. The aim is simply to introduce the words and the concepts through ‘doing’ them in the songs.
Aside from absorbing the basic musical concepts, the music class reinforces and assists in the development of the skills and knowledge the children learn in their daily work activities in the school.
For example, through the class the children: –
- Build on their listening skills
- Further develop their concentration and memory
- Improve their co-ordination and exercise their bodies
- Learn to work together as a group, participate in groups, and gain confidence in themselves
- Strengthen their knowledge of body parts (and their relative positions)
- Reinforce what they have learnt about animals, their sounds, homes behaviours and growth
- Reinforce what they have learnt about the natural world, such as trees, seeds, flowers
- Reinforce counting skills
- Expand their cultural exposure (songs contain language and concepts that can be culturally specific)
- Improve their English language skills (listening, speaking and comprehension)
More than all of this, the music class is about everybody (BOTH the teachers and the children) having fun together.