The Elementary Music classes use the Silver Burdett Ginn text book "The Music Connection". We primarily use the Kodaly approach to elementary music which believes that making music should be a joy for the student. It should not initially be taught from an intellectual perspective, though as they mature we will gradually introduce the symbols used in music.
Singing is the most direct means to a musical education. It requires the rapid internalization of sound and provides immediate participation in the musical experience. The human voice is the most natural of all instruments and is the most logical starting point. So, we will sing in every music class. I have a strong belief that if you can talk, you can sing, and I expect all music students to participate. We will also introduce your student to a variety of musical instruments (primarily percussive instruments) including rhythm sticks, tambourines, maracas, hand drums, and boomwhackers. Movement is also a big part of music, so we will also practice a number of musical games and dances to help them internalize the beat and appreciate the mood of the music.
A thorough education in music will foster musical performers who can make and share music, stewards of their musical and cultural heritage, critical thinkers, creative human beings, and excellent listeners. If we are to develop a child's self-knowledge, self-awareness, and emotions, we need to educate them in music!