The path we take as a school when it comes to our Music classes is mainly focused on teaching the mastering of various instruments, helping students understand the language of music, and comprehending the phenomena that occur when performing a musical piece. This process requires a lot of practice, concentration, and perseverance from our students.
SEK Pacífico International School begins this journey by teaching musical literacy and all its components on the staff. This is accompanied by basic concepts within the language itself, understanding terms such as rhythm, beat, melody, and harmony.
In the beginning, we develop rhythm by immediately associating it with musical notes and their durations. Once this is understood, we apply this knowledge to the staff, giving names to these well-known musical figures such as Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, and Si.
To do this, we use the solfeggio technique, which involves reading and singing the notes with the rhythm provided by a metronome. All of this is then applied to simple songs to develop fine motor skills as well as auditory, kinesthetic, and visual memory.
The part that excites students the most when attending our classes is the variety of instruments available in our classrooms. Here, our students’ skills are discovered and enhanced, with percussion and string instruments being their favorites.
In the music room, there are instruments, such as acoustic and electric guitars, electric basses, keyboards, pianos, drums, and percussion accessories, offering a wide range of sounds and rhythms for song creation.
The first musical pieces are usually simple, and then the difficulty level increases. We gradually introduce popular songs that involve more accompanying instruments. This helps students learn to listen, not only to what they are playing but also to what their classmates are doing, allowing them to introduce other instruments.
Working together allows us to create understanding, respect for sound spaces, and empathy toward others. These processes are refined to reach the final stage: composition.
Composition is a period for developing the student’s creative skills, enabling them to analyze and learn about literary figures within song lyrics and apply them in their compositions. They also learn to differentiate between musical styles and techniques of musical composition and recording.
This is considered to be the most creative stage, as students extrapolate their emotions, sensations, and thoughts to create the lyrics of their own songs.
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