In music class here at Kennedy-Longfellow, all students learn
the fundamentals of music through singing, playing, and movement, using
the approach of Zoltan Kodály. Each year students hone their musical
skills and enrich their musical experience by applying their knowledge
from previous years to their current unit. Visit the KLO Music Blog >>
Students begin in JK and K learning how to keep a steady beat, singing high and low, and singing in tune.
In first grade students begin to clap
and say rhythms, singing in Solfege with syllables and their hand
signs, and play hand percussion.
grade students continue with rhythm, solfege, and hand percussion. They
are introduced to instrument families and begin to play orff
students review rhythms and learn sixteenth notes (Tiri Tiri) as well as
learn more solfege syllables, continuing to sing in tune. Students
prepare for various methods of composition. At the end of the year
students begin notation.
Fourth grade continues to sing in tune as well as their study of notation in preparation for playing the Recorder.
grade has the option of playing or singing in an ensemble. They choose
between a brass/woodwind instrument, string instrument or singing in the