Students at Spaulding Memorial School participate in weekly general music classes where students experience music through singing, listening, dancing, and playing. Students learn music through various music learning theories and methodologies. The primary methodology used at Spaulding Memorial School is the First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege curriculums developed by Dr. John F. Feireabend. In music class, students learn to be musical in the following ways:
- Tuneful - to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.
- Beatful - to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either twos or threes.
- Artful - to be moved by music in the many ways muisc can elicit an emotional response.
Students are first taught music through the First Steps in Music curriculum where students experience a "musical workout" to become tuneful, beatful, and artful. The "musical workout" consists of pitch exploration (vocal warm-ups), song fragments (echo songs and call-and-response songs), simple songs, arioso (child-created tunes), SongTales, movement exploration (movement warm-ups), movement for form and expression, and movement with the beat.
Once students demontrate a basic ability of being tuneful, beatful, and artful, they continue to develop their TBA skills while also beginning their music literacy development (reading and writing) using the Conversational Solfege curriculum.
By being tuneful, beatful, and artful, students are prepared to be independently musical and gain the confidence to sing, listen, dance, and play to music without the assistance of others for the rest of their lives.
If you have any questions about the general music curriculum/philosophy or want to know how you can support your student to be tuneful, beatful, and artful at home, please feel free to contact Mr. Buono.