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ENRICHMENT

Enrichment Classes expound upon the understanding and
appreciation of music and the fine arts to the glory of God.

 

AGES 5-11

 

Grace Notes Music Foundations 

AGES 5-7

Students are introduced to well-known composers of all genres and time periods. Each class begins with a famous work by our “Composer of the Month” and the students move to the music using scarves or ribbon streamers. Elements of music are discussed such as fast/slow, loud/ soft, smooth/choppy, mood, etc. Each week a different instrument of the orchestra is studied and demonstrated (through video). All four instrument families of the orchestra are covered throughout the year. Other concepts taught are:

  • Beat/no beat

  • Moving and playing to a steady beat

  • Body percussion

  • Identifying and using classroom instruments (sticks, shakers, scrapers, drums, etc.) Quarter

    notes, eighth notes and quarter rest

  • Reading rhythms using Kodaly Method (ta, ti-ti, shh)

  • Echoing solfège patterns (mi, so, la)

Praise Station Music Foundations 

 AGES 8-9

 

Students continue studying composers, building on the foundation started in GNMF, as well as the instrument families. A few new instruments are introduced that are not as commonly seen. New concepts taught are:

  • Naming and identifying woodwind, brass, percussion and string families by sight and sound

  • Identifying form in music: AB, ABA, rondo

  • Dynamics and Dynamics Vocabulary

  • Tempo and Tempo Vocabulary

  • Treble Staff

  • Playing rhythm patterns that include quarter, eighth, half and whole notes and quarter, half and whole rests

  • Echoing solfège patterns including so, la, do re mi so la do

 

Music Bridge

AGES 10-11

 

The purpose of this class is to prepare the students for playing or singing in a higher level ensemble. Students will continue to build on all concepts learned in GNMF and PSMF. New concepts introduced are:

  • Time signatures

  • Sixteenth notes

  • Syncopated rhythms

  • Dotted notes

  • Musical Alphabet (reading music)

  • Ostinato, crescendo, decrescendo, staccato, legato and accent

Students will practice all of these concepts on classroom instruments including bucket drums and recorders. Students will perform as a “Recorder Ensemble” at the Christmas and Spring Programs

 

Included with Designated Ensembles

Musicianship & Theory  (M&T)

Students at Nashville Notes in instrumental and choral ensembles designated with an asterisk in the Course Catalog, receive instruction in the essential topics of music theory and aural skills as part of their education to help them develop as a holistic musician.