The Enrichment Department expounds upon the understanding and
appreciation of music and the fine arts while glorifying God.
Grace Music Foundations
GMF requires some writing skills. Beginning with a review of rhythms using the Kodaly Method, the students then learn to hear, identify, and write the rhythm patterns. Reading notes is next beginning with the treble clef and possibly learning bass clef as well. Students read, write and play the notes while integrating step and skip intervals. Continued and reinforced lessons on pitches is accomplished using solfege (Do, Mi, Sol) and the musical alphabet (A,B,C,D,E,F,G). Students learn to write it, read it, hear it, play it, sing it and jump it while playing music games to drill the concepts.
Praise Station Music Foundations
Still using the Kodaly Method for rhythm concepts, this class reviews what is learned in GMF and builds onto that, exploring triplets, compound rhythms, syncopated rhythms and possibly more depending on student readiness. We hear it, read it, play it, and identify it. Lessons in note reading begin with review of what is learned in GMF, playing, writing, reading, and walking notes on treble and bass clef staffs. Ear training goes to the next level as students learn to recognize the difference in interval steps and skips throughout the scale using note names as learned on the staffs as well as solfege (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do) applying the “movable Do” technique where “Do” is always the first note of any scale. By the end of this class, pitches and rhythms are combined and students are confidently reading solfege, writing, playing, singing, and moving to the music. They know the note names on the staffs and understand note relationships.
Grace Recorder Class
This class includes a recorder and one instructional book plus sheet music as needed. This is a great introduction to playing an instrument individually and in a group setting. The focus is on beginning rhythm and note reading skills. Concepts are taught and reinforced through games and opportunities to play recorder music chosen for an individual student's skill level. The curriculum is designed to allow each player to advance at their own pace while providing fun reinforcements for progress made.
Praise Recorder Class
Praise Recorder Class includes recorder, one instructional book, and sheet music as needed. These students continue their studies in rhythm and note reading skills. New notes and fingerings are added and rhythms become more challenging. There are more opportunities for small group play--duets, trios, etc. Curriculum varies by student and may include Recorder Karate II, Essential Elements, and sheet music provided by the teacher.
AGES 11 & UP
Theory class is instruction in the grammar of music. It serves to strengthen musicianship while also equipping students with how to talk using the language of music. All ensembles in the Core Division at Nashville Notes include weekly instruction during ensemble time in the essentials of music theory, geared toward the stages of growth within NN. This serves to help them develop as a holistic musician. It is referred to as "Instruction in Musicianship & Theory" (abbreviated "IMT"). Additionally, two levels of music theory classes are offered as a focused area of study. Students wishing to enroll in stand-alone theory study will be given an assessment in order to determine placement into the proper class.
Intermediate Theory is suitable to a student who has had several years of playing or singing experience and some minimal formal instruction in the grammar of music outside of ensemble time. The course assumes working knowledge of concepts in the essentials of theory but takes those further and goes deeper. Notational practices, scales, tonality, advanced rhythmic concepts, chord structures, key signatures, forms of minor scales, interval relationships, beginning transposition skills, chord progressions, dictation skills, and beginning musical analysis will be among some of the topics covered. Development of level-appropriate aural skills will be an ongoing focus.
For the student who demonstrates proficient and working knowledge of concepts such as key signatures, M/m scales & chords, rhythms, as well as some basic skills in harmonic analysis, and levelappropriate aural skills. Topics studied will include qualities and inversions of chords, modes, cadences, harmonic progressions, voice-leading, musical texture, transposition, forms in music, functional harmonic analysis, composition techniques, and counterpoint. Both dictation and aural skills are an ongoing & integral part of the class. This class can also serve as the first phase of preparation for the AP Music Theory test.