The Academics Department expounds upon the understanding and
appreciation of music and the fine arts to the glory of 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
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. Additionally, we offer an Intermediate level of Musicianship and Theory as a focused area of study.
Intermediate Musicianship & Theory (IMT)
Music Theory is truly the language of music. As in any language course, we will study how it is written, and how to read it, write it, and speak it more fluently. Musicianship is the expression, technique, and skill with which we take the language we have learned and pass it on to others. This course will be focused on increasing the students’ understanding in the following areas: key relationships, chord progressions and inversions, meter and rhythm, aural skills, and composition basics. The course is open to students who have completed a minimum of 2 years in an upper level instrumental or vocal ensemble at Nashville Notes or by instructor approval. See Course Catalog for more information.
This class will focus on the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Students will learn about composers, their music, and the culture, and what is happening in the world of the eras. This class can either be audited, or homework can be assigned for credit by the instructor and graded by the parent. See Course Catalog for more information.
Worldviews - What lens are YOU looking through?
Students study worldviews, how every human being ascribes to at least one, and how our worldview “lens” affects every decision we make and how we express ourselves through the arts. In the first semester we will look at Theism, Transcendentalism, Naturalism, and Post Modernism, then go deeper to examine some specific worldviews and religions. This class can either be audited, or homework can be assigned for credit by the instructor and graded by the parent. See Course Catalog for more information.