At Pearson's Corner School, students participate in music activities in the regular classroom, through weekly music classes, and through special programs such as chorus, concerts, and plays.
Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus
Chorus is open to all fourth or fifth grade students. The chorus rehearses once a week and participates in many school and community events. Some of these events include the Winter Concert, the Hanover County Schools Festival of Arts and Sciences, the All County Fifth Grade Chorus, and the Annual Spring Concert for the Pearson's Corner PTA Picnic.
The Orff way of teaching music is an approach rather than method. The goal is to lead students to develop musical awareness and skills through total involvement. While giving all students the opportunity to make music successfully at their own levels and ability, teachers also offer challenges to the more capable students. Teachers who use the Orff approach must be flexible. They are aware of the responses of the students and are able to adapt, correct, reinforce, or expand the lesson according to the needs of the students.
Carl Orff stated, "What then, is elemental music? Never music alone, but music connected with movement, dance, and speech -not to be listened to, meaningful only in active participation. Elemental music is pre-intellectual, it lacks great form, its contents earthly, natural, almost a physical activity. It can be learned and enjoyed by anyone. It is fitting for children."
Following are some ideas that are basic to the Orff process:
1. The Orff approach is "child-centered." The teacher recognizes the child’s age, capabilities, and interests.
2. Music may come from a variety of sources-children's chants and games, folk songs, stories, poems, melodies composed by the teacher or by the children, etc. Anything that is important or relevant to the child may be used as a basis for making music.
3. Teaching always begins with presentation of the "whole" (song, poem, or story). The "whole" is broken into small parts and eventually returns to the "whole" in expanded musical form.
4. Every child is an active participant. Since children have different ways of learning, opportunities must be provided for visual, aural, and kinesthetic modes of learning. Every child learns every part.
5. Movement and motor activity should be a part of every lesson. This can be a means of self-expression. It can also be used to reinforce visual and aural learning.
6. There should be an opportunity for creative expression in every lesson. This causes the child to become more interested and involved and draws on previous learning experiences.
7. In every lesson there should be some element that expands the child's comprehensive musicianship-music notation, ear training, etc.
8. Emphasis is given to experiencing music as a part of the group: working together, playing together, learning together, and performing together
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