Instructor: Mary Heveran
Students attend music class twice a week for 45 minutes each time. In addition to all music concepts and skills previously taught, students are now introduced to part singing, harmony, and countermelody.
A great deal of focus during the fourth grade year in music is the approach to music known as Orff Schulwerk. The Orff approach is a way of teaching children about music that engages mind and body through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting, and the use of percussion instruments such as xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiel.
Students prepare for a spring concert in which they will perform songs of different cultures as well as songs on Orff instruments. In preparation for our annual trip to hear the NJ Symphony Orchestra, students learn to identify, by sound, the instruments within each of the four families of instruments, as well as orchestration, the role of the conductor and the history of the music and the composer of each work.
In the spring, students research a composer of their choice and then present to the class an oral report on the composer, including examples of the composer’s work.