Whew! The school year has started, and we are wrooom, wroom, wroom off to the races. My name is Mr. Brown, and I am your child’s music teacher in Year 2. We have begun to introduce awesome composers, such as Stravinsky and Gershwin and are diving in to the Juilliard creative classroom. We have been learning about contours or shapes within music. Who knew music segments had shapes?
This week we looked at the Juilliard core work; Thelonious Monks-Blue Monk “drawing a masterpiece musically”. The joy they have been experiencing by taking segments of the music, singing, and drawing in the air has been wonderful to experience and students are now also creating shapes from the sheet music, and sound arc.
That’s the potency of the Juilliard Creative Classroom which takes everyday works and uses the works to bring music understanding to the youngest listeners. In one exercise, Year 2 created a new melody from the various melody segments. After they collaborated, they sung their song and drew the contours. Year 2 is off to a great start year. Year 2 by the way is my best year 2 class ever.
P. S. I wonder what adventures they will participate in next?