The Montessori School subscribes to the Orff Schulwerk music approach which was developed by the late German composer and Carl Orff and educator Gunild Keetman. This method taps into children’s natural instincts to make music through active participation. The children learn by doing. They build musicianship through singing, playing instruments, speech and movement. The children are constantly making music in a hands-on, active and playful way that comes naturally to children.
Early musical training helps develop areas of the brain involved in language, reasoning and problem-solving. Research shows study of music enhances concentration and improves school performance. At the same time, performance art teaches children to overcome their fears and become risk-takers so they can fully develop their potential.
Uninhibited pre-schoolers have a natural love of music and performance, so it is important not to underestimate their capabilities and tap these instincts early. The Orff-Schulwerk music and movement pedagogy is introduced in the 2-year-old Toddler Program and continues as children advance through the Montessori and Lower School music programs.
In the pre-school music program:
• Rhythmic competence is developed where children learn to keep a steady beat, and to recognize and perform simple rhythms.
• Tonal awareness is developed where children learn to find their singing voices, repeat pitches accurately and sing in tune.
• Children learn basic body awareness and how to move artistically and expressively to music.
• Diversity is celebrated through exploration of music from a variety of cultures and around the world.