Francely Zurita, Music

MUSIC AND MOUVEMENT / DALCROZE EDUCATION PROGRAM FROM K to 4

I am Mrs. Zurita and  I teach music classroom from K to 4 grade,  in my music class the students will be able to experience music not only trough their ears , songs , or instruments , but also trough movement using their bodies as their first instrument , we will be able to learn   progressively  all the basics of solfege trough the  Dalcroze method  ( explained below ) .
When kids  get to 3 & 4 grade they have an extra class where they will be able to  apply, internalize and consolidate all the knowledge and skills learned on their journey from k t 4  by playing an instrument the  “ Xylophone or Glockenspiel,  this is an opportunity for everyone to play an instrument ,  in order to get the prepared and ready to choose  one of the bigger ensembles that our music program offers  Handbells,  Choir, Orchestra ( by Holly Carpenter ) , Band , Steel drums. 
More about Dalcroze Method
The Dalcroze method, also known as Dalcroze Eurhythmics, incorporates the basic elements of music—rhythm, melody, harmony—with body movement, to provide a multi-dimensional approach to music learning. Unlike most traditional methods, improvisation is a major component of the Dalcroze approach and one of its three aspects:
  • Eurhythmics trains the body in rhythm and dynamics
  • Solfege (sight singing) trains the ear, eye and voice in pitch, melody and harmony
  • Improvisation brings all elements together according to the student's own invention, in movement, with voice, at an instrument. (Dalcroze Society of America)
Beyond musical intelligence, the Dalcroze approach engages and exercises several other aspects of intelligence. Musical games and experiments engage logical thinking. Eurhythmics appeals to kinesthetic and spatial types of learners. The social quality of music-making develops communication, feeling, and empathy. Dalcroze is fun! It has the physicality of sports, aesthetic appeal of the arts, and is mentally challenging, for all ages.
Contemporary research demonstrates that whole-body movement is an effective way to enhance musicianship, improve co-ordination and concentration, and develop the skills needed to be a good performer.
Studying physically, in a group setting, increases confidence, refines the ability to sense and analyze music, and develops auditory memory, communication, expression, and creativity.
While the focus is on music, the benefits can be transferred to all arts in which movement plays a role, including dance, acting, musical theatre, and circus. It also enlivens our understanding of the plastic and static arts, such as painting and sculpture.