Monday, September 18, 2017

Core Enrichment Offerings: Music & Movement, Ear Training, Dalcroze

Are you wondering what will be covered in your child's Core Enrichment class?  

Never fear, we'll explain it here!

Music & Movement:  This Core Enrichment class is for our youngest participants.  It draws on the pedagogical approaches of Kodaly, Orff, Kindermusik and Suzuki and teaches musical understanding through play, games, singing, and fun!

Ear Training:  This Core Enrichment class is the next step up in sophistication from Music & Movement.  This class uses Suzuki repertoire to study beginning music theory: scale patterns, pitch, rhythmic dictation, etc.

Dalcroze: This Core Enrichment is the next step up from Ear Training.  It teaches concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression using movement.  It focuses on allowing the student to gain physical awareness and experience of music through training that takes place through all the senses, particularly kinesthetic.  Many top-level conservatories require their music majors to study Dalcroze; how fortunate for us that it is part of ISSI's curriculum! 

What is a "Core Enrichment" class?

In every student's schedule, there are core classes: classes that correspond to their instrument and their book and piece level.  Depending on the level of the student, these classes could include masterclass, technique class, repertoire or performance, and even chamber & orchestra for the older students.

In addition to the core classes, there are also "Core Enrichment" classes.  These classes are not instrument-specific, and bring together students of similar ages and levels to work on music in a medium outside of their instrument.

Every student receives one "Core Enrichment" class with their schedule.
(These differ from "Enrichment-only" classes such as Art and Musical Theater, that can be purchased for an additional fee)

Core Enrichment classes can vary from year to year at ISSI; a rotation of offerings keeps things interesting and fresh!

Some Core Enrichment classes that have been offered in the past include:

  • American Fiddling
  • Celtic Fiddling
  • Jazz
  • Dalcroze
  • Music & Movement
  • Ear Training
  • Storytelling
Stay tuned to see what will be offered this year!