Updated: Mar 17
The oldest musical instrument that archeologists discovered a few years ago is a 40,000 years old bone flute. Singing, dancing, and playing are important ways through which all children learn cognitive, language, social, and emotional skills. In addition, music, playing games, and knitting are the three most powerful antidotes against stress, nervousness, and anxieties.
So let’s take a look at our musical activities in the morning in Grade 6. Many children have learned to read music quite well and have become more independent in their creative expression. We have adopted a band-like style where individuals are free to add timbre, harmony, rhythm, cadence, progression, and ornamentation to our traditional and modern folk songs, medieval Latin chants, seasonal songs and songs from around the world.
Here is the list of instruments the children use when playing music together in the morning: tin whistles, bass recorders, alto recorders, drums, spoons, cello, violin, ukulele, guitar, and piano.
What a treat to start the day in this way!
Blessings to all and a happy St. Patrick's Day!
Hans-Peter Mothes, Class 6 teacher