As the students settle into the last term of the school year, the music room once again comes alive with the many different resonances and reverberations: from students learning to play the recorder and music keyboards, to the sounds of children singing, and the many genres of music explored through listening experiences!
Music is an important part of everyday life for many people. We are surrounded by music everywhere we go, from grocery stores to restaurants. We often play the radio in the car, or have background music on during dinner parties. Music can be used as a teaching tool, a way to create and compose, perform and express oneself. Sometimes we don’t really take the time to listen to music ……it’s like appreciating a beautiful flower or a piece of delicate art. As Victor Hugo says, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” It’s important to really listen to a song to appreciate it as a composition. The saying ‘stop and smell the roses’ can also be applied to ‘stop and listen to the music.’
Recently, the grade eight class submitted a monthly journal based upon this idea of actually listening to a song of their choice. According to the elements of music, they had to analyze the song, using correct music terminology. It was a challenge for them as they were not accustomed to actually LISTENING to what was happening in the music. Working on this exercise, they were amazed to learn how to appreciate music!
So the next time you hear a new song, take the time to stop, listen, and enjoy!