For the past three months, Sunbird is conducting regular music classes. These are besides the songs and dances the children are learning in their curriculum. In music class the students got introduced into classical music through the prodigy W.A. Mozart. In the beginning, the sounds were new and they did not pick up. Small famous pieces of him were introduced, and played regularly. The children learned what instruments were playing, i.e. the violin, the viola, the cello, etc. They learned that often a piece of music was written for a particular instrument, for example the french horn or the clarinet. Today they can differentiate these instruments.
We learned together how to keep a rhythm, either with small percussion instruments or simply clap. This has improved a lot as well. Quite a few children can follow a rhythm and a changing pace.
Learning the notes of an octave (in C) is presented with picture cards. To help them understand that, they learned the song ‘do a deer’ from the musical ‘Sound of Music’, which they now can sing well.