Music Horizons, Level 2 (1-6) – Wed. 2:00 PM with Pres. Suzanne Lichtenstein (2024-2025)

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Music Horizons is our Level 2 Music Fluency course for elementary students.

This is a Level 2 course for students who have already taken Music Fluency Level 1, “Music Explorers.” 

Elementary children of all ages and abilities will enjoy this class. During the course of the year, we will study Science of Sound and Acoustics, Music Theory, Music History, History and Manufacture of Musical Instruments, Composers & Genres, Composing, Modes, and Byzantine Notation. There is a class project in composing at the end of the year. 

Sailing into topics that go beyond the ordinary music lesson, we will look to the far horizons of Music. We will:

  • Explore the Seven Western Modes.
  • Peer into the Mists of Counterpoint and Chords.
  • Dive into microtonal ear-training.
  • Climb Solfège Mountain and discover its sharps and flats.
  • Experiment with modulation and key changes.
  • Compose our own music.
  • Time Travel to ancient civilizations to discover the origins of written music.
  • Visit the Byzantine Empire during Lent, where we will experience the wonders and sounds of Church Modes and Byzantine Notation.

What to Expect:

  • Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction.
  • Classes are taught workshop-style, and will last approximately 45 minutes, in order to give the children plenty of time to explore activities, play music, and share ideas. 
  • Homework will be due once or twice a week, requiring on average 20 minutes per assignment, and will consist of practicing short songs and making videos of them, handwriting with pencil on worksheets, and composing on Songmaker and Noteflight (free web-based programs). 

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