February 20-24: School Closed for Presidents' Week
Music With Adam
Adam comes to the Little School every Tuesday with his guitar. He spends a half hour with each group of children.
His first job in the Red Room is helping these new school children get used to an unfamiliar adult with a guitar. He visits the classroom first and gradually begins playing quiet and familiar songs for the group. Now, music is a joyful dance party but with clear purpose behind the fun. Adam wants every child to be comfortable singing and dancing to his guitar and his voice. Last week there was exuberant dancing, and one child sang a solo of the ABC song in tune! Other children are more tentative, but are drawn in by the enthusiasm of classmates.
In the Blue Room, some children watch intently while others jump right in. Although the dancing may be just as joyful, Adam has some different expectations for this slightly older group. Children are exposed to basic rhythms. They learn new lyrics and sing along. Adam teaches call and response songs and encourages the whole group to participate.
Put your finger on your chin, on your cheeks, on your head!
In the Yellow Room, there is more of a focus on percussion and rhythm, more group singing and, of course, the opportunity for movement both free and more structured. There are motions to follow, partners to dance with, a time to sit in a circle and listen to directions as well as a chance to throw out ideas for songs and to sing loudly or softly, fast or slowly depending on Adam’s directions or the sound of his guitar.
Purple Room children have to be attentive listeners. They use rhythm instruments to follow a beat, rest, and follow the beat. They improvise on drums. They learn more complicated songs. Adam is teaching the children new songs, and they are returning the favor, teaching him some of their favorites from the classroom.
In every class there is a range of musical expression, but all the children look forward to Adam days and all the children feel successful as they explore music by singing, dancing, listening, following directions and improvising.