Music is a part of every day at CNS. All the teachers use music and song in the classroom to enhance learning about our language, our world and each other, to help in classroom activities and transitions, and for the sheer fun of it.
In addition, the children go to music every week. This special time is set aside for classes to have a half hour of singing with our whole school. We call this our sing-a-long time. In singing, dancing, rhyming, listening, and physical play, the children receive the benefits that music brings to developing minds and bodies.
If you ask the children what they do in music, they may just say that they sing songs and have fun. CNS uses music to enhance and enrich our curriculum. The children love to learn and practice their new songs. The immersion in music helps develop their language skills as well.
We try to keep the children engaged physically when listening to instrumental music, and to develop their listening skills in fun ways. For instance, they may pretend to be horses during Copeland's "Rodeo" or have their fingers "skate" in shaving cream to "The Blue Danube." They may play games such as "Name that Instrument," or play "air guitar" or parade or dance.
Nursery rhymes, seasonal songs, Raffi, The Wiggles, Disney music and original tunes are also all used in the musical curriculum. But at the heart of it, the most important goal is for the children "To sing songs and to like going to music."