Does your child have the wiggles? Does he/she have trouble staying focused or memorizing new facts? If so, then welcome to Cadence Academy!
At the Cadence Academy, students will not even realize that the incredible fun they are enjoying by singing, playing musical games, moving, clapping, snapping, and playing circle games, etc., are actually strengthening and developing neuropathways while also creating new ones. While music, motion, chant/repeat and memorization to song just seem like delightful child’s play to the child engaged in it, fabulous development is occurring in the child’s mind and body. Eye to hand coordination improve. The brain stretches and grows and becomes even more sensitive to additional areas of growth, development, and academic acquisition.
In the Cadence Academy, we will learn the basics of music, but even more importantly, we will put the musical skills we are learning to work for us! Whenever we study a unit, such as fall, harvest, or Pilgrims, for example, we will learn and sing songs about them, play circle games set to music/rhythm related to them, perform hand motions or sign language set to songs as we sing about them, and/or learn a dance in relation to them. We will use music to make each topic accessible through all of our senses. We plan to put our wiggles to work in a structured but FUN format!In this friendly, engaging environment, our young musicians will explore the many ways we can use musical instruments, voices, and bodies to create music and sounds. We will also begin building our music reading skills, movement, dance, and reading note values, etc. While students learn the basics of music theory, they will explore phrasing, articulation, dynamics, vowel production, breathing, and more in singing. We will look at musical history and composers and listen to samples of their works. We will be exposed to music and worship sounds from around the world. Students will also hone the rudimentary principles behind working together to cooperate as a group, behind listening to the teacher and other students, and behind taking turns, waiting patiently, and interacting in a group setting. They will actually discover that a cheerful, disciplined environment makes learning easier and more fun for everyone.The “trivium” of classical education include the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric stages. Children in Cadence Academy are in the Grammar Stage. The “Grammar” stage does not refer just to English grammar. Rather, this is the stage of learning in which the building blocks for all other learning are established, just as grammar is the foundation for language. During the elementary school years, the mind is ready to absorb information. Children at this stage actually find memorization fun. We will use music and movement as our tools to make memorization even more accessible. We will approach math, geography, books of the Bible, history, virtues, some Spanish, sign language, and more.When children relate music, motions, and movement to facts which simply must be memorized, the mind has access to the information through more pathways in the brain. Both acquisition and recall are much stronger. Rich, weekly in-class learning will be a delight. Your child will love this class and will look forward to it from week to week. He/she will not even realize how much it will be helping him to grow.
* Supply fees help defray the costs of instruments, manipulatives, music, CDs, games, and other supplies used each week in class.
**This class will not be a repeat of last year’s class. A wonderful supply of new music, games, and activities will appear throughout the year.