5 – 8-year-olds
Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15 pm
The U of L Children’s Choir is for children aged 5-8 years who love to sing. The Children’s Choir has been successfully meeting and singing online together since the fall of 2020. We will continue to meet online this spring until such time as the Alberta Health Services and the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta deem it safe to meet in person.
Our online model will embrace all of the great things that our in-person Children’s Choir always has. We will explore a wide variety of music, including singing games and activities that help them develop as musicians and learn to use their singing voices in a healthy way.
Meeting online as a choir will also give us time to explore foundational Kodaly-based musicianship skills such as solfege, music reading and writing. We will also be able to offer a unique approach to one-on-one feedback on vocal technique without the anxiety of singing in front of the group. In addition to fun team-building opportunities, we will be able to take a fun approach to repertoire discovery, movement and other activities.
If restrictions are lifted, we will explore meeting in small groups with all social distancing, cleanliness standards and safety guidelines in place.
This choir will be led by Kathy Matkin-Clapton.
WHAT IS THE KODÁLY METHOD?
The Kodály Method of music education is an approach to growing musicianship through song and was born from the artistry, vision, and vitality of the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály. Kodály believed that musical aptitude is a characteristic of every human being and that musical skills should be developed from the earliest age possible. In this singing-focused approach, life-long musicianship skills are developed sequentially based upon an understanding of child development. It fosters an organic enjoyment of music and music literacy (the ability to read and write music) that transfers seamlessly into musical experiences that will follow later in life, including our older choirs.
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