‘Music by Cordes’
Thursdays from 16:00-16:50 for Primary students and children born in 2018
Music is a universal language with which we are all capable of communicating and expressing ourselves. It is an art that combines several dimensions: body, mind, emotions and spirituality. It helps us connect with the present moment, discover our voice and body (as the first instrument we make sound with), improve memory, motor coordination, self-control, sensitivity as well as helping us to feel belonging to a group and express emotions and feelings.
Cordes Espai Educatiu has been providing music education to children from toddlers to adolescents (along with their families) for more than 10 years. In Alboraya, just north of Valencia, they offer many different classes: CORDES Babies workshop (0-3 years old), individual and group violin, viola, cello and piano classes using the Suzuki Method (from 4 years onwards), string orchestra, chamber music and solfege/musical language. The directors of this project are Elena Roig Martínez and Sergio Gil Gomes.
A weekly 45-minute workshop to explore and experience the five musical building blocks of children’s music education:
1) Auditory Education: Listen and recognize
● They experience in first person their own capacity to listen, to pay
attention and to be amazed at the phenomenon of sound.
● Awaken and develop their listening, concentration and attention skills.
● Acquire the ability to distinguish large and small contrasts of sound:
duration, intensity, timbre and height.
● Develop their ear and musical memory through songs…
● Gain an open attitude to everything that sounds.
2) Vocal Education: Speak and sing
● They will get to know and develop their own internal instrument…their
voice. They will learn the importance of breathing as well as the emotionality and expression associated with songs.
● Experiment and develop all the possibilities of the voice through: song, sound games and breathing exercises, articulation, improvisation,
relaxation and dramatization.
3) Rhythmic Education: Rhythm y movement
● They will experience their own quintessential percussion instrument…the
body. With free movement and dance, children will express their impulses and emotions.
● Developing their natural rhythmic sense through postural and movement
exercises: ordered rhythmic games, free rhythms, and dances.
● Learn and develop coordination and awareness of one’s own body.
● Develop spatial sense and orientation.
4) Instrumental games:
● They explore and experiment with different percussion instruments and
materials to create sounds. Everything that surrounds us can be an instrument through which we can express ourselves.
● Integrate new rhythms with body instruments and percussion.
5) Reading Music: Beginning musical staff reading and recognition of basic rhythms.
● Experiment and assimilate basic musical concepts: measures, rhythms,
pulse, musical figures (notes and rests), qualities of sound, note orderings,
major scales, major/minor mode, wide range of songs and intervals.
● Basic learning of musical writing: Beginning staff reading and understanding of the notes related to height, duration, timbre and intensity.
Recognition, reading and writing of:
● Notes of C Major in Treble Clef (introduced step by step)
● Quarter notes, 2 eighth notes, half notes etc…and their rests.
● Time signature of 2/4, 3⁄4 and 4/4.
● Understanding musical scores adapted to their reading level.
● “Musicogram” reading…
● Basic rhythmic, melodic and melodic-rhythmic dictations.
*DOSSIER provided by the teacher. Each student will have a notebook with plastic covers in music class that will be filled in class by class.
Presented through CURIOSITY and DIRECTED PLAY, the development of new skills happens through LISTENING, IMITATION, REPETITION and EXPERIMENTATION. The integration of new skills happens thanks to MOTIVATION (extrinsic at the beginning and then intrinsic later on). It is vital to share a PARTICIPATORY, COLLABORATIVE and DYNAMIC ATTITUDE during classes.
Elena Roig Martínez has been teaching early childhood music education workshops for more than 20 years in elementary, private and semi-private schools.
She connects very well with children aiming to awaken their curiosity and amazement at the sound of music in a natural way and as a game. She encourages the children to develop new skills by helping them discover their own tools and talents that allows them to express themselves from a standpoint of mutual respect and caring.
She also has a Diploma in Music Education Teaching, a Violin Degree and a Suzuki Level 5 Violin and Level 2 Viola Teacher.
Minimum: 6 children to start the activity, Maximum: ~10
Clothing: Comfortable clothing and non-slip socks.
Materials and Registration Fee: €35 (non-refundable)
Monthly price: €42