Elementary Music Education Initiative

Pathways Through Music looks to create general music classes at the elementary level. We use a sound-to-symbol approach, which allows each and every student to experience music through movement, games, singing, and more. Our curriculum focuses around Dalcroze, Orff, and Kodaly philosophies. Because of this, the lessons are always relevant to the age group of the students.

We believe that this will benefit schools that do not currently have a dedicated music class. Teachers who currently teach ‘specials’ classes may not have any training in music. With our help, we intend to take the burden off of these teachers who feel the pressure of having to prepare these lessons. In our experience, students that begin to study music at an early age are able to grasp concepts very quickly, and learn the important life lessons that music fosters.

Elementary music classes will be provided during school hours, under the supervision of the teacher of the partner school. Once a month, guest teachers go to schools for a week-long residency. They teach Kodaly and Orff inspired lessons on guitar, ukulele, drums, and keyboard instruments. During visits, host teachers observe the lesson and assist the class. This provides an opportunity to see the lesson plan and sequencing directly in the classroom.

When residencies are not being conducted, Pathways staff work with performing arts teachers to incorporate carefully designed lesson plans. This helps teachers feel confident executing the lesson on various instruments independently.

To learn more about our elementary music education programs and how it would fit with your school, please fill out the contact form below: