MUSIC can be heard, sung, played, moved to, written, read, created, and thought. Sequentially teaching rhythmic and melodic concepts with these eight distinctions enables children to retain and gain a more complete understanding of music. Steps to Music Literacy systematically nurtures children to master rhythmic and melodic concepts using quality folk songs and masterworks through a 13 step pyramidal process that incorporates best practice teaching techniques. Children are very smart individuals. They love music and are eager to learn about it. Experiencing music through singing, hearing, playing, moving, writing, reading, creating and thinking gives students the opportunity to feel exuberance, develop masterful understanding, and gain life-long appreciations for the art of music.
Limited expectations produce limited results; likewise, limiting what children experience will limit what they learn. Rising to the call for excellence in teaching is a necessity during the 21st century of high standards and accountability. To meet such demands, top-notch expectations for teachers and students are essential. The Steps to Music Literacy process and materials provide a clear, sequential, systematic system for bridging the unknown to mastery of music concepts for children in grades K-5. The Steps to Music Literacy process is based on a layered pyramid. The 13 activities actively engage children in music. One rhythmic or melodic concept is taught by completing all 13 steps. The base of the pyramid is where the students begin to learn the basic knowledge about a new music concept with teacher-guided activities. The middle of the pyramid is where students apply learned skills and become more independent. The top of the pyramid is where students create and use higher level thinking skills leading to mastery.
Steps to Music Literacy will take teachers on a journey that will inspire them to rethink how music has been traditionally taught. This journey will guide them and their students from sound to symbol and beyond...
Prisha Gustina, M.M.Ed.
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