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How does my child learn music?

Research suggests that music is learned similarly to how language is learned. Young children need extensive amounts of language as well as to experiment with language before they actually learn to think, speak, read, or write a language. Similarly, children need to hear a wide variety of music and experiment with music before they can sing, audiate, move to and eventually read and write music as adults know it.

Elementary music classes at South Elementary are designed to create a rich environment for students to interact in. The primary objectives for students are to develop their audiation, nurture beautiful singing, and to develop an awareness of how music and movement are connected.

So what is audiation? Simply, audiation is to music as thought is to language. Audiation takes a child from merely imitating the musical sounds around them to critically thinking, engaging in and creating new musical sounds. A student who audiates music is able to identify and give meaning to music.

Tonal and rhythm pattern instruction is an integral part of audiation development. Pattern instruction, similar to learning the vocabulary of a language, offers many benefits. Pattern instruction is tailored to each students’ individual abilities to encourage musical growth. Through individualized instruction, students are able to reach their fullest musical potential.

The goal of elementary music at South Elementary is to provide students with an enriched and challenging music experience which will serve as a readiness and foundation for music instruction and a lifetime of musical enjoyment.

Mrs. Novoselich's Mission Statement:
By laying a foundation of musical skills and understanding and helping students to see themselves as musicians, I prepare ALL children to become independent music-makers who can use music to express themselves, find fulfillment, and live richer, more meaningful lives.


To learn more about audiation and how children learn music, click here.

Below are a few videos that demonstrate Music Learning Theory, which is the theory behind the methodology I follow in my classroom.


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    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 7:34 AM by Erika Novoselich
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    Posted May 30, 2017, 12:57 PM by Erika Novoselich
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