At Olander, music plays an essential part of each student's education as well as their own self-expression. Music itself is a unique discipline in that it can integrate many other subjects and disciplines such as science, math, and history into its curriculum, thus, providing students with a more well-rounded and holistic education. Many other invaluable "real world" lessons can be taught and fostered through music instruction: teamwork, cooperation, tolerance, respect, as well as the building of independent and critical thinking skills, just to name a few. Through my education and love of music, Music is intended to inspire students and help them realize their great potential. Music at Olander includes learning instruments such as Ukelele and Guitar, but primarily focuses on “the body as the first instrument,” or Eurhythmics.
What is the Eurhythmics Teaching Method?
The Eurhythmics method, incorporates the basic elements of music—rhythm, melody, harmony—with body movement, to provide a multi-dimensional approach to music learning. Unlike most traditional methods, improvisation is a major component of this approach and one of its three aspects:
Eurhythmics trains the body in rhythm and musical nuance
Solfege (sight singing) trains the ear, eye and voice in pitch, melody and harmony
Improvisation brings all elements together according to the student's own invention, in movement, with voice, at an instrument. (Dalcroze Society of America)
Beyond musical intelligence, this approach engages students through several other intelligences, including logical-mathematical, spatial, linguistic, visual, naturalistic, and kinesthetic learners. Eurhythmics also provides students the opportunity to be and share creativity in a social setting. Eurhythmics is fun! It has the physicality of sports, aesthetic appeal of the arts, and is mentally challenging, for all ages.
Improvisation is close to the nature of childhood play, which is a child's work. Improvisation frees a child to relate directly and spontaneously to music within a range of musical knowledge. Improvising with full-body movement, singing or playing an instrument, helps the child internalize complex elements of rhythm, pitch, tone and dynamics without having to read a musical score.
Mr. Logan is fortunate to be certified in Eurhythmics through the American Eurhythmics Society.