Class I Music
The aim of Class I music is a transfer of the students' thought from sound to symbol in basic rhythm, meter, solfege, and staff notational issues, with a focus on music reading and writing using mi, sol, and la pitches. The singing voice is nurtured. Students sing folk song games and sing as a choir in holiday and spring concerts. They read musical symbols including the tie, half note, whole note, and nine basic rhythmic patterns, and conduct two-meter time. Piano playing skills are developed, including reading absolute pitches on the treble staff. Students also listen to works by important classical composers and become familiar with instruments of the orchestra.