The Musical Studio


Logo-rhythmic classes consist in “music and movement” exercises which form the basis of the child's words and music. Logo-rhythmic methods originate from the assumptions of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze’s 'Rhythmics Methods' in which there is a close relationship between music and movement as well as with the pedagogical activities as prepared by Carl Orff and based on rhythmic speech patterns and singing as well as the use of specific instruments.
The main aim of the logo-rhythmics classes is to make children sensitive to the acoustic features of human speech thus drawing their attention to the similarities between music and speech, i.e. rhythm, tempo, pitch, loudness, accent, phrasing and articulation.

The result of the above exercises is the shaping of the movements of the whole body which supports improvement in the speech organs.
Ms. Joanna, an unusually gifted musician, a specialist in logo-rhythmics and one with remarkable pedagogical intuition, conducts the logo-rhythmic classes at BabyCare. Ms. Joanna has won many plaudits at Polish vocal contests and is a 2nd class graduate of the prestigious 'Frederic Chopin National Music Schools Complex', Warsaw.

Folk songs with a Mazowsze soloist

Music, beautiful regional costumes, traditional instruments and most of all, the beauty of the human voice with its rich song content all make folk music especially valuable and fill us with admiration and respect. During class, the children become acquainted with tradition and beautiful singing. They listen to regional songs such as “The Woman of Lowicz (Łowiczanka)" and the "Little Bird (Ptaszek)" and hear lullabies, rhythmic chants and re-play them on small instruments.
They play with colours too.

Classes are carried out by Ms Dorota, a former soloist with the Mazowsze Song and Dance Ensemble.
During her long engagement with the Ensemble, she included in her repertoire a vast number of musical pieces from all the regions of Poland and the world. Ms Dorota was already enchanted by folk music as a child, listening to the folk songs crooned softly to her by her mother at bedtime. She developed her vocal talents at various musical schools and has since performed at some of the largest venues throughout Poland and worldwide.
She now feels that she would like to pass on her passion to the younger generation.

Musicianship the Gordon way

The aim of these classes is to immerse children in the “language” of music. The teacher will sing songs in various scales (major and minor, modal scales), reciting the so-called rhyme chants in various meters (double, triple and mixed) and encouraging the children to imitate simple themes. Classes are based on the Sequential Theory of Music Learning as created by the American musician and music psychologist, Edwin Elias Gordon.

Children taught according to this theory, learn how to improvise, that is, how to use the “language” of music freely. The Gordon Theory stresses that children learn music in much the same way as they master their native language. As with the learning of their native language, during the first year of life, the child listens and absorbs the language that surrounds him. He then starts to coo and babble, then says his first words. So it is with learning music; the first period consists in listening to the live performance of music and observing the way the singer moves. Then comes the rather shaky- but plausible- phase of the repetition of simple melodic and rhythmic motifs and the imitation of the teacher’s or parent’s movements, all neatly ending with a more accurate rendition and with spontaneity of movement.
The atmosphere during classes is that of play.

The children are not forced to listen to or to do anything against their will. Even when a child is apparently busy with his own activities, he subconsciously hears and absorbs the music that surrounds him.

Jamming with instruments

These classes take one by surprise with their pleasant but not banal melody and their variety of sounds and interesting dynamics. The whole is supplemented with jazz harmony. They are ambitious but not too difficult and afford the opportunity for the little ones to discover something entirely new in the world of sound and hopefully kindle their musical aesthetics by listening to such artists as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong.

In these classes, children find “softeners”, “brawlers” and “dancers” all of which provide great fun while creating musical instruments and trying to make sounds from everyday objects, manipulating the various materials and expressing jazz music in art activities.

Jamming also means contact with live music, meeting jazz musicians, learning about typical instruments for this musical genre including the piano, percussion, the trumpet and the saxophone.

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