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The Teaching of Elementary Music: Introduction

by Charles H. Farnsworth & Mari Ruef Hofer - 1904

In the Horace Mann School the aim of the teacher of music for pupils entering the first grade is to induce them to join in the singing. To this end the songs are chosen for their attractive qualities. After the pupils commence to take part with pleasure, the teacher tries to improve the singing by drawing attention to the significance of the song. If it is a marching song the pupils must sit up straight, take a good breath, have their voices clear, and pronounce distinctly so that a listener can know what they are singing about. If it is a cradle song the tone must be very expressive; it must put the doll to sleep. And so from the thought of the song good habits in breathing, tone production, articulation and musically expressive singing are developed. This most valuable initial work in music-thinking is largely done by suggestion and example. The pupil learns through trying to give vocal expression to what he feels. The work is aesthetic in nature.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 5 Number 1, 1904, p. 1-4
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9787, Date Accessed: 10/16/2019 3:46:36 AM

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