Little Seeds Farm School is very excited to be adding a music education program to our curriculum beginning on Wednesday, February 25th! Music is something that Teachers Brittany and Geoff are passionate about and it has been our dream since first imagining Little Seeds to incorporate a music class into our school experience.
In this post you’ll find lots of information on the program and the qualifications of our awesome teacher Liska McNally, MT-BC.
About The Program
Liska is trained in a humanistic, child-centered approach to creating music which assumes that all are creative and musical from birth. With this in mind, weekly music making at Little Seeds Farm School will include both structured pre-determined musical experiences—such as singing pre-composed songs, playing rhythms and melodies together—and improvisation and free expression and exploration of instruments, sounds, and movement.
The elements of music—rhythm, tempo, timbre, melody, and harmony—will be introduced as the building blocks for songwriting, improvisation, musical storytelling, and exploration of musical instruments from around the world. Students will have the opportunity to play drums and percussion from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the British Isles. They will also explore stringed instruments such as the Autoharp, guitar, and ukulele, and tonal percussion such as metallophone, glockenspiel, and tone chimes.
A typical music circle might consist of a ritual opening song acknowledging each member of the circle followed by a rhythmic warm up using body percussion and small instruments to prime the brain and the body. Once the body and brain are focused and prepared, novel and more challenging experiences can be introduced. These might include songwriting, exploration of new instruments and musical concepts, and musical storytelling. The music circle will typically wrap up with more gross motor body movement to music, deep breathing to promote relaxation and integration of new learning, and a ritual closing song.
Liska and Teachers Brittany and Geoff are excited to collaborate and integrate classroom themes and curriculum into the music circle. Liska views music as co-created and emergent and welcomes ideas and input about music classes by and for the parents and students at Little Seeds.
Liska McNally, board certified music therapist, serves as adjunct faculty at Marylhurst University and is owner of Meadowlark Music Therapy Services based in Portland, Oregon. Meadowlark Music Therapy serves diverse members of the adult population and specializes in therapy for older adults, especially those living with dementia.
Liska believes music is innate to our lives as human beings. Rhythm, melody, tempo and form are musical terms that can also describe biological function, developmental process and emotional experience.
Liska is excited to learn and share through music with the students at Little Seeds Farm School.