In music, the Italian word “tutti” is used to indicate a passage after a solo when all voices or instruments begin playing together again. As a young band student, I eagerly waited for those “tutti” passages, carefully counting messages and waiting for that glorious moment when the whole flute section could join in. These past seven months of teaching on Zoom have felt like an interminable solo; I longed for the moment when we could make music together. We made things work with Zoom class, but we could only unmute one at a time. Current technology just doesn’t allow for real-time remote group music-making. Last week, we resumed in-person music classes for our Montessori and Lower School students - tutti at last!
Montessori through second-grade students now have music class in the music room. Our first and most important task is to watch and listen carefully to each other so we can become a cohesive ensemble and make beautiful music. I love seeing the students’ focus.
They watch carefully . . .
. . . and go right to work.
The moments when we all play the same thing at the same time are like magic!
We’re not able to sing together yet. Instead, we use speech and body percussion to internalize beat and rhythm.
Pat . . .
Tap. . .
Then we transfer the patterns to our instruments.
Our voices guide our bodies - If you can SAY it, you can PLAY it!
Awesome job watching and working together, Montessori!!!
We also love to move and dance! Speech and instrument-play inspire creative movement.
Scarves become the wind.
Next, we turn our scarves into a tight bud . . .
. . . and watch them bloom.
Now we become buds and blooms!
Montessori, First and Second Graders, I can’t wait to see you again in the music room for more glorious tutti moments!