Located on 10 wooded acres in West Nashville, Tennessee, Abintra Montessori School offers educational opportunities for children ages 3 - 14. Our community blog offers classroom news, Art and Spanish updates, alumni spotlights, and helpful resources on Montessori education. For more information, visit http://www.abintra.org/
Music at Abintra
expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
When music and movement are a natural joyous
part of childhood, children benefit greatly in many areas of life. Language
development, self expression, memory skills, concentration, social interaction,
fine motor skills, listening, problem solving, teamwork, goal setting, and
coordination are all impacted by early music and movement education. Here at Abintra our music
guide Kari Buishas joyously inspires our younger students. Two days a week Kari works
with small groups of Early Childhood students, instructing the use of the
Montessori Bells and teaching Musikgarten.
The Montessori Bells are a beautiful set of perfectly tuned
bells in the Major scale, designed to provide a sensorial means for children to increase the acuity of their auditory perceptions. Students start by
understanding high and low sounds and then begin different matching games. There are nine sequential lessons on the bells and students absolutely love doing this work.
Musikgarten is a
sequential and comprehensive early childhood program that spans the
first several years of a child's musical development.
At every level of the program our young musicians learn to
feel and hear the difference between double and triple rhythms through
movement, instrument play, focused listening, and singing. They learn to
distinguish the difference between major and minor tonal patterns and find them
visually and aurally in the context of a piece of music. Alongside Kari our
students are at ease with the progression, as patterns and songs are repeated
and built upon, addressing their needs at each level. Kari’s philosophy is that
true music literacy is when we can "see what we hear" and "hear
what we see."
The Upper Elementary Abintra Chorus, led by our art and music guide Deanie
French, has grown into a group of strong singers with a broad repertoire
of traditional songs from around the world, from the Americas to Indonesia,
Japan, South Africa, Germany, Finland, France, and Great Britain. Through
singing rounds they develop an awareness of the unified sound their voices make
together while learning to hold their own place in the greater harmony. Our singers
are looking forward to their first concert for the Abintra community later