Music is a beautiful thing that can reach out to everyone unhindered by the barriers of different languages. It has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. Music can elevate our senses and can sooth our stress ridden anxious minds and no matter what there is a song for every occasion. Keeping these things in mind, our school has given the importance to the music in the educational life of a child. Learning music also leads students to higher thinking and a child who is skilled at music excels at problem-solving, evaluation, and analysis.
In Vocal Music we teach basic musical notes (sargam), various types of songs (raga based, semi-classical, folk, western, etc.) with rhythm. We also cover Music Theory. We encourage them to write and compose songs on various themes. In Tabla children get to learn basic rhythmic alphabets, rhythms and compositions. To clarify the concept of rhythm in their mind, we conduct interesting activities like stamping and clapping. We teach them to produce rhythm in an innovative way by using objects from day to day life. Children are encouraged to make their own musical instruments. All the above activities boost their creativity and gives outlet for their self-expression.
In our school we also encourage children to participate in various annual events of the school and they are exposed to various intra-class, inter-house and inter-school music competitions. It develops self-discipline, teamwork, confidence in the children and promotes responsibility.
Dancing in any form is an enjoyable and wonderful form of exercise. It contributes immensely to the personal improvement of the child and thereby enhances all types of skills that are required for better education. Research has shown that dancing boosts child’s self-esteem and enhances confidence in them. It requires memorization and so helps children improve their overall memory when trying to remember steps. It improves listening skills in children, whether it is for the instructions or for the beats. It helps the body’s circulatory system and improves health. Dance improves the flexibility and helps with a much better posture and improves muscle tone. It helps to relax, reducing stress and tension.
At Pawar Public School Dance is not an extracurricular activity but we consider it as a part of curriculum. The syllabus of Dance is designed according to the grades. Dance training starts from elementary school itself.
Learning objective of dance such as:
To recognize how their body responds to rhythm
Providing exercise to the entire body in the most pleasurable way.
To recognize the different dance forms inspired by different regions.
To watch, remember & copy different movements observed at dance concerts.
To move confidently on their own using changes of speed, levels and direction.
To perform fluid movements using range of body parts and actions.
Create, perform and share short dances based on themes such as:
• Clowns-funny walking patterns, balancing, tumbling, jumping, falling.
• Folk dance pattern-dancing in a circle, skipping to the centre and out, clapping and stamping pattern on the spot, walking backwards and forwards in a chain.
• Semi-classical dance pattern- Mudras, Head movements, Neck movement, Eye movement etc.
• Free styles dance pattern.
We encourage children to participate in dance events, through which they learn pure, cooperative and collaborative group endeavors. “Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that, one must also be able to dance with the pen?