"It made me think of a shipwreck in a movie." ~1st grader
"It made me think of my grandparents." ~1st grader
"It made me feel relaxed because it was so quiet and nobody was talking." ~1st grader
"It made me feel like I was watching flowers grow." ~Kindergartner
Some students were even brought to tears by the sadness they heard in the music, and although sadness can be a challenging emotion to deal with, it is an important part of the human experience. That even young children with limited world experiences can respond to wordless music in such a profound way is testament to music's affective qualities and depth. However, some students didn't care for the music, but with their meditative posture and the atmosphere in the room, they were able to silently respect the music and their classmates' listening experiences.
This week, 1st and 2nd graders will meditatively listen to another piece of music (either Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis or a shorter piece such as Frank Ticheli's Loch Lamond or a movement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition) then have the opportunity to respond to it through creative writing or drawing.
Pre-K and Kindergartners will use their listening skills for Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals and John Lithgow's accompanying story which explores how ensembles can be used to invoke the imagery and personalities of various animals.