Discovering music!

From narration to musical experience

    School sections
    • Primary
    Educational subjects
    • Instrumental practice
    • Music, Rhythm and movement
    • Aural skills (Ear training)

Discovering music!

The path was a journey in the world of music, through the guided discovery of basic musical concepts that were realized through a practical experience. The multisensorial musical path was organized according to well-defined stages, creating a sort of ritual, in a climate of expectation and curiosity.
Following the underlying theme of a narration, a basic music literacy path was realized, developing in students the pleasure to play ensemble music having fun all together.

Work tools

- The book: Nidi di note - Un cammino in dieci passi verso la musica (by B. Tognolini, P. Fresu, A. Sanna, S. Peana) and other educational material indicated in the bibliography.
- Orff instruments, an audio reproduction system, a journal written in itinere by the teacher proposing the project.
- The activity needs to be carried out in an environment suitable from an acoustic viewpoint and big enough to allow students to move easily during the musical games proposed.
- It is useful to start the lessons sitting on the floor, in a circle, in order to create a cozy environment, so as to facilitate the listening of the story and to better organize the following musical activity.
- Time necessary for the realization: it takes about three months (an hour a week) to read the book.

Educational purposes

The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.

    • Sound perception
    • Interpretation
    • Execution
    Reading and Writing
    • Use of unconventional analogic music notation
    • Learning to listen to oneself and to the others
    • Exploring, identifying and elaborating sound phenomena on the basis of quality, space and source
    • Exploring different expressive capacities of voice, musical objects and musical instruments
    • Producing timbre, melodic and rhythmic combinations applying basic schemes; executing them with the voice, the body and instruments (including IT tools).
    • Playing, alone or in group, simple vocal or instrumental pieces of music belonging to different genres and cultures, using also didactic instruments and self-made tools.
    Reading and Writing
    • Using analog and codified notation
Educational targets

The students learned how to:
- grasp the most immediate expressive values of the pieces listened to, translating them with words, movements, drawings
- express themselves with songs and movements;
- use several musical instruments (Orff instruments);
- reproduce and create simple rhythmic sequences through body percussion and percussion instruments;
- recognize and distinguish several aspects related to sound (duration, pitch, intensity, timbre) and music (tempo, rhythm, melody);
- sing, move and play all together and keep time, coordinating their movements with each other, waiting for their own turn, respecting the modulation and the scheme of the pieces.


The students achieved:
- an aptitude to listening (to the teacher, classmates, sounds and particular sonorous stimuli);
- self-control;
- lateralization and fine motility;
- attention, concentration, memorization;
- cognitive skills (use of logic, intuitive, creative thinking and syllabification skills);
- dialogue and cooperation;
- an attitude of respect and interest towards other cultures, as music can play a privileged role in such sense, since it is a non-verbal language.


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