The primary school’s orchestra choir

A path implementing Ministerial Decree 08/11

    School sections
    • Primary
    Educational subjects
    • Choir
    • Instrumental practice
    • Music, Rhythm and movement
    • Vocalism

The primary school’s orchestra choir

The project originated from the need to translate the provisions of Ministerial Decree 08/11 into an innovative educational-performative experimentation for the primary school.
Characterized as strongly inclusive, the path provides full continuity with projects already in course at the Comprehensive Institute: choir singing in the primary school, and instrumental ensemble music in the music-oriented lower secondary school.
A variety of instruments, vocalism, experiences of vocal and instrumental ensemble music are the structural elements at the basis of the Choir – Orchestra of the primary school.
The project is based on a specific composition capable of providing various experience possibilities among which, the most original one, is the exchange of roles between the various actors (instruments and voice).

Work tools

Spaces: five environments where small groups experience a variety of instruments (in our case: percussions, piano, flute, violin, guitar – double bass). Each space is managed by a teacher who works with the others at the same time. Instruments: musical instruments for small groups (6 students at the most), therefore ideally 6 instruments of each type, although it is not necessary to have one per student in case of lack of resources.
In this way, changing instrument in a regular way, the students can play the piece to be realized on each instrument, including the vocal part.
Organization of spaces: there are no particular needs connected to the environments.
Only the laboratory with the piano and that with the percussions need to be suitably set up.

Educational purposes

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

    • Execution
    Reading and Writing
    • Use of conventional analogic music notation
    • 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).
    Reading and Writing
    • Using analog and codified notation
Educational targets

- Students learn the essential characteristics of the instruments presented (playing on each instrument)
- Students acquire the initial elements for a correct breathing and vocal emission
- Students perform very simple rhythmic-melodic structures with each instrument
- Students learn how to orient themselves in the performance of the ensemble piece and perform simple rhythmic-melodic structures in a correct and precise way
- Students learn how to sing the choral part with correct intonation, articulation, rhythm, expressiveness
- Students are able to exchange their roles with that of a classmate in any point of the piece
- Students learn the theoretical-musical concepts and contents contained in the lyrics


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