Language of Music Interpreted from the Child's Viewpoint

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World book Company, 1921 - Music - 296 pages
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Page 9 - Now, the activities exhibiting this progressive development may frequently be considered either play or work according to the point of view. From the standpoint of the child, there are only two classes of activity : internally impelled activity, or play, and externally impelled activity, or work. Any activity from the child's standpoint, no matter what the powers used, the energy expended, or the duration of the effort, is play if it is internally impelled and satisfies the developing life-hungers...
Page 9 - This is proven daily on the play field and in boys' and girls' clubs. By entering into the child's life, it is a simple matter to lead him so as to loop the cultural material of the race to his hungers and thus achieve results not possible under the subject-of-study teaching program. That process is inverted. It must be recognized, however, that there are enormous variations in children's capacities for progress in various activities and in their susceptibility to suggestion. Here appears a danger....
Page 1 - Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just, and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.
Page 6 - States; they are widely scattered; they have a great diversity of interests, many of which are difficult to harmonize, and farmers are temperamentally an independent, individualistic class, and therefore difficult to organize. In view of these facts, it is not difficult to understand why the progress in organization has been slow. The recognition of the work of rural organization by the Secretary of Agriculture as a legitimate part of the work of his department should be a great help, and will probably...
Page 3 - Rhythm, a symmetrical grouping of tonal time units vitalized by accent. The lifeblood of music is Melody, and a complete conception of the term embodies within itself the essence of both its companions. A succession of tones without harmonic regulation is not a perfect element in music; neither is a succession of tones which have harmonic regulation but are void of rhythm. The beauty and expressiveness, especially the emotionality, of a musical composition depend upon the harmonies which either accompany...
Page 9 - It is an ancient but detestable theory in education that no discipline or training that is enjoyable is useful, and that mental exercises must be repulsive if they are to be of use in training the power of application. Precisely the opposite is the correct principle.
Page 9 - In the training of children, whether boys or girls, the effort should always be to train their senses to accurate observation, but to do this through play and work which interest children.
Page 27 - ... while. There are many things to be said in favor of the use of bells, because they can be suspended where the little feet can kick them.
Page xxi - ... a guide for the leader or teacher in organizing the child's activities for achieving control of the musical language, both oral and written.
Page 11 - There would be no monotones if the power to put sounds together, one by one, as words are put into short sentences, one by one, were developed.

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