A DoSo® Elementary program (for ages 7 – 11) provides an opportunity to play and sing popular music from diverse cultures. David Mills has borrowed concepts from Suzuki, Orff, Dalcroze and Kodaly, and he has incorporated improvisation techniques found in American jazz and Hindustani classical music.
The 3-string Loog Guitar is analogous to the Orff diatonic xylophone, that is, it is a vehicle for teaching music fundamentals. The objective is that students entering middle school will be musically literate and capable of improvisation. They will be well versed in:
- playing and reading rhythms including complex syncopation
- singing solfège – moveable “do” including variations, such as, “me” for a minor 3rd
- the ability to improvise
- understanding the Cycle of 5ths
- understanding diatonic harmony
- the knowledge of natural modes with the ability to sing them against a do-so drone
- the ability to scan poetry and write lyrics
- understanding song structures with the ability to create original songs
- understanding Dimensions in Music as related to visual arts and the physical world
Students who study a traditional orchestral instrument discover that the DoSo Elementary experience enhances their ability to analyze, memorize and personalize a classical composition.
With all the recent emphasis on improving math and science education, the arts are often short-changed. Yet, all agree that innovation is essential for economic growth. A child in a DoSo Elementary program learns musicianship, collaborative social skills, and creative thinking. All these skills can be applied to a higher level of music study or to any other discipline in arts and science.
Below is a video excerpt from a performance by the DoSo Elementary class in Harlem.
For children learning to read and speak English, our sing-along videos are very helpful.