Solfege and Rhythms

  • After struggling with typical methodologies, . . . [Walden's] text and processes have provided me with hope to reach my full potential.

    – Teacher Training Institute participant

The Solfege and Rhythms component of Walden’s curriculum is a systematic, incremental, and improvisational approach to the study of melody and rhythm. It includes an abundance of creative activities that not only help students learn to read, understand, and perform music accurately and musically, but also develop excellent aural skills, and directly support the development of high-level competence in melodic improvisation and composition. This curriculum, developed by Patricia Plude and Leo Wanenchak, veteran Walden faculty members who have taught Walden Musicianship in a variety of educational settings for many years, provides an organic, logical, and sequential curriculum for the teaching of solfege and rhythms. Framed in Walden’s hallmark discover – drill – create approach to music education, the curriculum is playful, thorough, and inspiring.

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