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Music Duo, a Comprehensive Music Education

Music Duo is a thoughtfully crafted and sequenced music curriculum for elementary age children with weekly videos that deliver high quality music lessons. Ms. Davis has extensive knowledge and experience as a credentialed music teacher, as well as a deep love for teaching children! Ms. Davis’ warm and welcoming energy, her enriching curriculum, and her exciting activities immerse students into an enchanting adventure that makes learning music so much fun!

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Meet Ms. Davis

As co-founder of Splendor Productions and the curriculum writer for the Music Duo courses, Linda is committed to bringing music education to all children. She brings her experience in her elementary music career to partner with parents to give them easy tools to help their children excel in music.

In her early years of teaching, she struggled to put together a sequenced music program that she was satisfied with until she finished her Kodály training. Then it all finally made sense! Using all her previous courses and experiences, she was able to create a curriculum that teaches a complete music education in a very user-friendly format. And of course, it is fun and engaging for the children!

Music can be a tough subject to teach well, as most resources have a more a la carte offering. Ms. Davis has brought it all together to make it a one-stop shop!

Ms. Davis’ Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at the University of Idaho
  • Masters of Music in Music Education, Orff Schulwerk, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Organization of American Kodály Educators endorsed Kodály certificate through Plano Kodály Teacher Training at Southern Methodist University
  • Two levels of World Music Drumming
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Teaching Philosophy

The two most common teaching methods in elementary music education are Orff Schulwerk and Kodály.

The Orff Approach

The Orff Approach is a set of fundamentals created by German composer Carl Orff in the 1920s. The approach follows the way a child naturally learns, similar to how children learn their first language. Children start with imitation and progress through experimentation and creativity.

The Kodály Concept

The Kodály method was developed in the mid 1900s by Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály. The method uses a sequence-based approach to introduce skills at the level of the child, including rhythm, solfege, and notation. Everyone has a natural instrument, the voice; therefore learning comes through singing, and folksongs are the heart of the curriculum.

Ms. Davis has been trained and certified in both philosophies and has combined the best of both to create the ideal lessons for students.

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Music Duo uses folksongs, and each one is not only chosen to learn and build on musical concepts, but also to bring joy in singing.

Folksongs in their perfectly filtered, unmistakably true, irresistibly life-like way of expression can only be compared to works of art of the highest degree.  – Zoltán Kodály

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Singing (without accompaniment) – You might notice that there isn’t any piano or guitar accompaniment with all the singing in these lessons. That’s to allow children to hear themselves sing, improving their ear training skills.

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Movement – It’s important for children to express themselves through creative movement, whether moving through space or just being creative by showing a steady beat. Scarves or streamers take the fun up to a whole new level! Movement is a part of every lesson.

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Instruments – While it’s important not to rely on instruments for staying in tune, they are still a vital part of the music classroom.  Percussion instruments are easy to play, and they are typically the most accessible to elementary students. They teach important skills, such as listening and playing together!

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Improvisation – Who doesn’t like to make stuff up? Children can create silly verses, rhythms, and melodies, either through singing, playing, or composing.

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Games – Music is meant to be fun! What better way to make something fun than to make a game out of it? The purpose of most Music Duo games is to repeat the song multiple times and in a fun way! Children will not realize how many times they are singing a particular song because they are so focused on playing a game. Children will be delighted when they discover that Music Duo has many games included!

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