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Music with Ms. Mauldin

June 21, 2020 | Aiko Mauldin

Mustard Seed School has an arts-centered curriculum where music is a daily activity. The program is based in the Kodaly philosophy and focuses on the goals of musical literacy, as well as singing a wide variety of music that is authentic in nature. The music program here at the Seed is a vibrant and ever-evolving entity.

What happens in music classes?

Students will learn musical concepts and skills by:

  1. Doing: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts. Students will create and participate in various roles in the arts.
  2. Knowing: Knowing and Using Arts Resources and Materials. Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of materials and resources available for participation in music.
  3. Listening: Responding to and Analyzing works of art. Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.
  4. Understanding: Understanding the Cultural dimensions and contributions of the arts.
    Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts shape diverse cultures.

In other words, every game, song, dance we do in music will lead students to become a true musician who can read, write, and enjoy music in every way!

What’s going on in 2nd and 3rd grade music?

Each week, students participate in music class twice a week and in the Songsters choral instruction once per week.

In music class, through singing, playing, and listening to folk songs, singing games and other materials students learn:

Musical Literacy – Stick notation, staff notation, sight reading and composition

Expressive singing – Songsters, circle games and dances

Instrumental Work – Orff instruments, boom whackers, hand bells, percussion instruments

Improvisation – Song games, movements, instruments

Performance Skills – Songsters, Las Posadas, Spring Concert

Leadership – Songsters


Songsters is the time where the children learn to sing in choral settings. The Songsters perform at Las Posadas and Spring Concert.

Aiko Mauldin

Coleman Fung Chair for Music; Director of Songsters, Choristers, and Music Educator for Grades K-5; Worship Leader

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Aiko Mauldin started her musical training at the age of three when her mother enrolled her at a piano studio next door so that she could have peace and quiet for 30 minutes a week. Ms. Mauldin soon fell in love with Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Liszt, and especially Bach. She had her first official debut performance at the age of 11 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. At this time, Ms. Mauldin did not speak any English, but she soon discovered the power of music as a language permeating all cultures and nations. Through her love of music, she has made lifelong friends.

Since her childhood, Ms. Mauldin has moved from place to place, including Tokyo, London, San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, and of course, New Jersey. Her favorite thing to do when not teaching or playing the piano is to cook food from different cultures and to enjoy it with her family. Her favorite quote is from her mother: "I never dreamed that you would be performing recorders at Carnegie Hall!"

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