Enriched Music 

Mr. Ochs protrait

Instructor: Matthew Ochs

Enriched music is a class offered as part of the Gifted and Talented Program at Walnut Glen Academy for students that have been identified as either “Talented” or “Promising” in music. Students in 2nd through 5th grade are serviced by attending extra music classes during the week which are intended to broaden their knowledge and experiences in music. These experiences include performing, creating, moving and listening.

Students are taught using a combination of both Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk approaches.  While singing is a fundamental part of enriched music, students also play a variety of instruments and explore music and movement through folk dance and improvisation. Students also spend time creating/composing their own musical ideas and participate in small projects throughout the year.  

Grade Level Activities

Instructional Focus

This six weeks we concentrate on reviewing material and concepts that they should be familiar with. For
example speaking rhythms while keeping a beat, clapping rhythms, putting pitches onto our music staff
and analyzing the form of our songs.
New material is also presented and is used to not only reinforce previous knowledge but extend
concepts into material they will be learning in the next six weeks even though they might not be aware
of it yet.

  • 2nd Grade – so mi la review; quarter and eighth notes.
  • 3rd Grade – so mi la do review; quarter, eighth, half notes.
  • 4th Grade – so mi la re do review; quarter, eighth, half, sixteenth notes.
  • 5th Grade – so mi la re do low la and low so; quarter, eighth, half, sixteenth, syncopated rhythms.


Are you interested in auditioning to be identified as Talented Musically in Music? Please visit the GISD Gifted/Talented web page and click the "Apply Now" button to apply online.

The application for the talent program is currently open through November 30, 2017. 

For more information please contact the Gifted & Talented Department or contact Matt Ochs (Enriched Music Instructor) at mjochs@garlandisd.net

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