What is the Montessori Music program?
To a parent this might be a confusing question
based on the various approaches taking place
in Montessori schools in America. Many schools
create their own cirriculum or hire teachers
trained in a specific method like Orff, Kodaly,
Kindermusik, Dalcroze or such. Sometimes
it is a combination of several methods or something
learned in an ECE program or Montessori
training program. But, is there an official
music cirriculum that is authentic to the
Montessori Method?? The answer is yes...
but I do not believe many schools have invested
in the proper training or materials for their school.
The complete set of materials is available
through three companies that I am aware of:
Nienhuis, Gonzagarredi (Juliana Group) and Kaybee.
Kaybee Montessori carries the full line of materials
plus the training (the only training I can find in
the US). I was introduced to the Montessori
bells through my European Montessori trainer and
was fascinated to learn more. Both materials
and training are expensive, however the
books and support materials I think are
rather affordable. Here are the links:
http://mbells.sourceforge.net/ (online demo of bells)
From Jola Publications
Note: A company in Canada also sells the bell material.