Spotlight on the tried and true Kindermusik of the Young Child for 5s, 6s, and 7s … the perfect preparation for private music lessons and school success! August 24, 2013 at 12:46 am | Posted in Kindermusik | Leave a comment
Offered in our Riverwood/Clayton location on Fridays from 4:00 – 5:15pm for a one time registration/materials fee of $75.00 and monthly fees of $65.00 for ease of budgeting.
Young children who continue Kindermusik class into early school age with Kindermusik for the Young Child will develop a greater capacity for learning and a lifelong love of music. The ownership of their own glockenspiel and eventually dulcimer and recorder give the child hands-on instrument playing experiences in a group setting. In Kindermusik class, your budding musician will be introduced to fundamental musical concepts, notation, and the basics of vocal development. Children explore a wide variety of musical styles and the instruments of the orchestra through group ensemble play, music, games, and stories from many cultures. Young Child prepares the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument. These classes are a musical learning experience that sets the stage for future school success and the transition into formal music lessons.
Beginning Friday, September 6th, from 4:00-5:15pm we will begin Semester 1 of this 4 semester curriculum.
What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class
- Singing and vocal development – It may sound like a foreign language when a child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the language of professional musicians and composers and getting young children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
- Movement — See children dance expressively to music, giving them the practice they need to coordinate their body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well.
- Reading and writing — Young children will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually even composing their own music.
- Focused listening — Children will learn to identify a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.
- Exploring and playing musical instruments — Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose children to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction.
- Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 5 to 7 years; caregivers attend the last 10-15 minutes
- 15-week semester (three more semesters to follow to complete the program)
- Weekly 60- to 70-minute class
- One set of Home Materials—Children’s folder with stickers and Music At Home cards, Family Songbook, instrument (wind, string, or pre-keyboard instrument depending on the semester), Downloadable music from class, canvas bag (during first semester) and games bag
Semester One — Everything your child learns later in semesters 2, 3, and 4 begins with this early introduction to singing, reading, and writing music and rhythm. Through dances and games that focus on rhythmic development, we’ll learn a keyboard instrument—the glockenspiel—which will be used throughout all the Young Child classes. Your At Home Materials provide the music, instruments, stickers, and activities for a home version of the same playful activities you’ll hear about from class, so your child—and you!—can learn where you’re most comfortable: at home.
We begin our semester with a focus on Music is Everywhere!
Monthly Mini Themes:
- Lessons 1-4: Music is Everywhere: We live in a world of sound. As students listen, learn and explore the sounds that are all around us, they are developing important skills that can enhance all later learning. AUDITORY AWARENESS.
- Lessons 5-8: Ready Steady Go! Musical beats can be fast or slow. They make our toes feel like tapping and our feet feel like marching. A steady beat is the underlying pulse of music and of life. Mixing up the steady beat into smaller and longer pieces give us music! We will listen to the rhythm of weather in the rain and wind and even a musical storm composed by Beethoven in his Pastoral Symphony. RHYTHM AND TEMPO.
- Lessons 9-12: The Melody of Nature: Birds sing to us with many voices and songs. Melody is the part of music that we want to sing. The language of melody starts with games about high and low. Join us for songs, imaginative play and instrument exploration, all exploring MELODY.
- Lessons 13-15: Glockenspiels – Pre Keyboard Skills! Musical learning for kids who are 5-7 is all about experiencing music through play and HANDS ON exploration. In this unit we use the pre-keyboard instrument called a Glockenspiel to organize and expand learning about steady beat, melody, and rhythm.
As well as being a full musical learning experience, Kindermusik is also a family experience. Through parental involvement at home, parents will play an important role in their child’s learning. “Hands-on parenting cannot be underestimated in its effect on young children and their brain development. As parents, we must provide numerous, ongoing, and enriching experiences that will nourish our children’s brains. Music is such an experience.” *Good Music Brighter Children, by Sharlene Habermeyer, p. 26