SPRING 2014 Curriculums:
COCK-A-DOODLE MOO: Hop on the hayride—it’s time to head for the farm! In this class, you will sing songs
about the farm, including “Old MacDonald,” “Hayride,” and “Clever Cows.” You’ll engage
in rituals and playful activities with your baby, including infant massage, lap bounces,
exercise, and quiet time.
Home Materials: A picture board book with charming farm animals and the sounds they make—Cock-a-doodle-Moo, a CD of the songs heard in class, a jingle instrument for music-making at home, and a set of Art Banners.
DEW DROPS: Stop and smell the roses—and lily of the valley, and tulips, and pansies. In this
class, parents and babies will play and move together to songs about flowers, such
as “Jasmine Flower,” “How Does Your Garden Grow?,” and “White Coral Bells.” You’ll
also hear traditional Irish music, dance a jig and move to the “Irish Trot.”
Home Materials: CD of beautifully arranged songs from class, a board book of colorful flowers—DewDrops, a set of Art Banners, and a rainmaker instrument for music-making at home.
Away We Go!: Hop on the train, get in the car, board the plane, and Away We Go! This class focuses
on transportation, a favorite topic for toddlers who are on the go, go, go! Sing and
play along with favorite songs, such as “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad” and “Wheels
on the Bus”. Explore fast and slow, smooth and bumpy, and high and low. Read stories
about ways to get around. Shiny Dinah tells the story of a train, and Giddy-Up! has
a horse, speedboat, racecar, and more to help you get where you want to go.
Home Materials: Double CD featuring songs from class; two interactive story books—Shiny Dinah and Giddy-Up! to develop early literacy skills; Home Activity Book, and two harmonicas designed for toddlers.
TOYS I MAKE: Think of it like taking a course inside a child’s imagination. We’ll use the theme
of a toy shop to make our pretend-creations, using rhythm and songs with every imaginary
saw, hammer, and nail. The result is building the preschooler’s sense of a sequence
of events, which is good for storytelling, as well as making his ideas a reality.
Home Materials: Two books—If I Had a Big Blue Boat and Tippity Tippity Too, Toys I Make, Trips I Take Play Set, Two Home CDs, Family Activity Book, and a drum.
Semester Two: Playing simple musical patterns and songs on the featured instrument from the first
session—the glockenspiel—is a central focus this semester. While learning to sing
a melody, and then play the pattern on the glockenspiel, we'll delve deeper into the
understanding of musical concepts such as piano and forte through orchestra-style
music such as the William Tell Overture and Peter and the Wolf. Music appreciation
and understanding continues with a complete introduction to the instruments—and the
families in which they're grouped—of the orchestra.
Home Materials: Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, and Home CD of music from class.
Semester Four: In this final semester, we'll introduce the recorder instrument. As your child is
introduced to basic methods of playing simple melodic patterns and songs on this wind
instrument, we'll also incorporate the instruments, concepts, and songs from previous
semesters. With a special emphasis on multicultural music, your child will learn to
improvise and write music, as well as experience the musical styles of the Pacific
Islands, Europe, and Africa; plus play special dances and children's games from around
the world, including Alpine dances, Mexico, and Ecuador.
Home Materials: Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, and soprano recorder.