Ages 4 1/2 to 7 Years
YOUNG CHILD IS THE CAPSTONE TO THE KINDERMUSIK CURRICULA, PREPARING YOUNG MUSICIANS FOR A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE OF FORMAL MUSIC TRAINING
Using a small-group approach to music education, Kindermusik for the Young Child provides a pressure-free class where your child can develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers. It prepares the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument.
Young Child helps every child develop a confident, joyful voice for singing and speaking as well as essential building blocks for a future of learning. Students explore many facets of the musical experience - speaking, singing, moving, dancing, listening, creating and playing instruments, as well as learning about reading and writing music.
Parents or caregivers are encouraged to attend the last 15 minutes of class.
FALL 2012 Curriculum
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.
Home Materials: Children’s Notebook with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, glockenspiel, and canvas bag (during first semester).
Semester Three: Appalachian music is a featured musical style this semester. First, you and your child
will build a two-stringed dulcimer instrument with materials that we'll provide. Then
in class we'll learn to play chords and simple melodies on the instrument you built
together. We'll also explore rhythm concepts through dance with an introduction to
the basic steps in jazz, ballet, and tap dances. Your Home Materials include dulcimer-making
materials, activity cards, and music that features recordings from Appalachia, African-America,
and Native American music, as well as the Western Art music of the Nutcracker Suite.
Home Materials: Children’s Notebook with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, and dulcimer.