Big Kids (Ages 4 1/2 to 7 Years)
60 minute class
adult attends last 15 minutes
Build a Musical Foundation
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.
The program is designed to prepare 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. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to attend the last 10-15 minutes of class.
Spring 2016 Curriculum
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 of the
Home Materials: Children’s Notebook with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class. Students will need the glockenspiel and canvas bag from Semester One.
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 Notebook with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, and recorder.