Class Times: Wed. 3:45 pm. or Thurs. 3:15 pm for first year students in Fall Semester 2008.
Kindermusik for the Young Child is simply the BEST way for children this age to be introduced to the world of music theory, music history, and a variety of musical and cultural styles. We explore music concepts through movement, then apply them to real instruments.
Through fun songs, games, and movement, students learn to read and write rhythms and notes on a staff. Students learn to use their music memories (audiation) to play songs on three different instruments, the glockenspiel (a keyboard instrument), the dulcimer (a stringed instrument), and the recorder (a wind instrument).
We cover musical stories, from classical to cultural, and get a basic understanding of instruments from the orchestra and from different cultures around the world, with hands-on experience (as much as I can afford or arrange). We have such a great time learning; you should see the look on their faces when they get to learn a new note! And their homework each week presents games and activities that help them gain critical music skills.
Fall – Sem 1: basic music concepts (sound/silence, fast/slow, high/low, etc.), reading/writing basic rhythms, reading and writing the first 2 notes on the staff & playing them on the glockenspiel, introduction to orchestra instruments, intro. to Mozart & Opera: The Magic Flute.
Spring – Sem 2: Pentatonic scale, learning to play pentatonic songs on the glockenspiel, as well as read & write on the staff, continue studying orchestral instruments, study instruments in context with Peter & the Wolf, as well as the Young Person’s guide to the Orchestra.
Fall – Sem. 3: – Complete a full octave scale, expand study of rhythms and music theory, introduction to a variety of North American cultural music styles and instruments, get to make and play their own dulcimer, ensemble work, and continued theory on the glockenspiel.
Spring – Sem 4: Introduction to songs in alternate keys (glockenspiel allows keys to be replaced with sharp or flat notes), introduced to world music cultural styles, musical stories, and instruments, introduced to playing the Recorder, able to recognize Form in music and other more abstract music concepts.
Once students have completed this two year program (four semesters, two per school year), they are ready to choose an instrument and be successful in formal music lessons.