Nurturing Musicality

nurturing musicalitynurturing musicality. Your child’s optimal window of opportunity for acquiring foundational musical skills begins at birth (actually in the womb) and continues through the elementary years.  At Music4Kids we know what your child needs at each level and provide a loving atmosphere with just the right type of teaching your child needs to succeed:

A Perfect Musical Environment for Every Age

Birth to Age 3 1/2 

In Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce, Sing & Play, and Wiggle & Grow  you and your child will attend together.  At this early age, your child learns best through sharing and enjoying musical activities together with you. 

While it may seem like we are just having fun, the activities are carefully designed to nurture your child’s musicality.  Your baby feels the steady beat through rocking, bouncing, rhythmic baby massage and exercise, and listening to us play the steady beat.  As your baby becomes a toddler, we begin to build an understanding of simple musical concepts by exploring and labeling them in opposites, such as fast & slow or loud & soft. Exploring baby-safe instruments is great fun and while your child will probably not yet keep a steady beat they will hear the adults play it and will also continue to internalize it as they rock, bounce and dance with you.  We’ll also get silly with some vocal play that gets your child’s voice up into their singing range — usually resulting in lots of giggles along the way!

Ages 3 1/2 to 5 Years

Your child is now ready to spend thirty minutes independently with the teacher while you are just steps away in our comfortable waiting area. You will join your child during the final 15 minutes of class to play instruments or dance together and enjoy listening to your child share with you what we learned that day.

In Kindermusik Laugh & Learn  your child will begin to explore and discuss musical concepts using standard music vocabulary and play more specific rhythms with more independence on a wider variety of percussion instruments. The focused listening progresses from environmental sounds to recordings of specific instruments and instrument families.  In Move and Groove your child will listen to excerpts of musical compositions by famous classical composers, begin to identify instruments in the orchestra by sight and sound, and explore simple music notation.  We’ll also practice the steady beat, learn new rhythm patterns, sing songs to develop your child’s singing voice, and explore playing the piano.

Ages 5 1/2 to 7 Years

Your child will LOVE coming to Kindermusik for the Young Child each week with Kindermusik bag in hand, ready to learn to read and write music and play a variety of musical instruments including the glockenspiel, dulcimer and recorder.  YOU will love listening to them giggle and laugh while playing classic singing games, seeing their self confidence blossom as they master instrument play, and watching them glow with pride as they perform with their new friends the rhythms and melodies that they have written themselves.  There is SO much that your child will learn–be sure to see the detailed syllabus of this two-year program below.*

Ages 8-10 Years

After graduating from Kindermusik, our Piano Plus class offers your child the opportunity to learn to play the piano and continue to progress in recorder playing. The students in this class always have a WONDERFUL time…if you sit in the waiting area outside our group piano classroom, you will likely hear lots of giggles and laughter as we play Music Bingo and the Musical Adventures game that correlates with our book.  Alfred’s Group Piano Course is designed for friends who are learning together and includes several piano ensembles where each student has their own part to play.  Your child will also continue recorder playing, mastering progressively more difficult songs.  Learning to play each new song in the Recorder Karate curriculum earns your child a colorful “belt” that he or she will tie onto their recorder and show off with pride.  The Piano Plus class includes optional summer piano camps and continues for as long as the students are interested in learning and playing together.

 


*Specific Concepts and Skills Covered in Each Semester of Kindermusik for the Young Child  for ages 5-7 years :


First Year Fall Semester (October-January):

Musical Concepts:  Steady Beat, Rhythm and Melody; Contrasts: Steady Beat/No Beat, Short/Long, Quiet/Loud, High/Low

Music Vocabulary and Notation:  Simplified Rhythm Language: ta, ti-ti, rest; Music Staff; Notes on the Staff: c” and a’

Cultures and Musical Genres:  Songs from Japan, Spain and Mexico; Life and Music of Mozart including “Variations in C”, Minuet from “A Little Night Music” and Mozart’s Opera, “The Magic Flute.”

Identifying Instruments by Sight and Sound:  Percussion Family and Brass Family

Singing Development:  Learning to Use Head Voice and Singing in Tune; Weekly Assessment of Progress

Instrument Play:

Glockenspiel–Mallet Technique, Improvisation, Playing Songs using Notes c” and a’.

Un-pitched Percussion Instruments–Steady Beat, Variety of Rhythm Patterns

Exploration of the Piano Keyboard

Ensemble Development Playing Simple Ensembles with Percussion Instruments

Creative Movement:  Improvised Movement to a Story and/or Musical Cues; Simple Dance Steps of the Minuet

First Year Spring Semester (February-May):

New Musical Concepts and Vocabulary:  Piano/ Forte, Crescendo/Decrescendo, Staccato/Legato, Ostinato

New Music Notation:  quarter note, eighth notes, notes on the staff: d”, g’, f’

Cultures and Musical Style:  Songs from Spain and Ghana; Life and Music of Prokofiev–“Peter and the Wolf”

Identifying Instruments by Sight and Sound:  String Instruments, Woodwind Instruments, Full Orchestra

Singing Development:  Continued Learning to Use Head Voice and Singing in Tune; Weekly Assessment of Progress

Instrument Play:

Glockenspiel–Playing Songs using Notes c”, a’, d”, g’, f’

Other Percussion Instruments–Playing simple rhythm patterns

Exploration of the Piano Keyboard

Ensemble Development:  Playing Simple Ensembles Using a Variety of Percussion Instruments, including playing an Ostinato on the Glockenspiel

Creative Movement:  Improvised Movement to Musical Cues; Simple Circle Dances

Second Year Fall Semester (October-January):

New Musical Concepts and Vocabulary:  3- and 4-beat meter, writing original melodies and rhythm patterns

New Music Notation:  half note, whole note, dotted half note, half rest, quarter rest; notes on the staff: b’, d’

Cultures and Musical Style:  Music of Appalachia, African-American Music, Native American Music, Western Art Music; Life and Music of Tchaikovsky–“Nutcracker Ballet”

Identifying Instruments by Sight and Sound:  Folk instruments of Appalachia, Traditional Native American Instruments

Singing Development:  Continued Use of Head Voice and Singing in Tune; Weekly Assessment of Progress

Instrument Play:

Glockenspiel–Playing Songs using Notes d’, f’, g’, a’, b’, c”, d”

Dulcimer–Playing melodies and chords for songs using notes d’, f’, g’, a’, c”

Exploration of the Piano Keyboard

Ensemble Development:  Playing simple ensembles using a variety of instruments including the glockenspiel, dulcimer, and percussion instruments.

Introduction to Dance:  Learning Basic Components of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap including Simple Dances for Each Style

Second Year Spring Semester (February-May):

New Musical Concepts and Vocabulary: C Major Scale, Syncopation, Musical Alphabet, ABA and Rondo Forms, Sharps and Flats

New Music Notation:  single eighth note, treble clef, bass clef, double bar, flat, sharp; notes on the staff: low c’ and e’, b-flat, f-sharp

Cultures and Musical Style:  Music of the Pacific Islands, Europe, Africa, and Central & South America; Life and Music of Johann Sebastian Bach including “Minuet in G”, “Christmas Oratorio”, and “Prelude in E-flat”

Identifying Instruments by Sight and Sound:  Keyboard Instruments (Harpsichord, Pipe Organ, Synthesizer, Piano),  Traditional and Folk Instruments from Japan, Hawaii, Germany/Austria, Africa, and Latin America

Singing Development:  Continued Use of Head Voice and Singing in Tune; Weekly Assessment of Progress

Instrument Play:

Glockenspiel–Playing Songs using Notes of the Complete C Major Scale and Songs Including B-flat and F-Sharp

Recorder–Playing Songs Using the Notes g’, a’, b’, c”, d”

Exploration of the Piano Keyboard

Ensemble Development:  Playing ensembles using the glockenspiel, dulcimer, recorder, and percussion instruments to accompany stories from a variety of cultures.

Introduction to Dance:  Learning simple folk dances from Hawaii, the Alps, Africa, and Latin America

 

The two years of Kindermusik culminate in a group ensemble performance and Kindermusik Graduation celebrationi!

 

 

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Classes for Newborns to Age Seven

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