Young Child Semester 1
5 years to 6 years
FALL 2021 - SEMESTER 1 (August 16 - December 9)
Range: 5 years to 6 years old
Structure: 15 classes in this session
Length: 1 hour class each week
Register to save your spot for only $20 registration fee, $300 per session (4 payments of $75)
The Young Child program is a preparatory program which will prepare your child for any private lessons they choose. There are 4 semesters in the Young Child program. The glockenspiel will be taught in the Semester 1 and 2, the dulcimer in Semester 3, and the recorder in Semester 4.
What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class
- Singing and vocal development — It may sound like a
foreign language when a child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the
language of professional musicians and composers and getting young
children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
- Movement — See children dance expressively to
music, giving them the practice they needs to coordinate their body
movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only
improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well.
- Reading and writing — Young children will learn
melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on
the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually even composing their
- Focused listening — Children will learn to identify
a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also
gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in
Western arts tradition.
- Exploring and playing musical instruments —
Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments
expose children to the many choices for future musical study, and at the
same time provide them with the opportunity to musically succeed before
taking on more formal instruction.
- Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 5 to 6 years; caregivers attend the last 10-15 minutes
- 15-week semester
- Weekly 60 minute class
- Home Kit includes folder with stickers for Music at Home cards and sheets, Family Songbook, CD and digital music, glockenspiel, canvas bag, and games bag
Semester 1 —
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.
Young Child / Semester 1 Monthly Mini Themes:
- Lessons 1-4: Music is Everywhere: We live in a
world of sound. As students listen, learn and explore the sounds that
are all around us, they are developing important skills that can enhance
all later learning.
- Lessons 5-8: Ready Steady Go! Musical beats can be
fast or slow. They make our toes feel like tapping and our feet feel
like marching. A steady beat is the underlying pulse of music and of
life. Mixing up the steady beat into smaller and longer pieces give us
music! We will listen to the rhythm of weather in the rain and wind and
even a musical storm composed by Beethoven in his Pastoral Symphony.
- Lessons 9-12: The Melody of Nature: Birds sing to
us with many voices and songs. Melody is the part of music that we want
to sing. The language of melody starts with games about high and low.
Join us for songs, imaginative play and instrument exploration, all
- Lessons 13-15: Glockenspiels – Pre Keyboard Skills!
Musical learning for kids who are 4-6 is all about experiencing music
through play and HANDS ON exploration. In this unit we use the
pre-keyboard instrument called a Glockenspiel to organize and expand
learning about steady beat, melody, and rhythm.