Young Child

Age range: 4 1/2 through 2nd grade
Class size: Class with no more than 12 children
Class length: 60 minutes once a week (Parent or caregiver attends the last 10 minutes of class.)
Extensive Home Materials

Schedule of Classes

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.

Experts agree that the single best choice for your child at this age is Kindermusik vs. Private Instruction. Through the 2-year program of instruction, your child will learn authentic wind, string and pre-keyboard instruments. Upon graduation from Kindermusik, your child will be ready to transition beautifully into private instruction on the instrument which he/she shows greatest joy and aptitude. Piano, Violin and Voice instructors are constantly telling us how “unbelievable” their Kindermusik students are in comparison to children who missed the Kindermusik opportunity.

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 need 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 music — 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 music of their own.
  • 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.

Theme and home materials for fall

Semester 1 — Children 4 1/2-6 years old LOVE TO SING AND DANCE and the experts inform us that although your young child is rarely ready for the physical demands and commitment of formal musical training, he/she is ready to learn sophisticated musical concepts involved in instrument instruction.

Your child will begin their musical journey learning pre-keyboard techniques, hand-positioning, ensemble development, and vocal development. Because Young Child is concept-specific, children gain an understanding of rhythm, notation, musical symbols, music vocabulary, and composition, as well as music history and styles. Can you imagine a 5- or 6-year-old taking rhythmic dictation? Young Child is the place for just such magic!

Home Materials:

  • Home CD
  • German Glockenspiel & Carry Bag
  • Children’s Activity Folder
  • Parent’s Weekly Home Activity Cards
  • Child’s Weekly Activity Pages
  • Manipulatives and Stickers
  • Games Bag with Rhythm Sticks
  • Family Song & Coloring Book
  • Child’s Canvas Carry Bag (New students only)

Semester 3 — We will be building on the concepts introduced in Semester 2, some of which were rhythmic accuracy, musical terminology, pitch notation, auditory discrimination, solo-singing, ensemble playing, and discovering and strengthening the “head” singing voice. We will also introduce Meter Signatures, and move to, write, and sing music in 3/4 and 4/4 meter. Look out – here we go! This 3rd semester of Young Child is exciting. Your child will add 5 new rhythm symbols this semester to add to the 3 they currently know: half-note, full quarter-rest, half-rest, whole-note, dotted-half-rest. Additionally your child will learn 2 more notes: b1, d1 making it “7.” Now that your child knows and can identify instruments from all of families of the orchestra, your little one will now be introduced to their first stringed instrument! This is the pre-violin instrument that will prepare your child for later violin instruction, and what better way to introduce your child to a stringed instrument than through the study of Appalachian Mountain music! Aural, reading and writing skills will be increased and used as your child further develops his/her glockenspiel aptitude. Meanwhile your child will increase their knowledge of notation and writing skills. This semester brings you one-step closer to having your child perfectly prepared for success in private piano or violin instruction.

Home Materials:

  • Home CD
  • Dulcimer & Carry Bag
  • Children’s Activity Folder
  • Parent’s Weekly Home Activity Cards
  • Parent’s Weekly Activity Pages
  • Manipulatives and Stickers
  • Games Bag with Rhythm Sticks
  • Family Song & Coloring Book
  • Child’s Canvas Carry Bag (New students only)

Theme and home materials for spring

Semester 2 in Kindermusik for the Young Child (ages 5 to 7 years) will excite the young mind as it focuses on concepts such as piano/forte, crescendo/decrescendo, and legato/staccato. We will explore string and woodwind instruments, notation, and even a bit of Beethoven.

Children love applying their new knowledge of aural skills, and reading and writing music notation as they further develop their glockenspiel skills. Glockenspiels are now utilized at home throughout the week to reinforce the music-reading and pre-keyboard skills of these budding musicians! Lesson highlights of this unit include Tchaikovsky’s famous “Peter and the Wolf,” “The Orchestra,” and a wonderful “Sing and Celebrate!” ensemble experience.

Home Materials:

  • Home CD
  • Children’s Activity Folder
  • Parent’s Weekly Home Activity Cards
  • Child’s Weekly Activity Pages
  • Manipulatives and Stickers
  • Games Bag
  • Family Song & Coloring Book
  • Child’s Canvas Carry Bag (New students only)
  • Children who did not take Young Child Semester 1 will need to purchase Glockenspiel

Semester 4 of Kindermusik for the Young Child is the fourth and final semester of this exceptional program. Together we will explore the sounds of wind instruments with the introduction of the recorder, something children in elementary school music education aren’t introduced to until 4th or 5th grade! Musically, students learn about musical form (ABA and rondo), review notation, rhythms, treble clef, and the complete C scale. Regular Four-part rhythmic and musical ensembles showcase your child’s emergent musicianship skills! Music from other cultures includes German-Austrian music and the study of J.S. Bach, Music of the Pacific Islands and the famous Japanese story of Momotarosan. The year culminates in May with Young Child II graduation ceremonies, complete with cap and gown, for all your families and friends!

Home Materials:

  • Children’s Folder
  • Children’s Activity Pages
  • Parent’s Weekly Home Activity Cards
  • Games Bag
  • Family Song & Coloring Book
  • Home CD
  • Recorder with Carry Bag
  • Carry Bag (for students new to Young Child only)
  • Dulcimer (optional purchase for students new to Young Child)
escort kuşadası Eskişehir Escort Ankara escort istanbul escort escort izmit escort