Young Child

For 5 to 7 year olds

Young Child prepares 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.

Available Session(s):

  • Winter/Spring 2018 Semester 2
    Jan 23, 2018 through May 12, 2018

    Semester 2 — 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—and the families in which they’re grouped—of the orchestra.

    Young Child / Semester 2 Monthly Mini Themes:

    • Lessons 16-19: Toot Toot! Train is a ‘Comin: Music is in the sound of a train, and the song of a bird, the cheer of a crowd at a ball game and in the family of instruments that make an orchestra. Careful listening will unlock the door to understanding and enjoying the world around us.
    • Lessons 16-19: Music for Special Times: Whether it is Happy Birthday or Here Comes the Bride, music defines our celebrations. Your child will celebrate learning music as we discover where notes live on the musical staff, how both quiet and loud are exciting and how making music is a cooperative adventure.
    • Lessons 20-23: Music Moves Us: Loud or quiet, heavy or light, happy or sad, music provides a way for your child to understand, experience and express all of this and more. Join us as we meet the great composer Beethoven compose a song about an elephant and a waterfall and learn about the family of string instruments.
    • Lessons 20-23: Musical Emotions: Learning to use music to change the way we feel is good idea. Music has the power to help us calm down, rev up, day dream, or focus. How does that happen? We will explore this idea and learn about one of the world’s most famous composers, Ludwig Van Beethoven.
    • Lessons 24-27: Does It Bounce or Does It Fly? What draws us all to music is its many flavors or variation, in volume, intensity, smoothness, or sharpness. We are discovering how to listen carefully to identity these sounds, then lets – MOVE like this: glide, fly, slither, float, jump, bob, boing, trot. PLAY these: drums, triangles, shakers, woodblocks, chimes. DRAW pictures of what we are hearing. We have a flavor for every learner!
    • Lessons 24-27: Musical Games: It is so fun to learn through music! Circle Round the Zero, Che Che Koolay, The Music Machine and We are Dancing are all games we will use to learn more about our rich musical world.
    • Lessons 28-30: Sing and Celebrate! The instruments of the orchestra are a wonderful collection of families! String, brass, woodwind and percussion – beautifully introduced in our focus piece for this unit: Peter and the Wolf.
    • Lessons 28-30: Meet the Orchestra: Families Just like our families, instruments belong to a family too. They look, feel and sound similar. Join us as we explore the orchestra – Woodwind Family, Percussion Family, Brass Family and String Family – as depicted in the classic story by Sergi Prokofiev; Peter and the Wolf.

    Session Includes:

    Home Materials: Children’s folder with stickers, games bag, and Music at Home cards, Family Songbook, and Home CD of music from class. Note: Children who did not take Young Child Semester 1 will need to purchase Semester 2 with glockenspiel and carry bag.

    Days & Times: Thursday 4:30
    Session Length: 60 minutes per week, 15 weeks
    Session Costs: $320
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  • Winter/Spring 2018 Semester 4
    Jan 23, 2018 through May 12, 2018

    Semester 4 — 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.

    Young Child / Semester 4 Monthly Mini Themes:

    • Lessons 46-49: Aloha! Music of the Pacific Rim: The warm ocean breezes lead us to Momotarosan, a folk tale from Japan, Kapula Kane for a hula dance in Hawaii and a fishing outing with theIndonesian Boat Song. Along the way, there is an introduction to the RECORDER!
    • Lessons 46-49: Music of the Pacific Islands: There are music makers all around the world, with their own sounds and customs. In the Pacific we explore the Momotarosan story from Japan, sing along with the Indonesian Boat Men, and do the Hula with Kapula Kane in Hawaii.
    • Lessons 50-53: Yodelee-he-hoo! From the top of the Alps we will discover the music and traditional dances of Europe! Polka in Germany, circle games from Hungary and the maypole dance too! Meet the famous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, and learn about keyboards of all kinds from harpsichord to synthesizer!
    • Lessons 50-53: The Music of Europe: From yodeling in the Swiss Alps to the poems of Mother Goose, much of our great music originated in Europe. With this beautiful backdrop we will play recorders, do the dance of the May Pole and Polka, and meet the “Grandfather of Western Music” Johan Sebastian Bach.
    • Lessons 54-57: Drumming Drumming All Around: We can learn a lot from the wonderful musical traditions of Africa! African drumming is about listening, echoing, creating and sharing. The animals of the African plains inspire stories and dances too!
    • Lessons 54-57: The Music of Africa Musical: Story telling is how children learn music in Africa. We will learn, play musical motifs and act out the classic fable of The Lion on the Path. The music of Africa includes syncopated drumming patterns, and cooperative ensembles of many kinds.
    • Lessons 58-60: A Musical Fiesta! In South America music is everywhere! We will hear the happy sound of a wandering Mariachi band, and the whispering pan pipes. There is a special rhythm that gives Latin music its distinctive sound – called SYNCOPATION. It is FIESTA time as we celebrate all we have learned! Ole!!
    • Lessons 58-60: The Music of Central and South America: Who doesn’t love the Mexican Hat Dance or the classic story of Don Gato? Join us as we take a whirlwind tour of this amazing part of the world! We will explore the sounds of the Brazilian Rain Forest, the Farms of Argentina and of course enjoy our own FIESTA!!

    Session Includes:

    Home Materials: Children’s folder with stickers, games bag, and Music at Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, and soprano recorder.

    Days & Times: Thursday 5:30PM
    Session Length: 60 minutes per week for 15 weeks
    Session Costs: $320 for 15 weeks of tuition and materials
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