Young Children (5-7 years)

I am not offering this class at present, but hope to include it in 2019 if there is sufficient interest in it

Kindermusik for the Young Child: Building a Musical Foundation

level 5Using a small-group approach to music education, Young Child provides a pressure-free developmentally appropriate transition where children can musically succeed before taking on specific instrumental or vocal instruction. Children develop a strong musical foundation as they are introduced to fundamental music concepts, musical vocabulary, notation, and the basics of vocal development.

In small, movement-oriented classes, children explore a wide variety of musical styles and the instruments of the orchestra through group ensemble play, music, games, and stories from many cultures. Children will gain hands-on experience with a range of musical instruments, including the glockenspiel, dulcimer and recorder during the course of this 4- semester programme. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to attend the last 10-15 minutes of class.

Young Child Semester 1 & 2 introduce the glockenspiel, a beautiful hand-crafted instrument with individually hand-drilled keys for accurate pitch. Children love creating melodies on this delightful sounding instrument. Young Child 3 features Appalachian music and the 2-string dulcimer and Young Child 4 introduces the recorder.

Young children who continue Kindermusik class into early school age will develop a greater capacity for learning and a lifelong love of music. These classes are a musical learning experience that set the stage for future school success and the transition into formal music lessons.

Watch and learn more about Kindermusik for the Young Child in this short video.

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About the Classes

Age Range: 5 to 7 years
Class Structure: 15 classes in a semester Class Length: 50 minute class each week Class Size: Class with no more than 8 children Parent Involvement: Last 5-10 minutes of class

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 — 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 own music.
  • 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.

Class & Materials Cost

Semester Enrolment Fee: $340 (includes all tuition and home materials for the semester)

  • 15 x 50-60 minute classes over 2 terms (developmentally appropriate curriculum for children, ages 41⁄2-7 years)
  • At Home Materials (including a music folder with stickers, At Home Cards, a Family Songbook, instrument – wind, string, or pre-keyboard instrument depending on the semester, CD of music from class in a carry bag).

Missed the start of the semester? No problem, you can join at any time. Come along to a preview in an existing class. Preview class cost is $15 and includes a 45-minute Kindermusik class and CD to take home. The cost of your preview class will be deducted from your term fees when you enrol. Bookings are essential.

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