Young Child Semester 2 (5 – 7 years)
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 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 4 (5 – 7 years)
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 multi-cultural music, your child will learn to improvise and write music, as well as experience the musical styles of the Pacific Islands, Europe, Bach, and Africa; plus play special dances and children’s games from around the world, including Alpine dances, Mexico, and Ecuador.
This upcoming semester will mark the end of 6 years of Kindermusik that Lauren has taken with Miss Debbie. While I truly loved the warm, fuzzy moments in the Village classes and enjoyed the toddler and pre-school curriculums, nothing compares with Young Child. I am so impressed with what a 5 and 6 year old child can and does learn about music. Having studied music myself, I never imagined that a Kindergartener would be able to read notes on a staff and play a variety of instruments. My husband was in the high school chorus and never learned to read music as well as my 6 year old daughter already can.
To parents out there that are on the fence, I just want to say that I can’t recommend Young Child highly enough. It is the best!