LEVEL 5
AGES 5 TO 7

 

 

Our most advanced classes offer children the opportunity to use music notation to play a variety of instruments. As children grow musically throughout Level 5, they develop strong social-emotional, problem-solving, and pre-literacy skills that help boost school readiness and encourage a natural love of learning.

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.

Young Child Curriculum Description:

Age Range: 5 to 7 years
Class Structure: Four 15-week semesters. While each semester builds on the previous, there is sufficient review for new students to be added each semester.
Class Length: 60-75 minute class each week
Class Size: 12 children maximum

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 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.

Enrollment includes:

 

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 5 to 7 years; caregivers attend the last 10-15 minutes
  • 15-week semester
  • Weekly 60- to 70-minute class
  • One set of Home Materials—Children’s folder with stickers and Music At Home cards, Family Songbook, instrument (wind, string, or pre-keyboard instrument depending on the semester), CD of music from class, canvas bag (during first semester) and games bag

ACTIVITIES

  • Learning how to understand simple music notation and play the glockenspiel, dulcimer, and the recorder
  • Experiencing steady beat, meter, and rhythm through listening to music, moving, singing, playing instruments, and reading and writing music notation
  • Learning new music concepts through listening, moving, singing, game-playing, visuals, and imaginative play
  • Listening to music and sound with an analytical ear and paying close attention to pitch variation and timbre between specific instruments
  • Developing their speaking and singing voices through listening, imitating, and exploring
  • Participating in a variety of ensemble experiences, including instrumental ensembles, vocal ensembles, and group dancing

SKILLS & BENEFITS

  • Ability to read traditional and non-traditional music notation
  • Growing ability to extend what has been learned in one context to a new context
  • Awareness of steady beat, meter, and rhythm, essential musicianship skills with ties to physical development and coordination
  • Development of self-confidence, musicianship, collaboration, and creativity through teamwork, peer interaction, and communication
  • Ability to distinguish specific sounds within words and increased awareness of the rhythmic structure of language and developing speaking, reading, and listening skills
  • Understanding of music reading, beat competence, expressive movement, singing, instrument playing, and ensemble participation, skills that are beneficial in fields of study that involve problem-solving, creativity, coordination, persistence, fine-motor capabilities, and team participation