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Music Education for 4-7 yr olds

Based on Orff-Schulwerk music education, these group classes build upon your child’s inherent musical abilities to increase their basic music competence – playing in rhythm and singing in tune – as well as learn early music theory,  improve movement skills, and express through creative exploration. The main approach is through play, laying the groundwork to experience music joyfully.

Each child’s love of music is encouraged and developed through singing, dancing, instruments, drama and dress-up, and creative improvisation from within the inside of the child. Skills in singing, rhythm, listening, and musical vocabulary are emphasized through a variety of methods, appealing to different learning styles.

What are the Benefits?

Social Skills: Participating in a group, self-control, developing social skills, emotional expression, enhanced self-concept, as well as respect for self, instruments, and others.

Physical Skills: Movement exploration, developing large and small motor skills, increased body awareness, improved balance, coordination, and rhythm.

Cognition and Brain Development: Listening skills, sequencing practice, developing creativity and imagination, spatial awareness, problem solving, increased vocabulary, and the exploration of cause and effect through instruments and music-making.

Musicality and Music Appreciation: Children are primed to have more music appreciation as well as a foundation for future private music instruction (ie, piano, violin, voice, etc.). (Recommended at age 7 or 8.) When children enter the next age level of JamAlong group music classes, they continue on the path of tonal and rhythmic play with the addition of more organized movement (social dances, choreography, etc,), more advanced part singing, and music theory through recorder instruction. The recorder is introduced in the 1st grade class.

Life Benefits:  Not only are children encouraged to reach toward their personal potential, the skills gained through group dynamics and problem-solving serve them well in daily life.

What can I expect the classes to include?

Classes include:

  • songs
  • rhythm chants
  • dancing
  • drama
  • improvisation
  • children’s literature and poetry
  • creative exploration
  • group behavior education and practice
  • instrument play – drums, xylophones, percussion, sound effects, etc.
  • prop to bring music alive visually – scarves, ribbons, puppets, parachutes, etc.
  • Recorder lessons for 1st graders.

• The group process encourages echoing, practice by exploring and extending the music, improvisation, and learning to read and notate music.

•  From this early experience, children are then well prepared to enjoy the study of instruments such as recorder, piano, or a stringed instrument by the age of seven or eight.

•  The program is carefully designed to encompass an academic year. This encourages the opportunity to delve deeply into the material as well as build a bonded group of musical peers.

drama•   Class size is limited to 10 students with individual instruction and attention, as well as the benefits  of a peer experience.

Benefits of JamAlong Music classes:

Love of Music: Encouraged and developed through singing, dancing, rhythm instruments from around the world, tonal instruments like xylophones and glockenspiels, drama and dress-up, and creative improvisation from within the inside of the child. Basic Music Competence is emphasized – singing in tune and playing in rhythm – as well as fundamentals of music theory, implementation, and appreciation. Skills in singing, rhythm, listening, and musical vocabulary are emphasized through a variety of methods, appealing to different learning styles. Please see the Curriculum page for more detailed information.

Social Skills: Participation in a group, self-control, developing social skills, emotional expression, enhanced self-concept, as well as respect for self, instruments, and others.

Physical Skills: Movement exploration, developing large and small motor skills, increased body awareness, improved balance, coordination, and rhythm.

Cognition and Brain Development: Refined listening skills, sequencing practice, developing creativity and imagination, spatial awareness, problem solving, increased vocabulary, and the exploration of cause and effect through instruments and music-making.

Musicality and Music Appreciation: Appreciation of music will last a lifetime. Musically, children are primed to have more music appreciation as well as a foundation for future private music instruction (ie, piano, violin, voice, etc.). (Recommended at age 7 or 8.) When children enter the next age level of JamAlong group music classes, they continue on the path of tonal and rhythmic play with the addition of more organized movement (social dances, choreography, etc,), more advanced part singing, and music theory through recorder instruction. The recorder is introduced in the 1st grade class.

Life Benefits: Not only are children encouraged to reach toward their personal potential, the skills gained through group dynamics and problem-solving serve them well in daily life.