Above all, the inroad to the following objectives is an approach through PLAY and laying the groundwork to experience music JOYFULLY. This appreciation of music will last a lifetime.
Course objectives include an increase of Basic Music Competence for each child: singing in tune and playing in rhythm. Skills in singing, rhythm, listening, and musical vocabulary are emphasized through a variety of methods, appealing to different learning styles.
- Singing and rhythm games
- Props (balls, hoops, parachutes, etc.)
- Movement and locomotion exercises
- Spatial games and problem-solving
- Children’s literature and poetry
- Art as inspiration
- Improvised song and dance
- Drama and dress-up
- Instrument play
- Ensemble and solo playing involves a wide variety of percussion instruments (drums, bells, claves, shekeres, etc.) and pitched instruments (xylophones, metallophones, etc.)
- Children are introduced to recorder half-way through the 1st grade year and play recorder throughout the 2nd grade year.
Socio-Emotional, Cognitive, and Physical Development
- Socio-emotional objectives include participating in a group, self-control, respect for self, instruments, and others, developing social skills, emotional expression, and enhanced self-concept.
- Cognitive objectives include refined listening skills, developing creativity and imagination, spatial awareness, problem solving, increased vocabulary, and the exploration of cause and effect through instruments and music-making.
- Physical development objectives include movement exploration, developing large and small motor skills, increased body awareness, improved balance, coordination, and rhythm.
With the development of these skills, 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.