Kindermusik for the Young Child
Levels 5-6: Kindergarten and 1st grade
Kindermusik for the Young Child provides a pressure-free, developmentally appropriate transition to musically succeed before taking on private instrument instruction. Young Child provides the opportunity to explore voice development and solfege, rhythm, notation, musical symbols, and composition. Children will learn to play keyboard, string and woodwind instruments individually and in groups. Along with new home materials each semester, children will receive a glockenspiel for semesters 1 and 2, a dulcimer for semester 3, and a recorder for semester 4. Children who have a piano or keyboard at home will be able to reinforce their studies on the keyboard. Students are introduced to different forms of dance and use movement to develop body awareness and learn music theory concepts. New music and concepts are introduced first by singing or chanting, then with movement, finally by playing instruments and reading music. This approach works for all learning styles and provides both novelty and repetition, ear training & notation, to become a well rounded and accomplished musician.
The program is 4 semesters over 2 school years, September–May. There are 30 weeks of instruction each year plus a recital in May. Families can enroll by the semester or school year, we prefer families who are interested in the entire 2 year program. Children must be at least 5 and enrolled in Kindergarten or first grade to register.
Semesters 1 and 2
Children receive their own glockenspiel to use at home and in class. They learn about and explore all the instrument families with a special emphasis on percussion and keyboard instruments. Students play the piano in class but it is not necessary to have one at home.
Children receive a dulcimer kit that allows them to put together, decorate, and play their own dulcimer. As they learn about the string family they also have the opportunity to explore a cello, violin, ukulele, zither, Celtic harp, banjo, guitar and autoharp.
Children continue their studies in music theory and notation while learning new musical selections to play on glockenspiel, keyboard, and dulcimer. They receive a recorder and learn to play it while studying the woodwind and brass family of instruments. They will also explore the trumpet, flute, clarinet, trombone, slide whistle, harmonica, kazoo, and pennywhistle.
Throughout the Young Child curricula children also sing, dance, play music theory games & dramatics to learn musical concepts. Children play individually, in duets, and in full class ensembles. There is a family recital and celebration at the end of each year and a graduation at the end of the second year!
Kindermusik for the Young Child Schedule:
Kindermusik for the Young Child follows a Semester based schedule. Semesters 1 and 3 are 15 weeks and Semesters 2 and 4 are 16 weeks which includes a recital. The class time for a group of students remains the same until they graduate. We enroll in the Fall and most spots are filled for the entire year. If there are any spots available we will allow students to begin up to the beginning of the second Semester. A few private lessons may be necessary for students beginning after the school year has begun.
The 2019-2020school year schedule will be determined June 1:
Fees include tuition and all materials. Semester fees are $345, Fees can be paid before each Semester begins or with a monthly payment plan option available at registration. The tuition portion breaks down to only $17 per class! Each Semester students receive a new CD, songbook, folder, weekly handouts, games bag, prizes and activities. Semester 1 they receive a carry bag and glockenspiel, a dulcimer & gig bag for Semester 3 and a recorder for Semester 4.
Registration for the next school year begins in July. We only accept 15 students per year so register early to get a spot. First priority given to enrolled students. Contact your instructor for the registration code. Please contact the director if you have a prospective student who is new to our program.