Music Makers (ages 6-9)
The next step on the pathway to music literacy, Music Makers at the Keyboard, allows the active music making to continue, but now involving the keyboard!
This class continues to progress through the skill sequence as the children are well on their way to becoming musically literate. Once the aural foundation has been laid, it is time to focus on symbols that represent the familiar tonal and rhythm patterns that make up the repertoire. Presented in the form of notation games, children are provided endless opportunities for repetition, ensuring that they become well familiar with both the sound and the look of these basic building blocks of the musical language. When the time is right, the children delight in finding the same patterns – by singing AND playing them – through the discovery of "mystery songs."
These skills – being able to hear the notation pattern that you see in the written music, and being able to see what you hear – are imperative for success in instrumental instruction, whether that is in the form of our keyboard class or as part of the school instrumental music program. Allow your child this year of excitement and exploration to ensure his or her success in future music-making activities.
Helpful home materials include listening and practice CD's, enabling parents to work with students on determining through the familiar solfege syllables, how to apply their patterns to "turn it into" the song they are learning to play. Tonal and rhythmic notation games continue, along with listening exercises, form games, writing assignments, and singing games, to include the whole family in the fun. Involvement of the family is the key to success in the learning process.
A keyboard (not necessarily full size) or piano is absolutely crucial for practice at home of these simple melodies and chordal accompaniment we will work to develop throughout the weeks in these keyboard classes.
Listen to a sample from this class!
All Semesters are 15-weeks.