Instrument Explorers (PreK 3.5-5 years old)
Piano, drums, violin, ukulele, singing, and more!
Your budding musician will love trying out all of the different instruments, learning about instrument families, singing in different languages, and reading beginning music notation! Each activity in class has a specific musical purpose: pitch and rhythmic accuracy, learning intervals, musical form and genre, or ensemble development!
New themes every four weeks keep things fresh and exciting:
*Native American Music
*Nature and Gardening
*Mozart, Opera and The Magic Flute
*Make-Believe and Fantasy
*African rhythms and Percussion Instruments
*Around the Farm
*Bach and Keyboard Instruments
*Big Band and Brass Instruments
*Latin American music
*Bluegrass and Using Music for Humor
*Beethoven and Emotions in Music
and many more!
This is the culmination of the Kindermusik journey, using the award-winning Laugh & Learn and Move & Groove curricula, the perfect step between early childhood music and private lessons!
Is my child ready? Here are some guidelines we look for when entering this class:
- Able to focus for at least a few minutes on something requiring more concentration like a finger-isolation finger play. (We do lots of finger plays in the Instrument Explorer classes to get the kids to be able to play piano/violin/ukulele more easily.)
- Can have a "real" conversation where child can express ideas and opinions. (rather than the adult doing 80% of the talking.)
- Will participate in call/response singing (ex: adult sings a line, child echoes)
- Able to follow 3 part instruction - Example: (1) March (2) on the red circle and (3) tap your sticks
- Can easily put things away when asked
- Willing to take turns AND not get upset if they aren't the first to play something (rather than each child having their own instrument, such as the triangle or violin or piano)
- Very well developed imagination, really able to engage in being something else, pretending to be somewhere else, etc. Children in this stage often set up play scenes with their toys at home and act out made-up "stories."
- Starting to play in rhythm more consistently
- Managing coordinated two-part movements (ex: tap-clap) with relative ease
- Well established correspondence counting (knows 1,2,3,4,5 very well by memorization, and is starting to understand the concept of 1 being one object (shaker, finger, beat, etc.)
- Able to work cooperatively with a teacher and peers (this is the first no-parent class).