In this class, children and their parent/caregiver continue to engage in a wide variety of musical activities, including singing as well as playing age-appropriate un-pitched percussion instruments. Circle dances and structured movement activities are also crucial components.
Instruments that require finer motor skills are introduced. Students sing songs with wider vocal range and more intricate rhythmic patterns to develop pitch matching, solo singing, and sense of rhythm. Through musical stories, games, and activities, children are also introduced to basic rhythmic and melodic concepts.
Class activities and benefits include:
- Instrument playing with age-appropriate un-pitched percussion instruments to encourage basic rhythmic competency, including ability to play a steady beat
- Simple solo singing for improved listening and pitch matching skills
- Movement activities to develop fine and gross motor skills
- Expressive movement to music, leading to spatial awareness and control
- Expanded repertoire of simple songs and musical games
- Students begin to contribute their own ideas which is an important first step to improvisation
For more information, please contact Youlee Park Duray, First Music Program Chair, at (202) 686-8000 x1106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.