This is the first class without a caregiver in our series, reinforcing and building on musical skills introduced in Round We Go for Families (not a prerequisite). Students engage in a wide variety of musical activities, including singing and playing age-appropriate unpitched percussion instruments. Circle dances and structured movement activities are also crucial components.
Instruments that require fine 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
Please note: All classes consist of 45 minutes of instructional time followed by 15 minutes of Community Time to talk with our expert teachers, ask questions about music and child development, meet other families, and provide social time for children.
For more information, please contact Youlee Park Duray, First Music Program Chair, at (202) 686-8000×1106 or firstname.lastname@example.org