3-4 Year Olds
At this stage most children will now be attending nursery and be in their ante preschool year.
In this class they will attend on their own but only when they are ready and comfortable to do so. They will be encouraged to interact more with their classmates and through lots of partner games and dances.
As mentioned above, if your child is going into their ante preschool year, then this is probably the class for them. However, please contact me to discuss this further as it isn’t all about their age, they need to feel comfortable and happy in the class.
Please see the ‘Latest News’ page for August 2021 for more information on the recent changes and booking classes.
They will be encouraged to suggest actions for songs and rhymes. They will learn more about dynamics – loud and quiet, fast and slow and high and low by using visual aids such as puppets, scarves, lycra.
They will continue to develop their ability to maintain and keep a steady beat throughout. Once they are well established in keeping a steady beat, rhythmic speech, (phonetics), is introduced; the clapping of words in complete sentences, in a 4 beat phrase, giving the sense of the rhythm, movement and phrasing within the sentence. As they become more confident they will also be encouraged to sing a short song or say a rhyme in small groups, as a duet or solo.
Everything is supported and their participation is kept engaged though the ever increasing repertoire and use of props, puppets, simple percussion instruments, parachute and much more.
They will be introduced to a very simplified version of how to develop the skill of inner hearing, their ‘thinking’ voice, (being able to say a rhyme or sing a song in their head just like mental maths or reading a book silently). This is an important skill not just if they wish to go on to learn an instrument but also for school. They will begin to visualise what Mummy Bear (ta) and Baby Bear (te-te) look like written down in simple stick notation patterns. ( I = crotchet, l‾l = quaver)
At the beginning of every class we sing a ‘hello’ song and individual ‘hellos’ to each child who will by now will sing back to the teacher themselves. To finish we end with listening to a variety of music, different styles and cultures, (mainly soothing lullabies) before finally singing our ‘goodbye’ song.