4-5 Year Olds
Now in their preschool year the children are becoming more conscious and aware of all the musical concepts.
They are more confident to sing out and participate in partner games and activities. They are encouraged to work together much more, and the games and actions are more complicated.
They will further develop the skill of inner hearing, their thinking voice, (the ability to hear musical sounds inwardly, like the ability to do mental maths or read a book silently). This is an important skill not just if they wish to go on and learn an instrument but also for school.
As mentioned above, if your child is going into their 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.
Due to current Covid-19 pandemic Music box classes have been suspended for the time being. Hopefully classes will be able to restart as soon as we are given permission to do so.
However, in the meantime I am posting weekly bitesize Music box class videos in the private family group accessible through the main Music box facebook page until the end of June 2020. These are divided into 2 age groups (1-3yrs and 3- 5yrs). I am also posting other musical ideas and book readings. (If you have been attending Music box or would like to consider joining us you can ask to have access to the private group by liking the main facebook page (MUSICBOXKEY) and once I receive notification I can invite you to join.)
I am not charging for the posts but any donations would be appreciated. If you contact me on my email I can advise you on how to donate. All proceeds, along with some fund raising being done by my 2 children as well, will go to the NHS, the Carers Support Trust and towards out local food bank support.
*** Class Times ***
Fridays – 1:15pm – 2pm —– T.B.C.
(45 Minute Class)
Tuned percussion instruments such as chime bars, hand bells are now introduced however everything continues to be reinforced to the children by using puppets, untuned percussion instruments, (eggs, claves) and the endless variety of props.
They will be introduced to solfa and corresponding hand signs which helps with their sense of pitch, (the ‘height’/ position of the note, is it higher or lower in the melody/tune). The solfa approach is where every note on the scale has its own name, (for example in the major scale – do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do). The hand signs are used to help with pitch showing where the music is leading, is it going up or down feel the spaces between the notes of a scale.
Children will now be reading more complicated stick notation rhythm patterns of (Mummy Bear) ta and (Baby Bear) te-te, ( I ) crotchet and (l‾l ) quavers although they still don’t know their true names.
They will be introduced to listening to music and be guided to imagine to hear what the music is telling them, to express what they feel when they hear different pieces; does it sound happy or sad, is it trying to tell you a story about something.
At the beginning of every class we sing a ‘hello’ song and individual ‘hellos’ to each child and to finish we end with our ‘goodbye’ song.