General Music Young 5's & Kindergarten
Course Description: This class is part of a 7 or 8 year sequence (K-6) of music instruction designed to teach effective musical skills to children. It is structured so that their experience with music is a knowledgeable one with heightened capabilities to listen, sing, play, move to, write, and create music with a sense of joy and well-being as individuals and as secure participants and contributors to the group experience. This class focuses predominately on the development of musical skills through vocal music experiences, classroom instruments and the use of technology.
Course Objectives: Through the use of music, Young 5's and Kindergarten general music students that take this course will:
- Build a sense of security and confidence by easing in a new situation allowing for a "comfort zone", with non-threatening activities that provide a framework for interactive behavior with other students.
- Develop vocal ability by expanding the vocal range, leading pitch exploration (high/low, loud/soft), developing vocal sounds/vowels/consonants, matching pitching and singing simple melodies.
- Develop language skill and ability by learning words of songs by rote, echo singing questions and answers, answering in complete sentences, modeling clear and correct enunciation, understanding creating simple riddles, creating new words with familiar melodies.
- Develop auditory skills by following simple instruction (spoken and sung), echo singing, developing extremes then less variation, developing ability to respond to more than one direction.
- Develop motor skills by initiating a sense of beat with first consciously presenting it; allowing beat awareness to develop freely following teacher's model, using simple finger plays, patching and tapping as part of musical games, songs and chants; enlarging child's span of movement by acting out songs providing opportunities to step, stamp, bend, stretch, walk, jump, skip in the context of musical beat; teaching the need for personal space and encouraging the student to be sensitive to the needs of other children in the activity.
- Develop social and role modeling skills by showing sensitivity to the needs of each child in the group, helping build a sense of community by encouraging patience, understanding, sharing taking turns, acceptance of another's contribution in the group; providing opportunities to partner, allowing children to sing alone, create new activities for the group, and experiment with rhythm and/or Orff instruments.
- Develop academic skills by providing imagination activities with sharpen a child's perception in aural comprehension and communication, develop awareness of left/right bilateral skills, reinforce left to right reading of words/pictures/music, provide opportunities for memory development through songs and simple movements in sequence, encouraging body control so that the student is ready to perform emotionally and physically, focusing on the importance of listening skills, encouraging concentration within the musical context, showing the relationship between music and mathematics structures and patterns, giving opportunity for the student to expand his/her world view through experiencing music of other cultures.