Introduction to Music for Kids (Pre-Instrumental)
This course is designed for young children who are learning to read and write. The building blocks of music theory are learned and explained with songs, games, activities, and visual demonstrations, all in a fun environment. The goal is to foster musicianship in young children while their hands are still too small to play / hold an instrument and while concentration and co-ordination are developing. Children who have begun their instrument are also welcome; this class will reinforce the theory they are learning with their practical.
The Building Blocks of Music:
Development of singing skills
Phrasing and structure
How the Building Blocks are learned:
The Kodály approach is used in the class. This is an Early Childhood Education methodology which originated in Hungary and is a very popular way of teaching music from early childhood education up to advanced study for adults. The classes feature echo clapping, percussion and rhythm games, singing in sol-fa (do, re, mi), and using rounds. The course also includes workshops on different instruments, understanding how they work and recognising the sound of each.
“To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to build upon sand” -Zoltan Kodaly
The schedule for this year is as follows:
Wedensday: 4.10-4.50 Junior and Senior infants
Wednesday 5.00-5.40 1st and 2nd class
Saturday 9.30-10.10 Pre-School (Age 3+) and Junior infants
Saturday 10.20-11.00 Senior infants-1st class
Saturday 11.10-11.50 Pre-School (Age 3+) and Junior infants