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Levels Four (Ages 5 – 6) and Five (Age 7 yrs.)
You won’t believe what the oldest Kindermusik students can do! In a carefully planned sequence children will learn to read music and write musical symbols, and to play a pre-keyboard instrument (glockenspiel), a stringed instrument (2-string dulcimer) and a wind instrument (“Nuvo” recorder). Musical games, singing and learning about music from around the world keep it fun!
Levels Four and Five comprise a two year sequential program
designed to prepare the young child who is eager for first
experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery, but is
not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with
an instrument. In this pressure-free class your child can develop a
strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language,
notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers. Your
young child’s love of movement is honoured as we incorporate lots
of physical activity to master musical skills!
Level Four consists of Semesters 1 and 2 in the first year;
Level Five consists of Semesters 3 and 4 in the second year.
Lessons are 60 minutes once a week for 32 weeks September to June (see calendar below). Parents stay for the first lesson of each semester for highlights of the new semester. Parents
and siblings join in for the last ten minutes of every lesson.
|Semester 1 Student Materials (1st half of Level Four in the fall)||
Semester 2 Student Materials (2nd half of Level Four in the winter)
Semester 3 Student Materials (1st half of Level Five in the fall)
Semester 4 Student Materials (2nd half of Level Five in the winter); Nuvo recorder for student, one pictured above for parents to learn,too!
Level Four (Ages 5 and 6) Semester 2 (Feb. 11th – June 23rd)
Tuesdays 4:45 – 5:45 pm FULL!
(No classes Feb. 18; Mar. 17; April 14 and May 19)
Level Five (Age 7) Semester 4 (Feb. 10th – June 22nd)
Mondays 5:15 – 6:15 pm FULL!
(No classes Feb. 17; Mar. 16; April 13 and May 18)
*Take advantage of daytime classes! Ontario’s Education Act permits absence from school for music lessons! Section 21(2)(e)
Fee: $452.76 This includes everything: 16 one hour lessons @ $16 each, required Home Study Kit and HST. (That’s half the price and twice the instruction time of
private music lessons!)
If you prefer to pay in installments, the payment schedule for either Level Four Semester Two or Level Five Semester Four is as follows: $172.76* due with registration, $140 due Feb. 2/20 and $140 due March 9/20.
What A Parent and Child Will Experience in Class:
Singing and vocal development — It may sound like a foreign
language when a child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the
language of professional musicians and composers and getting young children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
Movement — See children dance expressively to music, giving them the practice they need to coordinate their body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves
musicianship, but physical coordination as well.
Reading and writing — Young children will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually even composing their own music. By the end of Year 2 we will have learned all the notes of the C major scale plus F# and Bb.
Focused listening — Children will learn to identify a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.
Exploring and playing musical instruments — Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose children to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time
provide them with the opportunity to musically succeed before
taking on more formal instruction.
Guided Homework activities – simple instructions for activities and practising for parent and child to do at home to strengthen
Plus – musical games, ensemble development, musical terms and concepts, opportunities to create their own compositions,
Level Four (Semester 1 beginning in September)
Everything your child learns later in semesters 2, 3, and 4 begins with this early introduction to the basics of reading music and
writing musical symbols. We prepare carefully for playing melodies on a pre-keyboard instrument—the glockenspiel—which will be used throughout all the Young Child classes. Your At Home Materials
provide the music, instruments, stickers, and activities for a home version of the same playful activities you’ll hear about from class, so your child—and you!—can learn where you’re most comfortable: at home.
Home Materials: Glockenspiel, and canvas purple tote bag, Red Folder of weekly Home Activities, CD, Songbook, Games Bag, and
Playing simple musical patterns and songs on the featured
instrument from the first session —the glockenspiel—is a central
focus this semester. While learning to sing a melody, and then play the pattern on the glockenspiel, we’ll delve deeper into the
understanding of musical concepts such as piano and forte through orchestra-style music such as the William Tell Overture and Peter and the Wolf. Music appreciation and understanding continues with a complete introduction to the instruments—and the families in which they’re grouped—of the orchestra.
Home Materials: Green Folder of weekly Home Activities, CD, Songbook, weekly handouts, Games Bag, and attendance stickers.
Level Five (Semester 3 beginning in September of the 2nd year)
Appalachian music is a featured musical style this semester. First, you and your child will build a two-stringed dulcimer instrument with materials that we’ll provide. Then in class we’ll learn to play chords and simple melodies on the instrument you built together. But keep bringing your glockenspiel – we have some more notes to learn! Your Home Materials include dulcimer-making materials,
activity cards, and music that features recordings from Appalachia, African-America, and Native American music, as well as the Western Art music of the Nutcracker Suite.
Level Five (Semester 4 beginning January of the 2nd year)
In this final semester, we’ll we learn the remainder of
the notes of the treble clef and introduce our wind
instrument – the recorder. As your child is
introduced to basic methods of playing simple melodic patterns and songs on this wind
instrument, we’ll also incorporate the
instruments, concepts, and songs from previous semesters. With a special emphasis on
multicultural music, your child will learn to improvise and write
music, as well as experience the musical styles of the Pacific Islands,
Europe, and Africa; plus play special dances and children’s games
from around the world, including Alpine dances, Mexico, and Ecuador.
Home Materials: Includes “Nuvo” Soprano Recorder with case, Yellow Folder of weekly Home Activities, CD, Songbook, weekly handouts, Games Bag, and attendance stickers.
Benefits for Big Kids
Young children who continue Kindermusik class into early school age will develop a greater capacity for learning and a lifelong love of music. In Kindermusik class, your budding musician will be
introduced to fundamental musical concepts, notation, and the
basics of vocal development. Children explore a wide variety of
musical styles and the instruments of the orchestra through group ensemble play, music, games, and stories from many cultures. These classes are a musical learning experience that set the stage for
future school success and the transition into formal music lessons.
At this age, big kids love learning and making music with their peers and can now begin to apply what they are learning in different ways. But especially when it comes to music, they need a learning
environment that that encourages without pushing. The rich
foundation of musicianship which Kindermusik lays has the
potential to accelerate later progress on an instrument.
- Language Development – Being in a group class like Kindermusik gives big kids lots of extra practice in verbal communication, but language development is taken to all-new level as the children
imitate melodic phrases, match pitch, and sing entire songs.
- Vocal Development – We take singing to a whole new level as the children sing in several languages, participate in speech
ensembles, expand their vocal range, develop independent singing, and sing in an ensemble.
- Cognitive Development – Higher-level cognitive skills mean these eager learners can easily begin to grasp the fundamentals of reading, writing, and composing music which Kindermusik
introduces in a perfectly sequenced and thoughtful way.
- Gross Motor Skills – Children this age are more than capable of walking, running, and jumping and are now able to walk, run, and jump to the beat of the music. Kindermusik helps refine their gross-motor skills even further as the children imitate and learn multi-step dances.
- Fine Motor Skills – The ability to hold a pencil and write their names means that these big kids are becoming skilled enough to also learn simple musical notation, play the bars of a glockenspiel, strum the strings of the dulcimer, and finger the holes on the recorder.
- Social Emotional Development – At this age, self-esteem comes from feeling capable, and Kindermusik helps your child to
develop a sense of confidence by belonging to a group, sharing ideas, and taking pride in his accomplishments.
- Musical Development – Increasing skills and cognitive abilities mean that your big kid can enjoy more complicated group dances and ensemble experiences. She’ll have lots of opportunity to
develop her singing voice as well. Most exciting of all, she is able to learn to read and write music as well as to compose her own songs!