For five years you’ve watched your child twirl and dance, drum gleefully on pots and pans, and sing countless renditions of “Old MacDonald.” And as they’ve grown, their musical aspirations have blossomed, too. Maybe he strums away on his air guitar all day. Maybe she’s already practicing that Moana song for her “America’s Got Talent” audition.
Your starry-eyed little prodigy will be right on track to reach those dreams in Kindermusik for the Young Child!
Kindermusik’s premier curriculum just for 4.5 – 7 year olds, Young Child has been continuously refined over the last 30 years to reflect the latest in childhood development, education research, and the spunk of today’s child.
Young Child takes the fanciful, holistic, musical play atmosphere of Kindermusik’s younger curricula and melds it with a true classroom experience.
Over the course of four semesters, children don’t just sing and dance – they gain a thorough and advanced musical education. They learn:
- How to read musical notation
- How to compose and play their own songs
- The four unique instrument families
- How to play the glockenspiel, dulcimer, and recorder
- To explore and express themselves with their own instrument – the voice – through healthy singing techniques
- An appreciation for and recognition of classical and other styles of music
Young Child fully prepares children to go on to learn instruments such as the piano or guitar in a one-on-one lesson setting. At the same time, they gain valuable classroom skills and inter- and intra- personal skills that will guarantee their success in school.
And we even hold a big graduation ceremony after children have completed all four semesters!
We’d love to get your child started on a life-long musical journey! Send us a message using the form to the right, and we’ll get back to you right away to set up a free trial class.
Interested in Young Child for your little music maker?
An Overview of the Kindermusik for the Young Child Program
Everything your child learns later in semesters 2, 3, and 4 begins with this early introduction to singing, reading, and writing music and rhythm. Through dances and games that focus on rhythmic development, we’ll learn a keyboard instrument – the glockenspiel – which will be used throughout all the Young Child classes.
Home materials: Children’s folder with stickers, games bag, Music at Home cards, Family Songbook, and CD of music from class, glockenspiel, and Young Child carry bag.
Playing simple musical patterns and songs on 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 of the orchestra and the families in which they are grouped.
Home materials: Children’s folder with stickers, games bag, and Music at Home Cards, Family Songbook, and CD of music from class. Children who did not take Semester 1 will also receive the glockenspiel and carry bag.
This semester is full of Appalachian, African-American, Native American music, and jazz! After our first class, you and your child will build a two-stringed dulcimer instrument with materials that we’ll provide (children love to decorate and customize their dulcimers!). In class, we’ll learn to play chords and simple melodies on the instrument you built together. We’ll also explore rhythm concepts through dance with an introduction to the basic steps in jazz, ballet, and tap dances.
Home materials: Children’s folder with stickers, games bag, Music at Home cards, Family Songbook, and CD of music from class, dulcimer, and dulcimer bag.
In this final semester, we’ll introduce the recorder, a wind instrument dating back hundreds of years. As your child is introduced to the basic method of playing simple melodic patterns and songs on this 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. We’ll also enjoy dances and games from around the world.
Home materials: Children’s folder with stickers, games bag, and Music at Home cards, Family Songbook, and CD of music from class, and soprano recorder.
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Kindermusik for the Young Child FAQ’s
What is the semester schedule for Young Child?
Young Child is a a 9-month program, running from October through the end of June. In the first year, a child will complete Semesters 1 and 2. In the second year, a child will complete Semesters 3 and 4. By completing semesters back-to-back in this manner, the children’s learning is continuous as new concepts and skills are introduced, reinforced, and built upon.
During the summer months (July & August), children will have the opportunity to join special classes and camps just for their age group that keep the musical fun and learning going all summer long.
Can my child join anytime?
Your child can join at the start of any semester – the first week of October or the first week of March. This ensures that each child has the most positive and successful experience. It’s better wait a couple of months to start, rather than spend a couple of months trying to catch up! If your child begins mid year (first week of March), your materials fee and remaining tuition is prorated.
Does my child have to start on Semester 1?
Semester 1 lays the groundwork for the rest of the program. Therefore, starting with Semester 1 is ideal. However, if your child is unable to start in the fall and is at least 5 years old by March, he or she may be able to start the Young Child program on Semester 2. We want each child to succeed and love every moment of their music class, so we’ll schedule a time for your child to meet with the teacher to gauge if Semester 2 would be a good place to start.
My child is 4. Can he/she start now?
We delve into some advanced musical concepts and skills in Young Child, and we want each child to feel successful right from the start. That’s why we ask that children be at least 4.5 before starting Semester 1. If you are unsure if your child is ready to start, we are happy to meet with you and your child to get a feel for his or her readiness. If we recommend waiting a little time before starting Young Child, we offer many other Kindermusik classes for children under 5 that will satiate his or her love of music while also establishing early musical concepts and introducing the routines of our Kindermusik classroom.
What is the cost of the Young Child program?
A materials fee of $120 covers all of the materials – books, CDS, instruments, and more – for the entire 9-month program.
Tuition for the 9-month program is $675. This can be paid in full, in three-month installments of $225, or monthly installments of $80.
How long is each class?
Each class is 60-75 minutes long.
Is the parent involved in the class at all?
Yes! At Kindermusik, we know that YOU are your child’s first and best teacher. And, we know that your child loves when you are involved in the things that he or she enjoys. That’s why the last portion of each class is “sharing time,” when we invite parents and other family members in to see what the children are learning and engage them in the fun, too! Plus, each week there will be musical activities that you and your child can do together at home.
Are there any special events or concerts?
Yes! In addition to an extra-special holiday class in December, family and friends are invited to a much-anticipated music party at the end of Semesters 1 and 2. At these events, the children give a little concert of the songs they have learned to play that semester and share the games and dances they have learned with those they love.