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 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?
Current Young Child Classes:
- Year One (Semester 1 & 2): Thursdays at 2:00 (This class is no longer enrolling. Please let us know if you are interested in our Fall 2020 start!)
An Overview of the Kindermusik for the Young Child Program
Year One / Level 4
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.
Year Two / Level 5
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.