Your children can discover music theory through playing fun musical games, singing songs, hands-on learning about different musical instruments (guitars, piano, percussion), movement, drawing musical notes and much more. Our goal is to encourage children to learn in an easy, fun, and effective way. Learning in a group takes off the pressure of having to be right, and allows a relaxed atmosphere in which children are able to learn better and faster.
In a light-hearted playful way, your children will learn the basics of music theory which includes music rhythm and notes, dynamic and tempo marks, instruments of the orchestra and sounds from each family, identify different Kodaly syllables and hand signals (solfege tones), become familiar with the piano keyboard and musical alphabet, will learn a technique of active listening of musical pieces, learn about different musical styles, begin to develop a sense of pitch, tonality, and will be able to sing more accurately: in rhythm, in time, and in tune.
This class will also help to develop a better musicianship of your children through the techniques mentioned above.
The Spring Session of Music Discovery is held 3:00-3:45pm in the Makin’ Music Barn and begins on Thursday, April 28th. Tuition is $125 for the 6-week session.
Who Could Benefit From These Classes?
Everyone is welcome and everyone could benefit from these classes. Whether your child/ren would like to study piano, guitar, voice, drums, or any other musical instrument they need a basic knowledge of music theory and music in general. Therefore, every young child should be introduced to basic music terminology, music notation, basic techniques of singing, musical instruments, and different musical genres (styles). Typically, children 5 to 7 years old are accepted into these classes; but exceptions can be made. During summer sessions, we had a lot of 4 year olds and they did great! Most 4 year olds are ready. We had a lot of surprised moms: “Really, my child did that?!”, “My child knows that?!” I just smile and say: “Of course!” Your children can surprise you with their abilities to learn. So, bring your 4 year olds; it’s a great time to start learning music!
Our curriculum changes every session and we encourage children to continue with Music Discovery until they have a firm grasp of the concepts. Feel free to communicate with the teachers and staff to gauge when your child is ready to move on to private lessons at Rockdale.
What Is Incorporated In The Program?
Rhythm is essential in music learning. In class we clap, drum, play on different instruments, and move in rhythm. In order to reinforce the rhythm reading and sight-reading, Rhythm Cards are used. A World Instrument Unit is explored with the children having the opportunity to play dozens of instruments from around the world. In these exercises, children have opportunities for large gross muscle movement experience in steady beat and various rhythms. They will also get the chance to make up their own rhythms and having the other children copy their “beat”. They will also have a chance to learn about and play on a drum kit
Singing is a great part of this class in all levels. Solfege syllables and hand-signals are used for the development of ear-training, feeling of tonality, and accuracy of pitch. The connection between ear and voice is established through the use of Zoltan Kodaly’s Musical System for Young Children. Songs are also used for expressive singing and to introduce dynamics and articulation in the child’s musical experiences. Tempo (speed and mood) concepts are introduced through songs; movements are incorporated in these songs.
Finger numbers and keyboard geography is introduced on the standard size keyboard. All the children will have a chance to use the keyboards in order to familiarize themselves with it at their own speed and to have some hands on experience. We cover black keys, simple songs on black keys, musical alphabet on white keys, and C-Major Five Finger Pattern (C-position).
This class includes listening activities such as aural and written rhythm pattern recognition or identification, “sing back” simple melodic lines, “sing back” the solfege syllables, solmizing familiar songs, and more.
Listening is a key to musical literacy. Children are introduced to the technique of active listening. The music is chosen to introduce children to different styles and periods; using different instruments and different settings. Some of the musical examples are used to introduce the tempo marks, dynamic marks, etc. to reinforce the vocabulary that is covered in the classes.
There are handouts in this class; usually it’s the last 5-10 minutes of each class. They are very friendly, and kids love them! Handouts include tracing and note drawing, note counting and writing numbers, connecting given with the right answer and some “just for fun” puzzle sheets.
This class can be a lot of fun for the whole family. Children can feel very proud teaching their parents; it has been proven that children, while explaining the new information to others are integrating their knowledge (making it more clear to themselves and allowing it to become a second nature). So, have fun learning!