Top Five Skills a Preschooler Should Learn In Music Class
1. Preschoolers should learn to keep a steady beat. Tapping, clapping, walking, swaying, simply moving in time with the beat will help young children internalize the pulse of music. Feeling the pulse of the music should become natural to students.
2. Preschoolers should learn basic musical terminology. Piano, Forte, Fine, Composer, Allegro, Adagio, Names of Instruments; these are all terms that preschoolers can learn.
3. Preschoolers should understand the singing voice. Most 4 and 5 year olds understand the difference between singing and talking, a singing voice and a yelling voice (though this is not necessarily true for younger children).
4. Preschoolers should be able to listen for different elements in music. For example, loud vs. quiet passages, when the trumpet takes the melody as opposed to the flute, when music changes from a major key to a minor key, etc. Students will learn to recognize the sound of different instruments. Preschoolers can identify the sound of a piano, guitar, violin, cello, etc.
5. Preschoolers should understand simple rhythmic notation. Every class we teach has a simple rhythmic notation game.
Preschoolers are capable of learning more than we give them credit for. We approach a music class like we would a reading, science or math class. Having a goal for learning, a definite skill we want to focus on and then have fun!
If you have a preschooler, please consider enrolling him/her into our "WunderKeys" program.