In Early Years Music, fundamental music concepts are taught in a playful, non-performance-oriented learning environment which is musically rich yet immediately accessible to the child’s participation.
At each session a carefully-selected collection of traditional songs, stories and movement activities is presented. The overall goal is to expose the children to a variety of rhythms, pitches (i.e. keys), tempos, modes (i.e. scales), meters and dynamics.
Frequently, songs-without-words such as “Ram Sam Sam” will be used to reduce the frustration of memorizing lyrics and facilitate quick involvement in the singing activity. Each song is offered in a pitch (key) which is comfortable for young voices.
Most of the songs and movement activities used will be familiar to the children in the group:
- Eensy Weensy Spider
- Wheels on the Bus
- Five Green Speckled Frogs
- Ram Sam Sam
- If You’re Happy and You Know It
- Hokey Pokey
- Nick Nack Paddy Wack
- Head and Shoulders
- I Left My Rooster by the Barnyard Gate
Because adult modelling is such a powerful influence on children, parents and teachers are strongly encouraged to participate in the sessions whenever feasible. Instructional materials for adults can be distributed to facilitate continued musical activity with the children after or between visits.