Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Music

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David Haworth is our JK and Kindergarten music teacher. He holds a Master’s Degree from Indiana University School of Music. An accomplished pianist, choral conductor, singer, composer, songwriter and author, Mr. Haworth also directs frequent musicals at other private schools in the L.A. area.

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The primary Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Music class curriculum is called Music for Little Mozarts. This is a fun and imaginative Early Childhood Classroom Course whichhelps develop singing and listening skills, plus imparts an appreciation for many musical styles. Each course centers around the adventures of Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse as they explore the world of music.

Why is music class important for young children?

Early childhood music is an important part of a child’s development. Your child will gain an appreciation and understanding of music that may very well last a lifetime.

What do we do during our music class?

During our once a week classroom sessions, we follow the adventures of Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse as they come to life at night in a music classroom. They meet Clara Schumman Cat (the music teacher’s pet) who begins to teach them how to appreciate, read and perform music. In addition to following the adventures of our two little music friends, we meet additional friends over the course of the school year such as J.S. Bach Bunny, Pacebel Penguin, Puccini Pooch, Haydn Hippo and Elgar Elephant. All of them have unique knowledge to share. By the end of the year, the children have met all of their music friends and our music room is filled with plush toys based on important composers. The children have listened to music by each of the composers and may even be able to identify the compositions outside of the classroom.

Rhythm instruments and primary bells are utilized with music flash cards. This provides the children with a hands-on opportunity to perform. We also use the smart board to play interactive “music” games and watch DVD’s about concert artists. During the last 15 minutes of class, the children listen to a classical composition and color a picture from the Music for Little Mozart’s series which both reinforce the theme of the day while improving their listening skills. We close with our “good-bye song” and a prayer.

What will your child have learned about music appreciation by the end of Kindergarten?

  • your child will be able to recognize and tap or sing rhythm patterns using quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes, half rests, whole notes, whole rests, eighth notes and eight rests.
  • your child will be familiar with several key classical composers from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century periods.
  • your child will have learned how to play primary handbells
  • your child will have a deeper appreciation for music as a part of their daily life.

What can you do at home to reinforce what your child has learned in class?

Play classical music during meals and while your children study or play. The following are suggestions based on what we are hearing in class:

  • Eine Kleine Nacht Music by Wolfgang Mozart
  • Fifth Symphony, Moolight Sonata by Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Album for the Young by Robert Schumman
  • Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint Saen
  • Selections from Madame Butterfly by Puccini
  • English Suites by J.S. Bach
  • The Surprise Symphony by Franz Joseph Hadyn
  • Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar
  • Encourage your child to sing, match pitches and clap rhythms. Sing hymns, sing with the radio, sing in the car. Sing always!

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