Music is an integral part of the early childhood curriculum. Song and instrumental music, which is incorporated and integrated in the classroom, encourages the children to continue the development of their sense of hearing and to the subtleties of tone, pitch, melody, meter, rhythm and rhyme. It strengthens their capacity for listening and for attention. The instruments of choice are the human voice, with its warmth, subtleties and interactive qualities, and the pentatonic harp, xylophone or tone bars. Humming and singing is a natural activity for young children. Songs and simple musical phrases are used to invite the children to enter into the activities of the day and to move freely from one activity to another. Music in the pentatonic and mood of the fifth scales are included as they match the less awaken mood of the child at this age.

Daily circle and story time is composed of songs, finger plays, verses, clapping games circle games and rhythmic movement (i.e., skipping, galloping)--learning by visual and auditory imitation the children strengthen their ability to match tone and meter in gesture and in song.  Transitions during the day are indicated by songs and outdoor games may include a musical and rhythmic element.




Serving ages 4 - 6


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