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Kindermusik Young Child 3 (Ages 5 – 7)



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Class Description

Appalachian music is a featured musical style this semester. First, you and your child will build a two-stringed dulcimer instrument with materials that we'll provide. Then in class we'll learn to play chords and simple melodies on the instrument you built together. We'll also explore rhythm concepts through dance with an introduction to the basic steps in jazz, ballet, and tap dances. Your Home Materials include dulcimer-making materials, activity cards, and music that features recordings from Appalachia, African-America, and Native American music, as well as the Western Art music of the Nutcracker Suite.

Enrollment Includes

 Developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and children, ages 5 – 7 years

 Class of no more than 12 children

 Year-round classes with a different theme each month

 Weekly 60-minute class, parent or guardian does not attend class with child

 At Home Materials—Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, and dulcimer.

What a Parent and Child Will Experience in Class

Singing and Vocal Development

It may sound like a foreign language when a child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the language of professional musicians and composers and getting young children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.


See children dance expressively to music, giving them the practice they needs to coordinate their body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well.

Reading and Writing

Young children will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually even composing their own music.

Focused Listening

Children will learn to identify a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.

Exploring and Playing Musical Instruments

Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose children to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction.

Values Group Experience Before Formal Lessons

Once a child begins more formal music lessons, the group dynamic disappears. With Young Child, children are able to interact and build social skills.

Creates a Student Community

Young Child keeps the same group of children together for two years, creating an incredible student community.





Unit Details


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  Ages 5 - 7 years old

  Prerequisite: Young Child 2

  Monday's at 3:30 pm

Lessons 31 - 34

The Music of Appalachia: There is a rich history in the Mountains of Appalachia, where dulcimers strum, washboards scrub, and spoons click. We will learn to play the TWO STRING DULCIMER and explore the unique sounds, games and dances of this region.

Lessons 35-37

Songs of the Sea: Feeling the salty sea air, listening to a sea shanty and composing our own sea story is how we will spend some of our time making music out on the Ocean Blue


Lessons 38 - 42

Jazz of the City and Songs of Nature: Dixieland Jazz and Spirituals are just two forms of music that come from the African American Culture. Nature as experienced by Native Americans has inspired beautiful music as well. Join us as we celebrate these musical styles through dance, ensembles, and composition.

Lessons 43 - 45

The World of Dance: Music is for playing and MOVING! Ballet, Tap and Jazz all have distinct sounds and dances. The Nutcracker Suite by Peter Tchaikovsky is a familiar story and shows perfectly all the ways music can move us.



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