KINDERMUSIK AT LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE
Kindermusik introduces music to children (newborn to seven years old) and their families. In this unique studio program, group instruction provides music learning and enjoyment that nurtures the child’s total development. The teacher creates an environment in which children explore the world through music. Whether listening or moving, vocalizing or playing an instrument, creating or reading music, the focus is on a process, not on performance. When the environment
speaks to the children, they respond with an enthusiastic and creative spontaneity. Kindermusik has its pedagogical roots in the methods of Zoltan Kodaly, Carl Off, Emile Jacque-Dalcroze, and the Suzuki method. These methods, along with the current Kindermusik curriculum, incorporate movement and music in the curriculum. The benefits of early music education are seen throughout a child’s development in the form of increased self confidence, enhanced reasoning, the ability to make distinctions between details, and a general sense of balance.
The Kindermusik curriculum involves the teacher, the children, parents, and caregivers. The Teacher’s Guide for each age level combines a curriculum with CDs of listening examples for specific lessons. Books, weekly home activities, games, and home CDs are intrinsic parts of the Kindermusik curriculum enabling the musical experience of the classroom to continue at home. Kindermusik also can provide an active, developmentally appropriate curriculum for day care settings ages 2–4, and 4–6. For this program, ABC Music and Me and the Community Music Institute will provide a licensed Kindermusik educator who will go into the day care center and provide a weekly 30–40 minute program in four week units. The programs include on-site participation of all children and their day care providers.
Kindermusik prepares children for the next step in their musical life—learning an instrument, singing in a choir, participating in music and movement classes, or joining an ensemble. Children are enthusiastic about music after Kindermusik. They have been successful in making music and are motivated by the fun of making music with a group of children.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, Kindermusik classes run for 15 weeks with flexible scheduling around holidays. Classes unattended due to illness may be made up through arrangement with a Kindermusik teacher. A minimum of five children is needed to run a class.
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