1. Our teachers sing live
Recordings can be fun to listen to but in a music class it is vital that
the teacher can be a good model for the children. The children need to hear their teacher sing and hear their own voices. In our courses we help teachers guide young children through a range of activities that include warming up, vocalising and
exploring the range of the voice.
2. Our teachers help children explore their voices
If adults sing in an adult friendly pitch, down low, this is not going to
serve your child best. We help teachers to sing up high and explore the whole range of the voice not just the lowest notes we can produce. These will serve to turn your toddlers into droners.
They will confuse their singing and talking voices.
3. Our program includes a range of traditional children’s songs as well as songs
specifically written for children.
4. Our program includes movement, both creative and non-prescribed and folk
5. Our program provides the opportunity to develop a strong sense of beat from
birth and to develop rhythmic skills for older children.
6. Our program helps teachers to fostergood listening skills.
Good listeners become good learners and with the right experiences good
7. Our program provides opportunities for audiation or inner hearing.
This is a process where we hear the sounds in our
heads. this process ensures that the children hear the sounds they will produce in their heads before sounding them out. This helps to develop greater accuracy in singing.
8. Our program uses instruments in a carefully guided fashion and
only once the children have a repertoire of song to play along to.
If making more and more noise is the sole
purpose of the instruments then one would have to ask what’s the point?
9. Our program helps children identify different timbres or
sounds of the various instruments.
Teachers explore how children can use their
listening and audiation skills to play the instruments with greater awareness of sound produced, sensitivity and accuracy.
10. Our program looks at how children learn, how the voice works,
stages of development and explores the various goals we as music educators must strive to achieve in our teaching.
11. Our program looks at evaluation techniques.
It’s important to remember that each child
learns differently at a different pace. Many children need to explore a room and feel comfortable and familiar in a space and with a group and repertoire of songs before they will interact and
12. We explore a range of fabulous resource materials available for
purchase and those that can be made simply for effective teaching.
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