Music for Our Little Ones

Programme Information

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The programmes comprise of two modules spread over four terms and children aged one to six years can participate in their age-relevant program. The lessons in each module have unique themes and the level of detail and difficulty increases as the module progresses and the child’s ability improves. Colour illustrations and sound material on CD’s are used throughout.

Lessons are presented according to the following structure:

  • Educational information that relates to the theme of the day
  • Story about the theme
  • Song or rhyme about the theme
  • Listening to sounds related to the theme and to the new musical concept
  • Movement or activity
  • Educational material about the new musical concept
  • Learning a dance: various dances from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Music games: a scene from a story is interpreted by means of movement or facial expressions
  • Playing musical instruments to orchestra music or read from a score
  • During more advanced modules: playing the recorder
  • Creative drawing related to the theme of the day

Pupils are exposed to a variety of sounds in and around the house, natural sounds and a variety of other music styles, namely baroque, classical, romantic, modern, folk and jazz. A concert is given at the end of the year, at which time pupils also receive certificates.

The weekly lessons of approximately 35 or 45 minutes (depending on the ages of the children) are presented at the pupil’s school or at the presenter’s house, directly after or during a school day. Classes range in size from a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 children and coincide with the school terms, with an average of nine lessons per term. Parents pay a quarterly fee, as well as an annual registration fee to cover administration costs and workbooks for the children.

What aspects of the child are being developed?

  • Greeting song: The child discovers social group awareness and learns to listen.
  • Homework: This activity teaches responsibility and promotes a positive self-image.
  • Revision: This triggers and stimulates the child’s musical and verbal memory.
  • Narration of educational information: The children learn to concentrate, to interact intellectually, to make associations, build knowledge and learn to count.
  • Story telling: This promotes language development, while the child experiences different emotions, fantasises, learns to concentrate and learns to distinguish between visual stimuli.
  • Learning a new song or rhyme: This develops the child’s sense for melody, as well as his/her ability to listen and memorise. In addition, his/her sense of rhythm and pronunciation are also developed.
  • Listening to music: The child becomes more aware of different sounds, learns to recognise and imitate sounds, and learns to distinguish between different stimuli.
  • Movement or activity: This enhances the child’s motor skills, rhythm, imagination, spatial orientation, body image and right or left domination.
  • Movement in time to the music and the learning of dances: These activities enhance rhythmic development, kinaesthetic skills (the skill to detect your own bodily position, weight and movement), left and right hand co-ordination, motor skills, spatial orientation, body image and right or left domination.
  • Music games: These aid with the development of listening skills, dramatising, the emotional experience of music, imagination and motor skills, as well as rhythmic and spatial orientation and development, continuity to body image and right or left domination.
  • Playing with instruments in a small orchestra: This enhances the development of hand-eye co-ordination, concentration, group participation, intellectual development, discipline and rhythm.
  • Playing the recorder (only in advanced programmes): This helps with the development of hand-eye co-ordination, concentration, group participation, intellectual development, discipline and rhythm.
  • Homework (not all programmes): All activities focus on positive traits, fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and the perception of forms.

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~ Music stimulate a child’s overall development ~
Prof Koornhof