♫ Music for Little People has lots of exciting material planned for the autumn term. We will be starting by exploring colours and shapes through music. Some of the songs will be traditional favourites such as "Sing a Rainbow" and "Sally's wearing a red dress" which some of the children will already be familiar with. Other songs are those especially composed for the classes by Karen Dickinson. Children learn such a lot through the medium of song especially when those songs are accompanied by actions. They will name familiar objects around the room, name body parts and also incorporate names of actions: we move "faster" and "slower", stretch "higher" and "lower" and respond to instructions such as "stop" and "go".
♫ Again we will be experiencing music from around the world while playing along with the percussion instruments, dancing with scarves, or drawing a soundscape: some composers sing about specific colours in their music; others believe that the tonal centre of their music represents a certain colour to them. An exciting range of rhythm is also experienced during the classes – the little ones will be bounced faster and slower on their carer's knee; our two-year olds will be having fun tapping with the puppets and learning their rhythmic names and the older children will be making rhythm sentences using the names of shapes.
♫ Our country is home to many different faiths – each with their own holidays. In the winter, followers of the many religions celebrate their faith through Festivals that include the symbolism of Light as a central focus. During the second half of the term, Music for Little People will be celebrating our cultural diversity through music and songs that celebrate the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah, the Christian Festival of Advent, the Festival of Ramadan from the Muslim faith and Diwali, the Festival of Light belonging to the Hindu faith. I hope you will come and join our musical celebrations!
♫ The classes will maintain the familiar structure enjoyed by the children which enables them to anticipate what is coming next and to feel secure in the Music for Little People environment. Classes begin with a "hello song" and a section which I call "finding the voice". Children love to experiment with their voices and this section enables them to practice many of the vocal skills necessary for successful singing. We exercise our tongues, make sounds that raise the pitch of our voices higher and lower, practice forming consonants and vowels, and use our voices to imitate animal sounds. This is one of the most popular parts of the class with the children! We shall also be meeting the puppets and learning their rhythmic names, forming rhythm sentences and the little ones will enjoy knee bouncing and lullabies with their carers. During all of this we'll also learn the essential social skills of sharing, taking turns and making new friends (and that does include the parents!) The Music for Little People curriculum is a progressive one and your child will learn skills that will lay the foundations for future learning.
♫ The autumn schedule is enclosed; don't forget that if you recommend a friend to Music for Little People, and they sign up for a 10-week term, you will receive a voucher for ONE FREE CLASS to be used in a subsequent term. I am looking forward to seeing you soon at music class!