Music and Performance

Singing, instruments, music, performance, dance and movement is done daily!

A wide variety of child-sized instruments is provided for both the self-directed and structured learning: piano, drums, xylophone, ukulele, maracas, bells, and more.

Each month we learn a new song that is connected to one of the learning themes or to a holiday.  For example, for April’s ‘Life on the Farm’ theme we learn to sing Old MacDonald Had A Farm.  We also go through our repertoire of songs and often add in either instruments, music, or dance/movements.

chinese puppet

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For performance, we use puppets to help explore our weekly topics, monthly themes, and socio-emotional development.  We also play games like Charades, Freeze Dance, Simon Says, and Red Light, Green Light (movement on queue coordination).

 

boy tuning transistor radio

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Dance and movement often overlap with all of the above categories.  For example, in one of the weeks of September, we are learning about our bodies and learn the song Hands, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes as we move in coordinated actions along with the lyrics.  In March, which is World Cultures month, we learn a variety of cultural dance steps and traditional music.    Other times include each student choosing music for us all to play freeze dance.