Cycle of Seasons
3 years to 4 years
The Cycle of Seasons
~ draws its central themes from nature. This class
cultivates the child's musical development through songs, tonal
and rhythm patterns, drumming, poetry and stories, movement activities,
listening games, instrumental play and manipulative games.
The children are introduced to musical language for the rhythm and tonal patterns and begin to transfer tonal
patterns to resonator bars. We continue with active listening and enjoy
poetry to experience of the music of language. At this age, the child's
language is exploding and is a source of joy and pleasure.
This age group begins to incorporate longer
discussion times, listening, and more complex physical movements. We
likewise begin the addition of more intricate rhythm and tonal patterns
using drums, jingles, rattles, tambourines, bongos, rhythm sticks,
sandblocks, the glockenspiel, metallophone, and resonator bars. Each
child has several opportunities every semester to play fun, impromptu
instrumental solos while the rest of the class sings along.
We study each of the four seasons with eight new animals
introduced for every season with pictures, listenings, and
mini-discussions. Natural and seasonal elements such as leaves, wind,
rain, snow, seeds, and gardens are also the subject of many of our songs