It is widely recognized that music is a critical part of a child’s education. The Music Essentials Curriculum introduces several essential areas of early childhood music including singing, rhythm, movement, musicianship (aural) skills, memory, and active listening.
Singing with confidence
The voice is every child’s first instrument. Students develop their head voice through unaccompanied singing which can help with building confidence in other musical skills. When hearing their own voice and the voices of others around them, students can experience musical expression and develop musicianship.
Rhythm forms the essential framework of musical language. Students will make mind-body connections through movements and learn about rhythm inductively. Multi-cultural singing games, dancing, rhythmic patterns, ostinato play, body percussion, and percussion instruments are introduced to learn about rhythm.
Young children understand music better when it is blended with movement and are able to feel and experience it with their bodies. When rhythmic structures and singing is integrated into movements such as stepping and leaping, stronger connections are made between sound and musical expression.
Musicianship (Aural) & Memory Skills
Musicianship skills (ear/aural training) and a solid inner-hearing ability are critical to developing recall and long-term memory, which are transferrable skills to future learning in any subject.
Active Listening Skills
The MEC challenges students to be active and focused listeners. The ability to have students listening instead of hearing music allows them to differentiate between comparatives, such as high/low pitches, long/short rhythms, fast/slow tempos, loud/soft dynamics, various timbres and tone colors. Young children become familiar with the qualities that make music expressive, and therefore are able to begin more advanced musical interpretation.