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Preschool Music General Information
Susie or Phil are available to teach music sessions at your Preschool centre. These sessions take place once a week for 30-40 minutes for a maximum group of 15 children. For children to receive an age appropriate and developmental music program it is ideal to have them grouped according to age.
Here’s an example of possible groupings – babies 3 months to 12 months; toddlers 12 months to 2 years; 3 yr olds; 4 yr olds. Preschool music programs can be anything from a minimum of 5-8 weeks to a whole term or year.
Preparation for Preschool Music Activities
Susie or Phil arrive approximately 10 minutes prior to the lesson each week.
Ideally, please clear one fairly large space for Susie or Phil to work with all the groups to enable movement and dancing to occur free of distractions. They will need one large table, as well as easy access to a CD player. If there is a piano available that is reasonably in tune she would like to make use of it.
As this is a program that can be implemented during daily activities over the week and throughout the year at the Centre, it is most important that staff support the program and happily participate
in each weekly lesson. As well as giving children a wealth of musical experiences, the program aims to equip staff with techniques to use to teach the material to their children and therefore it is vital that staff partake actively in all the sessions.
Please talk to your staff about these points. In the future you may consider a Professional Development Workshop with the staff at your centre as a follow up to the program.
Children have a natural love for singing, chanting rhymes, moving and dancing, clapping and tapping etc. Even a young baby will instinctively respond to a soothing lullaby or a favourite musical toy. The child’s early fascination and love for music and movement can be channelled into a life-long enthusiasm through an involvement in an enjoyable and active music program!
Why begin with young children?
Children begin to learn at a very young age. The foundations for a successful lifetime are built during these young formative years, and therefore the earlier children can be involved in music activities, the better. By beginning music education at a young age the child has more chance of being meaningfully involved with music in later life as a listener, performer and a creator.
The facts about music education
If we hear, feel, think and do - we will remember and understand.
Musical Aims of the Program
Musical activities promote:
Phil, we really enjoyed your music program this year and I know that I received a great deal of positive feedback from the parents as their children would ask every morning; “Is it Thursday today? Is it a Phil day?” I think it is a sad thing these days that we haven’t more men in the industry as men bring a different dynamic to the program.
We woman can be very sensible and expect law and order yet men are so much more relaxed and just want more fun! So although I sometimes worried about the children getting out of control and unruly as you had jokes with them and made them laugh you were able to stop it when you thought they had had enough and bring them back in control. And the children just loved laughing and being just a little bit silly!
I know that you were with us for such a short amount of time when we look at it in perspective and there are so many possibilities to include in the program, however I felt that you presented some of the most appropriate and gave enough repetition that the children were familiar with the music and songs and what was expected of them. I know that preparation beforehand also helps a great deal. They truly love Funkey Monkey and singing to him at the beginning of the sessions. Fuzzy is a personal favourite of mine and the anticipation of him popping out of his box is exciting.
Dianne Goodall,Director Surrey Hills Pre-School, Melbourne
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