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Sequential classes for music and movement add exciting new skill layers to your child's musical foundation! Building ensembles and reading-writing musical notation are at the heart of these endearing classes. Students will identify the special qualities of home, visit the woodlands and take a bonus trip to the cattail marsh while learning exciting, new musical concepts. 
Over 150 activities introduce your child to the fundamentals of singing, rhythm, composition, creative movement, music notation, dynamic markings, and more! 
Each class is designed to be repeated four times or more in order for your child to grasp the musical concepts we explore. You may repeat each class before moving on to the next class, or you may progress through the entire series in order again and again.
Prerequisite for Students Age 4-5: Family Music for Preschoolers
Students ages 6-7 may begin this class series without the prerequisite. 
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Introduction

Family Music for Ages 4-7 Introduction

Learn how to take your child through this captivating class series for ages 4-7. You’ll find out about the unique elements that will enable your child’s musicality to soar. Your child will love the sequential flow of new musical concepts from building ensembles to notating music to creating unique compositions.

Family Music for Ages 4-7

Family Music for Ages 4-7
1: Home Sweet Home

What do you love most about being at home? Do you have any pets? Explore the joys of your home place as you step into an imaginary neighborhood of colorful houses, lush green gardens, and tall climbing trees. Listen to the special voices of those you might meet in your neighborhood. Begin your journey toward reading music notation by creating your own graphic notation composition.

Family Music for Ages 4-7
2: Make Yourself at Home

Did you know it’s possible to draw the sounds you hear? Listen closely to the long and short sounds we will draw in this delightful class. Settle in. Put on your story-time ears to hear what will happen when the birds gather all around the fountain outside your neighbor’s home. Get ready to meet new instruments and create an exciting drumming ensemble.

Family Music for Ages 4-7
3. Tree Homes

Have you ever seen a squirrel building his dray in a tree? Can you imagine being a squirrel or a bird building a nest on a tree limb? Grab your rhythm instruments and climb up to the top of an apple tree. Meet three famous brass instruments. Swirl and curl up like a snail. Have you ever drawn the shape of your movement? Join us to draw the trail of the snail shell!

Family Music for Ages 4-7
4. Rain or Shine, All the Time!

The woodlands are full of adventure! Music is everywhere. You’ll find animals at play all day and night. Who will you meet during the day? Who stays awake at night? Watch out for the rain, wind and thunder! Imagine taking shelter in your tree home! Can you draw the sounds you hear around you? Join us as we begin drawing real music notation!

Family Music for Ages 4-7
5. Singing or Squawking?

Spread your wings, sing your sweetest song and fly above the horizon in this charming music class. Listen to the voices of birds living in the woodlands. Which voices do you like? Meet members of the percussion family. Continue down the path toward music literacy as we explore dynamic markings for sound velocity. Perform these sounds on your own instrument. You are the artist!

Family Music for Ages 4-7
6: Sunny-Swirly Skies!

Sing your way through the forest with the Wind and the Sun. Which is stronger? Get ready to act out the story you hear with recorded movement and scarves. Take the next step into the world of dynamic markings. Practice on your own instrument. Dance with hand motions. Move with Beethoven’s musical pathways. Draw your own movement pathway. Listen for the lovely sound of the pentascale, do-re-mi-fa-sol! Play a delightful singing game & rhythm ensemble.

Family Music for Ages 4-7
7: Gliding & Chasing

Row your boat through the marshy waters. Walk through the tall, green grass full of cattails. Go on a high speed chase with the weasel and the muskrat --- around, down, up and splash! Listen for the triple patterns in the poetry you hear. Begin building a new ensemble with these exciting triple rhythm patterns. Meet famous woodwind instruments. Hear how they sound in an instrumental ensemble by Mozart!

Family Music for Ages 4-7
8. Heron Watching & Bog Hopping

Grab a hoop or a blanket. Hop into the water! What would you eat for breakfast if you lived in the Marsh? Learn how to draw the triple rhythm patterns you hear in our ensemble music. Make your very own triple composition. Add your voice to the ensemble! Watch out, it’s tricky! Sing the notes in a minor chord tone progression with your own solo echo!

Family Music for Ages 4-7
9: Muddy Homes & Murky Water

Imagine tramping through mud to get to your home by the water! Would you choose a different home? Listen closely as you hear the sneaky choices Turtle, Squirrel and Raccoon make for their homes. Cross the mid-line with coordinated rhythmic movement. Learn the elements of binary form in a composition. Dance and play singing games in this engaging class for heightened musical development.

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