Musicaliti Preschoolers is for children from 3-4 years old. We use songs and games to appeal to their adventurous nature!
For example, their hysterical sense of humour means we can make up and sing songs with funny or surprising endings! They become braver in trying new things, and love opposites, like fast-slow, high-low and loud-quiet!
Children in preschool find experiences meaningful and significant when they involve physical movement and imagination. They get more precise with their movements and more confident in their reactions, so they begin to explore the relationship between reality and fantasy. Although they demand that we recognise their fantasies as reality, research shows that other actions show that they are actually aware that there is a differences! This is a great age to create opportunities to develop empathy. Children are more open to exploring other views and feelings, but may become frustrated when they are still unable to express themselves the way that they want to. Group games that allow children to join or leave help children to learn to work together in groups. Children use physical experience to develop their personal knowledge, so it is easy to see how they copy, analyse, understand and try out new experiments. At this age, they love making up original songs and performances!
Instruments used in preschooler sessions are familiar because they are also used in baby and toddler sessions, which helps to develop their sense of independence and responsibility.
- Sandblocks are the number one favourite instrument because of the way they can be played and manipulated
- Jingle bells are the next favourite because they look similar – but they jingle!
- Sticks are the next most exciting although they are slightly limited
- Egg shakers are very clearly baby instruments that bring back fond memories but are also too limiting
- Character instruments (jingle bugs, shaker fish etc) are interesting but limit the way they can be played, so multi-instrument boxes (triangles, tambourines, cabasas, guiros, monkey drums, wood blocks) and pass-around instruments (large drums, xylophones, ukuleles) should involve demonstrating and playing instruments correctly, using techniques of opposites (loud/quiet, fast/slow, high/low) with/without passing on so that all can play. Click here to link to our instrument shop!
Musicaliti Preschool (3-4y) is the perfect introduction to Musicaliti Primary Infants (4-5y), where instruments, games and skills lead to beginning to read and write musical notation, all based on their development:
- Playing simple circle games turns into stepping forward and backward in a circle
- Memorising sequences turns into playing partner games
- When leaving out the last line of a song, singing the last line turns into completing the song by singing the last two phrases
- Tapping and beating smaller instruments turns into tapping and beating instruments requiring more finesse and control
- Acting as song/game characters turns into understanding funny/clever lyrics
- Following in a line and spiral turns into walking in a line and creating bridges
- Recognising quaver (eighth note) and crotchet (eighth note) beats turns into recognising dotted (skipping) rhythms
- Recognising and imitating songs with minor third and perfect fifth notes turns into recognising and imitating songs with major 6th and major 3rd notes
- Walking to the beat turns into matching pitches on body parts
- Hopping and jumping turns into skipping
- Children recognising and reproducing 12-28 full songs turns into reproducing 16-35 songs
- Music sessions with familiar people can continue for 20 minutes at a time, turning into 30 minutes at a time
This experience develops their musical interest towards instrumental music grades!