Musicaliti Primary Infants is for children from 4-7 years old. We use songs, games and crafts to appeal to their enquiring nature!
For example, their growing confidence in starting “big” school means that they respond to opportunities to take responsibility. They love linking new information with what they already know, and enjoy working as a team!
Children in early primary school (Key Stage 1) enjoy engaging with others by singing songs and using instrument play. They are able to follow ideas in topical lessons, relying on routine in order to understand adult expectation in order to rise up to challenges. They are very aware of the “baby” songs of nursery, so this is a great opportunity to explore new, “big child” repertoire. Opportunities to move during the day are gradually reducing, so movement games and challenges are a welcome break from silent listening. Independence becomes more important, and children begin to experiment with language and behaviour that is not always appropriate. In addition, tattling for minor misdemeanours can be cause for frustration and upset. In both cases, clear explanation addressed to all children helps to clarify what is acceptable and what it not, and providing choices for children eliminates any potential fight/flight reflex. For example, asking children to suggest more appropriate words also helps with problem-solving, while asking them to identify how they expect the tattled child to respond helps them to better understand themselves.
Instruments used in primary infant sessions are more advanced because of the distinction between baby and big child songs.
- Ukuleles are the number one favourite instrument because they are easy to carry, relatively easy to learn to hold and play, and look like guitars!
- Glockenspiels are the next favourites because they include beating, and have the potential to be very (very!) loud.
- Character instruments (jingle bugs, shaker fish etc) are interesting but may be seen as babyish.
- Multi-instrument boxes (triangles, tambourines, cabasas, guiros, monkey drums, wood blocks) are a lot of fun to explore, involving demonstrating and playing instruments correctly.
- Sandblocks, jingle bells, sticks and egg shakers are very clearly baby instruments that bring back fond memories but are also too limiting. Click here to link to our instrument shop!
Musicaliti Primary Infants (4-7y) is the perfect introduction to instrumental lessons, for example, Musicaliti Primary Guitar (6-11). The wide opportunity to develop general musicianship skills in a fun environment is built on through the specific skill of expressing music theory on instruments:
- Stepping forward and backward in a circle turns into playing patterned sequences forward and backward, practicing future techniques they will need to know
- Playing partner games turns into playing canons and rounds
- Completing the song by singing the last two lines turns into performing the whole song from start to finish
- Tapping and beating instruments with more attention to detail turns into learning to play specific dynamics like loud/quiet (forte/piano), long/short (legato/staccato) etc.
- Understanding funny/clever lyrics turns into making up their own songs
- Walking in a line and creating bridges turns into playing variations in songs involving scales
- Recognising notation in movement turns into achieving notation on instruments
- Recognising the sound of intervals turns into recognising wrong notes by sound as well as sight
- Matching pitches on body parts turns into internally hearing melodies based on sight
- Moving in different rhythms turns into understanding fractions of time
- Children reproducing 16-35 full songs turns into reproducing unlimited songs
- Music sessions of 30 minutes turns into 45-60 minutes at a time
This experience actively works towards preparing for grade 1 music exams!
Try one of our sessions to see the difference!
Said at a baby session for 0-2 year olds
“This is the only session where he will stop and join in”
“This is the first time she crawled”
“This is where he started singing”
“He’s started holding his ukulele just like you hold your guitar”
“She’s memorised the words to that new song, here’s the video”
“The huge variety of instruments is the biggest reason that we love having you”
“She’s suddenly stopping herself and giving other children a turn”
“He got the whole family to sit in a circle and pass the instruments in turn”
“She’s always talking about you, so mum wanted to get you a Christmas gift”
“Could you recommend a ukulele book? I had to get her one for her birthday”
“After attending your nursery music and then afterschool music club, he is in year 6, doing grade 6 music exams”
“Could you please consider teaching private guitar to my 6 year old and ukulele to my 4 year old – this is such an accessible way into music”
“She was so anxious and frustrated, and that all seems to have been channelled into practise”
“He’s changed to a private school and they are so impressed with his maths ability – I credit your music teaching”
“Could you also teach my secondary school child? You must be so good, I (dad) may have to book a few lessons with you”
“He was so uncertain about doing anything in public, and this session has given him so much confidence that he wants to perform for his school”
“Please can you hold another session, he would like them every month – or fortnightly”
“She’s going to enter Britain’s Got Talent, she won’t put her guitar down”
“Aah, brilliant, this is the best bit, you brought the ukuleles!”
“That was so cool, the way we played it all together at the same time”
“Can he start guitar lessons with you? He loved trying out the electric guitar”
“I felt awful before we got here but now that we’ve sung, I feel so much better, you just forget your problems”
“Choir has really improved my confidence, there was this job going and I decided to go to the interview – and I got it”
“It’s so good to forget about your day and just sing”
“After your music training, one of the students taught herself ukulele and planned her demonstration lesson around it”
“The students got a great feel for not only holding the session, but what it would feel like as a child in a session”
“We would love you to teach with us more often, could you apply for a job here?”
“It was really good singing all those old songs – are you coming again?”
Said at a baby session for 0-2 year olds