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Age Appropriate Methods
Sound Beginnings is our introductory class for our youngest students. These music classes for babies and toddlers in West Jordan teach through movement, ear training, instrument play, games, nursery rhymes, singing, and stories to prepare budding musicians for future Let’s Play Music programs and kindergarten.
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What Parents Are Saying about Sound Beginnings!
Sound Beginnings has exceeded my expectations. It packs so much into each half hour class with an understanding of what it takes to keep preschoolers engaged and interested in musical activities. I am convinced that Sound Beginnings and Let’s Play Music will lead my two young children to musical success.
I love the Sound Beginnings class for toddlers because it provides a fun, structured environment for my children to discover and learn music. The lessons are active and playful and involve singing, movement/dancing, musical stories, listening, puppet play, and much more. We have so much fun at the lessons, but best of all, we can continue having fun making music at home because we attend together.
Our introductory music classes for babies and toddlers in West Jordan are designed with the youngest musicians in mind. Children ages 0 through 4 attend the classes with a parent or caregiver. Students are introduced to critical music skills through games and songs. The program is divided into six, four-month semesters. Each semester brings a new concept and lessons that incorporate stories, singing, games, activities, and movement. They also all feature a unique percussion instrument, incorporate Foundational Elements as a learning tool, and address three preschool lessons.
Taught Through Music
Why Sound Beginnings?
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At the heart of our Sound Beginnings program is the fact that children learn better in environments where they feel loved and nurtured. So, we ensure parents have the tools needed to playfully connect with their kids. Playtime in class and at home is encouraged so families can build a learning framework, allowing their children to thrive.
The Let's Play Music curriculum is centered in the teachings of the music masters Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze. These men were revolutionist who changed the attitudes of teaching music to children. Their philosophies are at the heart of our curriculum and you will see their methodologies in each detailed lesson plan.
In the Kodály Method children are first introduced to musical concepts through playful, natural experience. He emphasized the use of the folk song in all early music education, stating that they are the ‘mother tongue’ for teaching music. Melodic patterning, the repetition of certain notes in a row, trains both the ear and the eye to read the patterns on the staff. Adding solfeg handsigns and syllables further enhanced the learning experience. He used both folk music and songs that are based on the pentatonic scale to help teach the art of singing in tune.
The Dalcroze method, taught in his Eurhythmics schools, is another approach music educators use to foster music appreciation, ear-training and improvisation while improving musical skills. In this method, the body is the main instrument. Students learn rhythm and structure by listening to music and expressing what they hear through spontaneous bodily movement. (I.e. walking to quarter notes, skipping to dotted notes.)
In the Carl Orff approach, children are taught concepts through improvisation, composition and a natural sense of play. He taught using folk music and music composed by the children themselves. All musical concepts were taught through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. He believed the order of instruments should be: 1. Body Percussion 2. Voice 3. Simple Percussion Instruments 4. Barred Instruments
(For example, our tone bell set is an Orff instrument!)
Let's Play Music was founded in great educational philosophies
Learning From the Masters
There are two separate costs for the Sound Beginnings program.
At the time of enrollment, a student materials fee is paid to Let's Play Music.
All Sound Beginnings tuition fees are paid directly to your local West Jordan, UT, instructor. The monthly installments are roughly the same as you would spend for introductory piano lessons. Email your local instructor for more details. Tuition fees include classes, classroom instruments, teaching tools, and parent training and communication.
In class we read stories, practice our ABCs and letter sounds. we also are going to learn about weather, seasons, and words that rhyme!
We use our bodies as instruments to feel and perform a steady beat. Steady beat is crucial to developing rhythm skills and supports math skills.
We are surrounded by correct signing on the semester CDs and in class. Students are encouraged to participate in appealing vocal play, make high and low sounds and use the minor third to learn to match pitch and sing in tune.
Fingerplay to nursery rhymes helps students focus on and enjoy fine motor movements. We also practice making the ABCs in sign language. Younger students enjoy the observation and will attempt the skills which is great practice too!
Full body movement builds muscle strength, hand/eye coordination and develops balance. Gross motor also connects the two hemispheres of the brain, promoting improved cognition.
We expose students to the finest music literature. Our "Smart Moves" dances involve the whole body in an enjoyable classical music experience. Each semester, we study the specific timber of different instruments and group them by family.
This class is for children and their "grown up" to enjoy together. We will focus on building and strengthing these relationships in class. We provide partner activities with intentional eye contact, trust elements, and physical touch to nurture the highly significant relationship.
Sound beginnings includes research-based elements that stimulate growth in the areas particularly crucial to the development of the young child. These elements make up the foundation of the Sound Beginnings curriculum.
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Our flagship curriculum.
During our flagship program, children ages 4-6 learn about foundational music and piano.
Through age-appropriate lessons, learning potential is maximized to help students achieve their musical potential. We focus on piano, chord theory, ear training, classical music, solfege, and note reading.