We love our Early Childhood programs! You will too! Read the details below, then feel free to find out more or even ask us to customize one for you.
Sound and Music
Our flagship Early Childhood program, Sound and Music delivers learning to specifically meet ODE Theme/Strand Connections: “Observations of objects and materials/properties of everyday objects and materials.”
Beginning with a rousing sing along, and the requisite cues for quiet listening, students are guided from the “final product” of music back through the instruments and voices used to create it. From there we explore what objects can make sound and the differences in those sounds. Simple terminology lays the foundation for future classification and understanding of objects and phenomena: loud/quiet, high/low pitch, short/long sounds etc. Sound sources include voices, bodies, classroom materials, and the special treat of new instruments such as guitars, drums and shakers. Sound and music are defined jointly, laying the foundation for understanding music in terms of its science.
Guitar Parts, People Parts
Young children love guitars as much as older folks do. Unlike adults, little ones are just learning about their own bodies and how they are put together. We use some fun similarities between guitars and people to get them better acquainted with both: neck, head, body, and more. We look, move, point, and otherwise draw attention to each as we use it. We bring different kinds of guitars and learn that, just like people, they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. We strum and sing along with some favorite songs and kids can even get to play a guitar themselves!
Simply Singing, Mostly Moving
So many EC books are based on songs, and EC teachers sing more than just about any others. We have cherry picked some of our favorites of these books and perform them interactively with the kids. Songdog teaching artists bring their full skill as performers to this tiny setting and provide an experience of the books that leaves a lasting impression. Teachers may even pick up some new ideas for their own story time activities!
Listening to Nature
Learning to use our senses to explore the world around us, we sing songs familiar to all children we explore pitch, rhythm and volume. Students play at varying each element and the often amusing results are discussed. How do these changes affect the meaning of a song’s story? Their newfound attentiveness to sound is then applied to the songs of birds, mammals, insects and amphibians. The songs of these animals help to tell their story: their natural history. Much singing and mimicking of animals!
A Voice is a Choice
Children use their voices daily….often constantly….this program gets them paying attention to that voice and choosing to change it in ways that create music. It’s not singing school, it’s more learning to pay attention to our voice and our behavior, while making up songs! We start with a song and give students several parameters which they can change at will, each child hears how his or her own voice affects the whole. Listening is an essential skill for music and we use that fact to emphasize turn taking, cooperation, self control.
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