Welcome to the ‘Honey Child Music Academy’
- Music promotes learning!
- Music, at a very young age, dramatically impacts a child’s language development.
- Movement activities and timing games develop motor skills, coordination, body awareness, and spatial concepts.
- Listening, comparing, and responding to various types of music develops thinking skills, while the songs, rhymes, and finger plays strengthen memory.
- Repeating patterns and counting beats develop math and literacy skills.
- Participating in group dances and musical games encourages social skills.
Children learn a variety of songs: animal songs, seasonal songs, singing games, children’s folk songs, songs for holidays, et cetera. The children become aware of different vocal qualities in the lessons such as high-low, head and chest voice, and singing, talking, and whisper voice.
Many opportunities for solo singing are presented in the lessons. This may be as simple as a singing game where a child responds with a two-note, one-word response. This gives the child an opportunity to hear his or her own voice and the teacher a chance to evaluate and assist.
Pitch-matching for singing in tune is an important goal of all Honey Child Music programs. Children are encouraged to make up their own verses to songs and to make up their own melodies.
Children practice matching an external beat using a single motion per beat. We often practice playing the beat on drums. Rhythm to words is not played on the instruments until the student has mastered the steady beat.
Students orchestrate songs, rhymes, poetry, and stories using various percussion instruments. The children learn the names and categories of these instruments (woods: tone blocks and rhythm sticks; metals: triangles and finger cymbals; skins: hand drums and tambourines; and shakers: maracas, jingle bells and shaker eggs).
The instruments are used to reinforce the music concepts taught, such as fast and slow, high and low, long and short. They are also used to teach timing and musicianship. Free exploration and creativity is offered.
Creative movement is used with a poem, rhyme, or story. Imagery is used to create situations where the children move “like” something or as if they “were” something, such as a cat, tree, etc. Some beginner folk dances are taught as well as activities to move together to a common beat.
Experience trains the ear to be more sensitive and hear with a high level of discrimination, making music more enjoyable. A variety of styles and composers are introduced. Classical music is taught through “active” listening, which includes movement, props (scarves, puppets, stretchy bands and parachutes) and instruments.
Dance and Movement
Creative movement, folk dance, timing and coordination games are also used to teach rhythm, form, melody, harmony and expressive qualities. Folk dance also introduces music from other cultures.
A music room, all purpose room or open space is required for the instruments and movement.
The curriculum of the elementary Honey Child Music program can also be coordinated with classroom projects and subject areas. For example, a science unit about the ocean can be enhanced by songs and activities from CD, “Send Them Up” featuring the well loved song “Daisy Dolphin”. A unit about the farm correlates with our rendition of “Old MacDonald”, “The Rooster song” or “Macaroni Pony”. Our creative and enthusiastic teachers have a wealth of ideas to complement literature and social studies as well.