My head is full of all sorts of ideas for creating meaningful music experiences for kids. Children love music and are great students, because they still retain a tremendous curiosity and desire to know more about everything. If we can simply put music on a level that they can understand, it is amazing what they can learn.
I am working on a 4 week workshop series, consisting of an hour and a half workshop each week. Each workshop will be broken down into 3 half hour sessions consisting of (1) teaching and games, (2) activity time, (3) teaching, games and singing. The material will be targeted towards kids in K5-4th grade.
Mr. Noteman loves to teach the parts of a note, as well as introduce children to his friends, Whole Note, Half Note, Quarter Note, and Sixteenth Note (Mr. Noteman’s first name is, of course, Eighth).
By the end of the workshops, each of the children will have accomplished the following goals:
- Enjoy singing and making music
- Sing on pitch
- Identify the parts of a note
- Identify the 5 different notes (whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth)
- Know the musical alphabet, A-G, and know how it relates to the keyboard and staff
- Recognize the “G” clef, and know that it identifies the G line
- Able to read simple rhythms using half, quarter, & eighth notes
- Able to sight sing simple melodies that move by step or stay on the same pitch
- Perform a song from memory, with the children’s choir, demonstrating good singing technique
Mr. Noteman’s Music for Kids should be a real help to children and their families!
Here’s a tentative outline: Workshop 1 – Mr. Noteman Music for Kids
Check it out and let me know what you think!