Goal #1: DEVELOP AURAL AND VOCAL SKILLS, MUSICAL
UNDERSTANDING & MUSICAL LITERACY
- Find and develop singing voice.
- Learn to match pitch and sing in tune.
- Build repertoire of quality songs and musical activities.
- Learn to feel the underlying beat in music.
- Perceive melodic and rhythmic patterns, the building blocks
of music, in a developmentally appropriate sequence:
- Hear & imitate tonal/rhythm patterns on neutral
syllable (“bahm” or “bah”)
- Attach meaningful labels to the tonal/rhythm patterns
- Play patterns on an instrument
- Recognize aurally familiar patterns from a known song
- Write and “read” graphical notation patterns
- Connect aurally familiar patterns to visually familiar
graphical notation cards
- Develop aural discrimination—listen to and try to imitate
instrument sounds, nature sounds.
- Introduce to a variety of musical concepts, such as
major/minor, duple/triple, tempo, dynamics, etc. Preparation for, and,
at appropriate time, introduction of traditional symbols for these
- Experience musical concepts through the whole body. For
example, if the child can walk a beat, clap a rhythm, then it will be
much easier to eventually perform the same concept on a musical
- Develop and broaden musical taste through exposure to
classical composed pieces, songs, etc. and high-quality recordings.
- Introduce families of instruments through recordings, live
performance, and visual identification.
- Strengthen focus and “wholeness” in the child’s life by
connecting music with nature, stories, poems, movement, folk dance,
- Develop ability to play simple instruments, from steady
beat to simple patterns and melodies, to an ensemble with several