Preschool & Daycare Directors

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Funderful World of Music presents:

“Funder-Music”
So MUCH more than just singing some kids’ songs and playing a few rhythm instruments;
This is bona fide Music Education!

Funderful World of Music’s guiding philosophy is that every human being is musical.  The overall goal of our program is to “hook” children on music.  Since this is probably their first experience with music education, the program is designed to make them “fall in love” with music and to realize that music is not just for a gifted few, but for every human being.  It encourages them to express themselves musically without reservation or trepidation, and experience the sheer joy of “releasing” the musical self that exists naturally in every person.

Past research has proven that music education, introduced to children from the beginning, enhances such neurological development as the areas of the brain involved in language and spatial-logical reasoning.  As technology advances, and further research continues, it will become more obvious that giving the preschool child music education is unquestionably giving them an advantaged start in life.

All of our teachers are highly trained and certified early childhood music education specialists.
You can rest assured that your students are in the hands of loving and caring professionals who are committed to providing the highest quality experience possible.

There are Two Ways the program can be implemented….

First Option:
General Music Curriculum for your Center
(infants to pre-K is available, but can be customized to fit your needs)

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS: A certified early childhood music education specialist goes to the center once a week to conduct a 30-minute lesson.  The classroom teacher reinforces the skills introduced in that class in a daily “music class” with the use of special instructional cd’s and books.

ELEMENTS IN THE PROGRAM:

babies play drum.jpgINFANTS AND TODDLER’S CURRICULUM — This curriculum focuses on stimulating the developing systems (neurological, kinesthetic, etc.) using music and movement as our tools.  Infant Sign Language is incorporated to assist in language development.  There are also basic elements of music (steady beat, pitch, rhythm reading) woven into the learning curve.

Teacher_children.pngVOICE TRAINING — There are many vocal “games” that are played with the sole intent of helping a child discover the many different sounds the human voice can make, (e.g., whisper, shout, swoop, howl).  Attention is given to finding the “chest voice” and the “head voice” by such activities as zipping up their copy-cat suits and making the accompanying low to high sounds.  Breathing exercises are also employed for the purpose of strengthening the diaphragm (e.g., “catch a bubble in your mouth and hold it”, “blow out all of the birthday candles with one slow breath”).  Correct singing posture is emphasized (“sit up tall and straight and put your hands gently in your lap”).

SOLFEGE SINGING — Solfege (sol-fezh) is the recognized international music language.  Children all over the world learn to make music with the use of this special system.  Research has shown that children who are exposed to music using solfege (rather than the alphabetical approach to reading music) are much more successful at matching pitch, reading music notes, and playing instruments.

EXPRESSIVE SINGING — Certain songs are placed in the program to expose students to differing styles of music, different modes (key tonalities), different musical moods, and to encourage them to sing expressively.

marching.JPGRHYTHMIC MOVEMENT—Moving to a steady pulse or beat (marching, rocking from side to side, swaying, swinging, jumping) is referred to as “rhythmic movement”.  This helps to internalize a sense of rhythm.  Gross loco motor skills are practiced to encourage balance and coordination.

IMAGINATIVE MOVEMENT — Pretending to “drive a car” or “ride a horse” are examples of movement that calls for the child’s imagination to “create” a minds-eye visual in which they can place themselves.

FOLK DANCE — Group dances are included to teach the social skills of working together as a team, personal coordination, team coordination, and as a concrete example of “sequences and patterns”.  Some of the dances are relatively simple, and some are more complex.  But each dance provides a predictable series of repeating and/or alternating movements.

clapping-rhythmsRHYTHM READING — The students are introduced to quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes, and eighth notes, one at a time.  Then those notes are combined into patterns which the children learn to read and clap.  (All flash card activities are formatted as games so the children learn music fundamentals as a by-product of the fun.)

do-re-mi-fa-sol.jpgMUSIC NOTE READING — Note reading is linked closely to solfege singing and finger patterning.  Repertoire pieces are learned first with the words, then with solfege, and then “played” on “hand pianos” or “floor pianos”.  The musical notes are then read and sung as a reinforcement of everything else they have done with that song.

closeup finger id.JPGFINGER PATTERNING — Children learn to “Play” simple songs on imaginary pianos.  (Many times they can actually play these songs on pianos/keyboards if they have access to one.)  This activity strengthens small motor skills, which helps them with such tasks as writing, coloring, and cutting with scissors, etc.

DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SKILLS — Emphasis is placed on learning how to listen, follow directions, respect peer boundaries, share, take turns, and work together as a team.

Second Option:

Lakeview Kids at KeybordsELECTIVE KEYBOARD PROGRAM — This program has all the elements of the general program PLUS the children actually learn to play songs on small keyboards. This program can be offered like any of the other enrichment activities you make available to your clientele.  Classes have no more than 10 students at a time, and can be worked around your center’s schedules.

We offer free demo classes!  You can see for yourself how your students will respond with delight to the Magic of Funder-Music!

Contact us for more details:
funderfulmusic@aol.com
770-287-7509