Young Child

Age range: kindergarten through 2nd grade
Class structure: One unit per semester
Class size: Class with no more than 12 children
Class length: 60 minutes for 15 weeks (Parent or caregiver attends the last 10 minutes of class.)

Kindermusik Young Child dancingUsing a small-group approach to music education, Kindermusik for the Young Child provides a pressure-free class where your child can develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers.

The program is designed to prepare the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to attend the last 10-15 minutes of class.

What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class

  • Singing and vocal development — It may sound like a foreign language when a child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the language of professional musicians and composers and getting young children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
  • Movement — See children dance expressively to music, giving them the practice they need to coordinate their body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well.
  • Reading and writing — Young children will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually even composing music of their own.
  • Focused listening — Children will learn to identify a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.
  • Exploring and playing musical instruments — Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose children to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction.

Enrollment includes:

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children kindergarten through 2nd grade; caregivers attend the last 5 minutes
  • Weekly 60- to 75-minute class
  • Set of Home Materials—Children’s folder with stickers and Music At Home cards, Family Songbook, instrument (wind, string, or pre-keyboard instrument depending on the semester), CD of music from class, canvas bag (during first semester) and games bag

Theme and home materials for Fall 2017

Semester One — Children 5 & 6 years old LOVE TO SING AND DANCE and the experts inform us that although your young child is rarely ready for the physical demands & commitment of formal musical training, he/she is ready to learn sophisticated musical concepts involved in instrument instruction. The single best choice for your child at this age is Kindermusik vs. Private Instruction. Through the 2-year program of Kindermusik for the Young Child, your child will learn authentic wind, string and pre-keyboard instruments. Upon graduation from Kindermusik, they will then be able to beautifully transition into private instruction on the instrument which he/she shows the greatest joy and aptitude. Piano, Violin and Voice instructors repeatedly tell us how “unbelievable” their Kindermusik students are in comparison to children who missed the Kindermusik opportunity. Your child will begin their musical journey learning pre-keyboarding techniques on the glockenspiel as well as ensemble development and vocal development. Because Young Child is concept-specific, children gain an understanding of rhythm, notation, musical symbols, music vocabulary, and composition, as well as music history and styles. Kindermusik for the Young Child is the place for just such magic! KINDERMUSIK is designed with total child development in mind: cognitive, physical, social, emotional, language and musical development. And since MOVEMENT is the key to learning for your child, MOVEMENT games and dances fill each class, leading to more sophisticated musical, academic and social skills.

Home Materials:

  • Home CD
  • German Glockenspiel
  • Children’s Activity Folder
  • Parent’s Weekly Home Activity Cards
  • Parent’s Weekly Activity Pages
  • Manipulatives and Stickers
  • Games Bag with Rhythm Sticks
  • Family Song & Coloring Book
  • Weekly Newsletter: Activities and Educational Info
  • Full Lyric Activity Packet Download: play.kindermusik.com
  • Child’s Canvas Carry Bag (New students only)

Semester Three — This 3rd semester of Young Child is exciting! We will be building on the concepts introduced in Semester 2: rhythmic accuracy, musical terminology, pitch notation, auditory discrimination, solo-singing, ensemble playing, and discovering and strengthening the “head” singing voice. We will also write, move to and sing music in 3/4 and 4/4 meter. Your child will add 5 new rhythm symbols this semester to the 3 they currently know and they will learn 2 more notes: b1, d1, making it “7.” Now that your child knows and can identify instruments from each family of the orchestra, they will be introduced to their first stringed instrument: the dulcimer! This pre-violin instrument will prepare your child for later violin instruction, and what better way than through the study of Appalachian Mountain music! Aural, reading and writing skills will increase as your child further develops his/her glockenspiel aptitude while becoming proficient in music notation. This semester brings you one-step closer to having your child perfectly prepared for success in private piano, violin or guitar instruction.

Home Materials:

  • Home CD
  • Dulcimer & Carry Bag
  • Children’s Activity Folder
  • Parent’s Weekly Home Activity Cards
  • Parent’s Weekly Activity Pages
  • Manipulatives and Stickers
  • Games Bag with Rhythm Sticks
  • Family Song & Coloring Book
  • Weekly Newsletter: Activities and Educational Info
  • Full Lyric Activity Packet Download: play.kindermusik.com
  • Child’s Canvas Carry Bag (New students only)

Theme and home materials for spring 2018

Semester Two — We will be building on the concepts introduced in Semester 1, some of which were basic rhythms, pitch notation, auditory discrimination, solo singing, ensemble playing, and discovering and strengthening the “head” singing voice. This semester, your child will focus on concepts such as piano/forte, crescendo/decrescendo, and legato/staccato. Not only will your child be able to recognize these concepts as in the Imagine That curriculum, but will be making decisions as to when to use these symbols and how to write these symbols in music. The String Family and Woodwind Family are the final two instrumental families of the orchestra that your child will learn about and become familiar with this semester. By the end of Semester 2 your child will have the knowledge and skills to be able to recognize and label all of the primary instruments of the orchestra. We will cap off the semester with a listen and label game to the movie Peter and the Wolf. Aural, reading and writing skills will be increased and used as your child further develops his/her glockenspiel aptitude. Meanwhile your child will increase their knowledge of notation and writing skills. This semester is your child’s first big step toward preparing him/her for private instruction.

Home Materials:

  • Home CD
  • Games Bag with Rhythm Sticks
  • Children’s Activity Folder
  • Parent’s Weekly Home Activity Cards
  • Parent’s Weekly Activity Pages
  • Manipulatives and Stickers
  • Games Bag with Rhythm Sticks
  • Family Song & Coloring Book
  • Child’s Canvas Carry Bag (New students only)


Semester Four — Our Capstone of the Kindermusik Journey! Graduation is only one semester away! We will be building on the concepts introduced in Semester 3, some of which were rhythmic accuracy, musical terminology, pitch notation, auditory discrimination, solo-singing, ensemble playing, and discovering and strengthening the “head” singing voice and Meter Signature play. Additionally, your child will learn the entire C-Major Scale, Accidentals (sharps & flats) and the G-Clef. We will experience music of several cultures: Pacific Islands, Central Europe, Africa, and South America. We will also be experiencing Bach and digging into the joy of playing the Piano. By the end of this semester, your child will be ready to transition beautifully into private, traditional, studio instruction with much greater ease, skills, and joy than other children who did not have the Kindermusik preparations. Our Woodwind experience is here! Your child will learn to play the Recorder, an instrument that will allow them to enjoy the woodwind family until they are older and his/her arms are long enough to tackle the flute, clarinet, saxophone, or oboe. One of our goals will be to help you identify your child’s next step into private music instruction: Violin, Piano, or Voice. We will be bringing the dulcimer, recorder, piano, and glockenspiel together and watching where your child’s eyes “sparkle!”

Home Materials:

  • Home CD
  • Recorder and Carry Pouch
  • Children’s Activity Folder
  • Parent’s Weekly Home Activity Cards
  • Parent’s Weekly Activity Pages
  • Manipulatives and Stickers
  • Games Bag with Rhythm Sticks
  • Family Song & Coloring Book
  • Child’s Canvas Carry Bag (New students only)