Harmony Road series – this curriculum consists of four books – each used for an 18 week semester 55 minutes weekly. The materials are specifically designed for preschoolers (ages 5 to 6) and their parent/caregiver in a group setting. The class environment provides a dynamic space where children, teacher, and parents enjoy learning and making music together. This opportunity to share music is especially important – not only musically but also for the child’s social and emotional development.
Activities are designed to develop the whole child musically with singing (words and solfege), movement, rhythmic activities, keyboard/piano solo, and ensemble playing, note reading and games, and creative projects.
We all speak our language before we read and write. In much the same way the young child needs to process musical patterning and concepts through active participation. Experiential learning along with multi-sensory teaching techniques help the child learn naturally and develop a strong “inner hearing” for melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic patterning. Research has shown that the “window of opportunity” to absorb musical concepts and develop “inner hearing” is between the ages of two to six. By age five most children have developed a sense of the musical harmonies and styles within their own culture.
All of these musicianship skills are developed through highly motivating and fun songs and activities.