Kindermusik For the Young Child | Webster University

Kindermusik® For the Young Child


Age: 5-7 years old, parent or caregiver attend the last 10 minutes

Kindermusik For the Young Child


Kindermusik For the Young Child studentFor your budding musician, Kindermusik for the Young Child provides an exciting, pressure-free class where your big kid can develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers. Through a variety of fun things for kids, engaging activities, Young Child students explore rhythm, notation, musical symbols and authentic pre-keyboard, string and woodwind instruments – as well as their own instrument, the voice. You'll be amazed as your child astonishes you with his new found ability to create musical compositions and you'll love the many ways our kids music classes prepare your young musician for a successful future in school and in music lessons.

Fall 2017 Classes:
Fall Semester 1
(open to new students) - Everything your child learns later in semesters 2, 3, and 4 begins with this early introduction to singing, reading, and writing music and rhythm. Through dances and games that focus on rhythmic development, we'll learn to play a pre-keyboard instrument—the glockenspiel—which will be used throughout all the Young Child classes.

Fall Semester 3 (continuing students only) - Appalachian music is a featured musical style this semester. First, you and your child will build a two-stringed dulcimer instrument with materials that we’ll provide. Then in class we’ll learn to play chords and simple melodies on the instrument you built together. We’ll also explore rhythm concepts through dance with an introduction to the basic steps in jazz, ballet, and tap dances. African-American and Native American music, as well as the Western Art music of the Nutcracker Suite round out the semester.

Spring 2018
Spring Semester 2 (open to new students ages 5-6 years) - Playing simple musical patterns and songs on the featured instrument from the first session—the glockenspiel—is a central focus this semester. While learning to sing a melody, and then play the pattern on the glockenspiel, we'll delve deeper into the understanding of musical concepts such as piano and forte through orchestra-style music such as the William Tell Overture and Peter and the Wolf. Music appreciation and understanding continues with a complete introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.

Spring Semester 4 (continuing students only) - In this final semester, we'll introduce the recorder instrument. As your child is introduced to basic methods of playing simple melodic patterns and songs on this wind instrument, we'll also incorporate the instruments, concepts, and songs from previous semesters. With a special emphasis on multicultural music, your child will learn to improvise and write music, as well as experience the musical styles of the Pacific Islands, Europe, and Africa; plus play special dances and children's games from around the world, including the Alpine region, Mexico, and Ecuador.

Your Home Materials provide the music, instruments, stickers, and activities for a home version of the same playful activities you'll hear about from class, so your child—and you!—can learn where you're most comfortable: at home.

Class structure: 1 class per week for 14 weeks

Class Length: 60 minutes/week

Fall 2017 Semester: August 26 - December 16, 2017 (starting and ending dates vary by location, please see the weekly calendar)

Fall 2017
Webster Groves
First United Methodist Church
  600 N. Bompart
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Tuesday  5:00-6:00p - Young Child 1 for Fall - new students 5-6 years welcome
Thursday 6:00-7:00p - Young Child 3 for Fall - continuing students only

Fall 2017 Tuition:
$238 per semester, plus kit fee & $10 per semester registration fee.

Material Kit Fees:

  • Young Child semester 3 kitYoung Child semester 1 kitFall semester 1 (new Young Child students): $80 includes Children's Folder with stickers, games bag, Music at Home Cards, Family
    Songbook, Home CD of music from class, glockenspiel, and carry bag.
  • Fall semester 1 sibling kit: $50 without carry bag or glockenspiel.
  • Fall semester 3 (continuing students only): $80 includes Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, and dulcimer.
  • Fall semester 3 sibling kit: $52 without dulcimer.

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