Music at the Piano Year 1 (6-8 Year Olds)
Age: 6-7 years of age
Class Length: 1 hour, once a week LIVE on Zoom
Duration: 13 weeks (Saturdays, September 12-December 12, no Zoom Class Thanksgiving Weekend)
Materials: This course will continue to use the Children’s Music Book, CDs/Digital Downloads of Course Music, and Parent Guide purchased in the summer. You will also receive access to the South Florida Music Piano 1 Digital Resource Page.
Note: The Music at the Piano curriculum is sequential, must be taken in order, and is designed to begin in the summer semester. Therefore, this class is NOT an introductory class, but rather a continuation of the summer curriculum. If you were not enrolled in our summer introductory class, please contact our office or visit our Introduction to Piano page.
Families must purchase an approved keyboard for class use and home practice.
Description: Music at the Piano is a unique method for young beginners in a group setting. This aural approach serves as the foundation for musical literacy as it provide a natural pathway to reading. This curriculum capitalizes on the children’s love of group music making to further develop their piano skills, as well as singing, composing, improvisation, transposition, and reading music. The parent/caregiver works alongside his or her child both on Zoom and in the home environment. New songs and material will be presented weekly, so regular attendance is essential. Children are required to successfully complete each level of Music at the Piano in order to advance.
Proper technique and music literacy remain at the forefront as children continue to develop their musicianship. South Florida Music strives to provide a variety of both individual and group performance opportunities each year, including local recitals/concerts and National Guild exams. Please note that availability of all performance opportunities is based on local health and safety requirements.
Musical Goals: Play a melodic instrument (piano); Further ensemble skills; Read, write and sing advanced musical notation; Demonstrate a steady beat through the playing of melodies and harmonies individually and in an ensemble; Develop concepts of form, dynamics, tempi, articulation and timbre; Develop the ability to memorize mastered songs and perform them individually and/or in a group performance; Demonstrate the ability to transpose melodies learned to other musical positions; Further develop home practice skills
Developmental Goals: Increase bilateral gross and fine motor skills; Advance cognitive and language development; Demonstrate symbolic thinking; Set and accomplish goals through practice; Strengthen body awareness and self-regulation; Build on social, emotional, and self-help skills