Our original Hands On! curriculum is fundamental to our classes. It incorporates story, movement, instruments and song in a way that engages children to learn while at the same time having fun. Each session our music curriculum has a theme that is then tailored to each age group.
Peter and the Wolf
Fall Session, September 6th – December 2nd
This Fall Hands On! A Musical Experience will be presenting Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.
Join us as we journey with Peter in the forest clearing as he tries to outsmart the wolf. Our specially formatted curriculum combines story and song. Each week, children will be introduced to a character from the story through its musical representation. A particular instrument and musical theme is associated with each character. The violin signifies Peter, the bassoon denotes his grandfather, and the kettle drums represent the hunters. The animals too have instruments associated with them. For example, the oboe characterizes the duck, and the French horn the wolf. The teacher, accompanied by a pianist, plays each instrument of the orchestra while children are actively engaged, listening and imaging. Children are encouraged to touch, feel and listen to the instruments and even play small-scaled ones themselves. Children begin to recognize the different sounds for each character, developing their auditory discrimination.
In addition to this musical theme, Hands On! presents its core curriculum, which teaches musical concepts by using a children’s repertoire of lullabies, folk songs and nursery rhymes. This original curriculum illustrates Hands On!’s mission of integrating theme with educational components in a way that initiates other learning such as the acquisition of language, listening and math skills, social understanding and personal discovery. A great introduction into the world of music, join us this session for our age-appropriate music classes.
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