"To educate and entertain."

Curriculum

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.

 

Around the USA

Summer Session, June 10th – August 22nd

This summer we will meet New York City twins Annie and Andy as they spend their summer vacation traveling by RV around the USA with their grandparents. Our journey through the States will include taking a ride on the Tweetsie railroads, making a stop in Dollywood and traveling on steamboats along the Mississippi River. To accompany us on our trip each week, we will feature musical selections from famous American composers including Gershwin, Ellington, Foster and Sousa, which will be played on different instruments of the orchestra.

In addition, our special selection of children’s songs will help to develop important skills at every age. Younger children will explore fine and gross motor movements, contrasting sound recognition, and body parts and their names, while older children will begin to learn basic music notation, musical terms, and the names of different types of instruments and their corresponding sounds. A perfect way to learn about the USA and its musical history – come and travel with us for our summer trip!

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The Four Seasons

Fall Session, September 4th – November 27th

This fall we present our program The Four Seasons. Students will explore nature’s spectacular changes through different musical perspectives, specifically the classical baroque style of Antonio Vivaldi and the jazz and tango sounds of Astor Piazzolla.

Our unique age-appropriate curriculum will introduce children to classical orchestral instruments and their accompanying sounds, as well as provide exposure to various other musical genres through a rich repertoire of classical and popular music, folk songs, nursery rhymes and lullabies. “Antonia” will be our puppet guide through The Four Seasons as we will observe and take part in the changing rhythms and melodies of each season. Join us for this exciting musical journey through nature’s wonders!    

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The Carnival of the Animals

Spring Session, March 11th – June 8th

This spring Hands On! A Musical Experience presents The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Our specially formatted curriculum combines story and song. Each week children will be introduced to a new animal through its musical representation as expressed by Saint-Saëns. The introduction of the elephant is depicted by using the large double bass. The teacher, accompanied by a pianist, plays the elephant section while children are actively engaged, listening and imaging. Children are encouraged to touch the instrument, feeling the vibration of the double bass when played, and to pluck the strings themselves. They will also have small-scaled stringed instruments to play. Each week a new animal and instrument is added, so by the end of the session, a full symphony is created in the finale movement. 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, auditory discrimination and social understanding. A great introduction into the world of music, join us this session for our age-appropriate music classes.

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