"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.

 

 

 

The Travels of Punchinello

Summer Session, June 11th – August 22nd

Join us this summer as Hands On! presents its original program The Travels of Punchinello. We will accompany Punchinello, the celebrated clown, as he journeys to many countries. Children will enjoy Punchinello’s many antics as he plays musical tricks and entertains us with his beautiful fairy tales drawn from various countries.

To bring the stories and music to life, our teachers will play classical pieces on different instruments of the orchestra, featuring music by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Grieg, and others. In addition, our specially selected repertoire of children’s songs add joy to our sing alongs, as well as teach children some important musical concepts such as the expression of emotion through music, the difference between high and low sounds, and the recognition of contrasting tempos.

This program will enrich children by expanding their musical horizons and introduce them to timeless folklore and music from around the world.

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Around the World

Fall Session, September 5th – December 1st

Join us this fall at Hands On! as we take a musical journey in our original curriculum Around the World. On our trip we will listen to the bagpipes of Scotland, experience the didgeridoo while visiting Australia, and see and touch the balalaika while in Russia. We will also travel to other countries from France to India.

Our journey will not only introduce the traditional instruments and songs of these countries, but also illustrate the play of dynamics, language, emotions, and storytelling through music. In addition, our special selection of children’s songs will help to develop important skills at every age. Through our curriculum, younger children will explore fine and gross motor movements, as well as contrasting sound recognition. Meanwhile, older children will begin to learn basic music notation, musical terms, and the names of instruments and their corresponding sounds and countries of origin.

A perfect way to learn about the world and our connection through music, come and travel with us!

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Instruments

Spring Session, March 12th – June 9th

Through the exploration of Instruments at Hands On!, a child experiences a symphonic instrument close up. A child hears the sound, feels the vibrations, and sees the formation and construction of each instrument that makes up an orchestra. This spring we will be introduced to a different instrument every week and listen closely to each unique sound, appreciating the qualities that define each. This is what Hands On! is all about. Join us for this musical experience!

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