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Each semester of the early childhood music and movement classes is designed to develop the motor skills, aural and pitching abilities of children aged 6 months to 5 years old.

Children will learn different note values, tempi, articulations and dynamics through play and instrument exploration.

The music activities give parents and children opportunities to become more familiar with various popular classics, learn different musical concepts, as well as enhance bonding between parent and child.

Each semester has a different theme, for example:

  • Animal Carnival
  • Dancing with Nature
  • Instruments of the Orchestra I & II
  • Classic Remix with Storytelling
  • Music & Art
  • Music & Drama
  • Genre of Music
Musical concepts and theory are introduced in different depths based on the various age groups to help them develop a keen understanding of music in each theme.

The Staccato! methodology adopts not only the music education philosophies of renowned music educators of Carl Orff, Suzuki, Kodaly, and Dalcroze; it is also built on a well-researched premise that classical music brings overwhelming benefits for young children.

Animal Carnival

Animal Carnival introduces to children various movements and music associated with different animals through musical pieces by Saint-saens's Carnival of the Animals, Rimsky Kovsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee and Rossini's William Tell.

Children will learn to identify the sounds of animals imitated by different orchestral instruments and sing along with the lyrics composed with the music.

Dancing with Nature

Dancing with Nature exposes children to music in relation to different seasons and festive holidays.

Using lyrics by our very own teachers, we present different dance steps to Grieg's Norwegian Dance, Haydn's Water Music and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Instruments of the Orchestra (Keyboard/String/Percussion)

Children will be exposed to the diverse sounds and timbre of each orchestral instrument through various classical pieces by Bach, Chopin, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky.

They will learn how to identify the sounds of the instruments from the keyboard, string, and percussion family, and learn where each family sits in an orchestral concert.

Classic Remix with Storytelling

Classics Remix introduces classical music that has gone through transformation to different styles like bossa nova, jazz, and Chinese orchestra music.

This upbeat semester will appeal to both young children and adults as music by the Klass brothers and Cuban percussion, and Jacques Loussier and Trio tends to be rejuvenating, relaxing and fun!

Children learn how to play the different instruments used in bossa nova and Chinese orchestra like the cabasa, conga, erhu and gu zheng. Through careful selection, different classical repertoires by Brahms, Debussy and Dvorak are chosen to enrich the storytelling of popular classics like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Gingerbread Man, Three Little Pigs, etc. Children will learn how each music piece is associated with the various characters as the story unfolds.

Music and Art: Into the Jungle

Children will immerse themselves into the different artwork in association to the animals used in Saint-saens's Carnival of the Animals, Rimsky Kovsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee and Rossini's William Tell.

They will learn how to identify popular classics to different animals and develop their fine motor skills through various art works.

Music and Drama: Peter and the Wolf

This exciting semester introduces one of the most popular stories in the classical world.

Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev is a children's story that is spoken by a narrator and accompanied by the orchestra. Children will be exposed to the story, and see how each character is associated to different instruments. They will also do some art works for the different characters in the story.

At the end of the semester, children will use their art pieces and present a short play with the parents.

Instruments of the Orchestra (Brass/Woodwind/Percussion)

Children will be exposed to the diverse sounds and timbre of each orchestral instrument through various classical pieces by Bach, Chopin, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

They will learn how to identify the sounds of the instruments from the brass, woodwind, and percussion family, and learn where each family sits in an orchestral concert.

Genre of Music

Genre of Music introduces children to the categories that classical music can be differentiated into.

Children will learn what instruments are usually heard in a trio, quartet, quintet, and be exposed to terms like concerto, opera, symphony and chorale.

They will also learn the importance of playing in an ensemble.

Theme
Animal Carnival Dancing with Nature Instruments of the Orchestra
(Keyboard, String, Percussion)
Classic Remix with Storytelling
Rhythm
1 beat: Ta
1/2 beat: titi
1/4 beat: ti-ka-ti-ka
2 beats: Ta-a
1 beat: Ta
2 beats: Ta-a
3 beats: ta-a-a
4 beats: Ta-a-a-a
1 beat: Ta
1/2 beat: titi
1/4 beat: ti-ka-ti-ka
2 beats: Ta-a
1 beat: Ta
1/2 beat: titi
Dotted rhythm: ta-m-ti
Rests Syncopation Dotted Rhythm
1 beat rest: sh
2 beats rest: sh-sh
1 beat rest: sh
2 beats rest: sh-sh
4 beats rest: sh-sh-sh-sh
(Ti-ta-ti) or short-long-short (ta-m-ti) or long-short-long-short (skipping)
Articulation
Staccato/Legato/Marcato/Grazioso Accent/Leggiero Tranquillo/Agitato Marcato/Cantabile
Dynamics
f/p/ff/pp f/p Cresecendo/ Decrescendo ff/f/mf/ p/mp/pp
Tempo
Allegro/Adagio Moderato/largo Accelerando/Ritardando Andante/Presto
Pitch Singing (Words then solfege)
Twinkle, twinkle little star

Hot cross buns

Baa baa black sheep

Mary had a little lamb

Itsy bitsy spider

ABC

Rain, rain go away
Draw Note/Rests Value
Treble/Bass clef
Play and Sing
Twinkle twinkle

little star

Baa baa black sheep

Mary had a little lamb

Itsy bitsy spider

ABC

Old MacDonald had a farm

Rain, rain go away

Jungle song
Sing songs using handsigns

 
Theme
Music and Art:
Into the Jungle
Music and Drama:
Peter and the Wolf
Instruments of the Orchestra
(Brass, Woodwind, Percussion)
Genre of Music
(Includes ensemble playing)
Rhythm
1 beat: Ta
1/2 beat: titi
1/4 beat: ti-ka-ti-ka
2 beats: Ta-a
1 beat: Ta
2 beats: Ta-a
3 beats: ta-a-a
4 beats: Ta-a-a-a
1 beat: Ta
1/2 beat: titi
1/4 beat: ti-ka-ti-ka
2 beats: Ta-a
1 beat: Ta
1/2 beat: titi
Dotted rhythm: ta-m-ti
Rests Syncopation Dotted Rhythm
1 beat rest: sh
2 beats rest: sh-sh
1 beat rest: sh
2 beats rest: sh-sh
4 beats rest: sh-sh-sh-sh
(Ti-ta-ti) or short-long-short (ta-m-ti) or long-short-long-short (skipping)
Articulation
Staccato/Legato/Marcato/Grazioso Accent/Leggiero Tranquillo/Agitato Marcato/Cantabile
Dynamics
f/p/ff/pp f/p Cresecendo/ Decrescendo ff/f/mf/ p/mp/pp
Tempo
Allegro/Adagio Moderato/largo Accelerando/Ritardando Andante/Presto
Pitch Singing (Words then solfege)
Twinkle, twinkle little star

Hot cross buns

Baa baa black sheep

Mary had a little lamb

Itsy bitsy spider

ABC

Old MacDonald had a farm

Rain, rain go away

Draw Note/Rests Value
Treble/Bass clef
Keyboard
Sets of 2/3 black keys

Where is do-re-mi (C-D-E)

Where is fa-so-la-ti (F-G-A-B)

Sets of 2/3 black keys

Where is do-re-mi (C-D-E)

Where is fa-so-la-ti (F-G-A-B)

Sets of 2/3 black keys

Where is do-re-mi (C-D-E)

Where is fa-so-la-ti (F-G-A-B)

Sets of 2/3 black keys

Where is do-re-mi (C-D-E)

Where is fa-so-la-ti (F-G-A-B)

Play and Sing
Twinkle twinkle little star

Hot cross buns

Jungle song

Sing songs using handsigns

Baa baa black sheep

Mary had a little lamb

Jungle song

Sing songs using handsigns

Itsy bitsy spider

ABC

Jungle song

Sing songs using handsigns

Old MacDonald had a farm

Rain, rain go away

Jungle song

Sing songs using handsigns

Remarks:
Please note that the teacher has the discretion to change parts of the curriculum to accommodate the different paces of learning.