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Our early childhood music and movement programs are specially tailored for children from 1 to 4 years old. In a lively group setting, we aim to cultivate the interests of young children in classical music through fun and imaginative ways while at the same time, build the essential knowledge in music fundamentals. Our approach encourages parent involvement by making our parent-child lessons interesting and educational not only for children but also for the parents.

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

 

There are 5 key sections in each lesson:

1) Singing/Solfege

Kodály believed that, to be effective, musical learning must begin with singing. Through the use of voice, children develop their musical ear. Children also learn solfege singing, a fundamental aspect of music which is taught in music institutions worldwide.

 

2) Instrumental

Through use of the toy piano, percussion and other musical instruments, children learn about rhythm, tempo and improvisation. Children also learn about making music and instruments using commonly seen material in our everyday lives.

 

3) Dancing and movement

With the use of various interesting props, children are encouraged to feel the music and express themselves physically, a key component in the Dalcroze method which involves teaching musical concepts through movement.

 

4) Music theory

Basic music theory such as recognition of notes, tempo etc is introduced to children which solidify their musical foundation upon which more advanced music training can be developed.

 

5) Classical music knowledge

The use of classical music pieces throughout the lesson enables children to develop a listening ear and familiarity with classical compositions which in turn helps to cultivate appreciation. Children are introduced to various composers and their compositions relevant to the theme adopted for each semester.

 

6) Staccato! Music Curriculum