Music Enlightenment Course for Children – MusicPepper Class A (Age 3-below 4 with a parent)
Music Enlightenment for Children at EXCEL is a specially designed programme that gears towards the developmental needs of young children in Hong Kong. Music is infused and integrated with other crucial child developmental domains throughout our programme curriculum. Musical experience is an exciting stimulus for holistic development because it is creative and “hands-on.”
The three age level core courses carefully utilize developmentally appropriate music resources to foster stimulated learning experience that nurtures the social-emotional, physical-motor, cognitive-intellectual and aesthetic-creativity development of children in their specific stage.
Music Enlightenment for Children
Music Enlightenment for Children recognizes that all children are musician. All children can learn to sing in tune, move rhythmically, perform and enjoy music with confidence, provided that their early environment supports such learning.
Music Enlightenment for Children recognizes that all children are unique and different in their own special way. Hence no single miracle teaching approach would suffice the needs of all children.
We adopted an eclectic approach to utilize most developmentally appropriate strategies to cater for the needs of children at their specific age and stage of maturity. We incorporate and integrate ideas and techniques from different contemporary western music education approaches in our music programs, including: Orff Schulwerk, the Kodaly Approach, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory.
The Orff Schulwerk Approach
Orff Schulwerk (schulwerk is German for “schoolwork”) is a child-centered approach to music learning. Developed by German composer Carl Orff (1895-1982), it emphasizes on experiencing music through movement, singing, playing instruments, and improvisation. The most outstanding feature of the Orff approach is transferring body rhythms to nonpitched percussion instruments and later to a family of pitched mallet instruments: xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels. Improvisation on instruments is a vital part of the Schulwerk experience.
The Kodaly Approach
Composer and musicologist Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) developed his approach to music learning based on Hungarian folk music. His ultimate aim is to cultivate a generation of citizens with fluent music literacy through a sequential programme. The most outstanding feature of the Kodaly approach is the use of hand signs, originally developed by John Curwen and Sarah Glover in England, and abundant a capella (singing without instrumental accompaniment) and part singing opportunities. Children who are taught according to the Kodaly principles will read music fluently and be able to transfer their music reading from voice to instruments.
Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) was a Swiss musician and educator who pioneered music and movement education. The Dalcroze approach incorporates ear training, singing with sol-fa syllables, improvisation, and eurhythmics. The most outstanding feature of the Dalcroze approach is early cultivation of free body movement in response to music. In eurhythmics experiences, children use their bodies as musical instruments; they show their musical understanding through musical and aesthetical movement.
Gordon Music Learning Theory
As one of the most current approaches, Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory is based upon a systematic study of how we learn music. Gordon’s theory of audiation (inner hearing) is central to his learning approach. To audiate is to “hear” and to comprehend music for which the sound may (or may not) be present. Audiation is to music what thought is to language. Hence, Gordon’s theory aims to train children to audiate. Through discrimination learning (learning by rote), then to inference learning (being able to think for oneself or to perform tasks that have not been learned by rote), students will develop musical skills sequentially and logically.
The last lesson of the course will be a performance presentation, where students can perform and learn from each other. Parents and friends are welcome to join this session and share each student’s achievements.
Complete and return the enrolment form with a cheque in the amount of $5,020 payable to “EXCEL Ltd”
* Early Bird discount does not apply to this course.
No refunds will be made once an applicant is accepted to a coruse. Course fees will be refunded in full to all unsuccessful applicants within a month. Application fees are non-refundable.
Applicant must read EXCEL’s enrolment terms and conditions on http://excel.hkapa.edu/enrolment-terms-and-conditions
07 Sep 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
- No Class Date
15:00 pm - 16:00 pm