587 Route 22 East, Whitehouse Station, NJ

Music Classroom

KI and Preschool II Children Perform Spring Music Sharings

The KI and Preschool II Children did an outstanding job of singing songs and making music as the culminating activity to their Music Lessons for the year.  They had a live audience and they all did a superb job!


Music Classes at Whitehouse Prep 


Little Notes Music Classes

Children learn music in much the same way they learn language. Infants and toddlers do not learn to speak through formal discussions about adjectives or through exercises in labeling subjects and predicates. Instead, children learn the “rules” of language informally long before learning the formal rules of grammar. Research suggests musical development works in a very similar way. Until a child has had ample time to informally explore the “language” of music, it is meaningless to talk about formal concepts like key signatures, dynamic markings, or eighth notes. Just as infants and toddlers learn to speak through “playing” with language, children need plenty of time to “play” with the “language” of music long before beginning any formal musical training. This is the purpose of Music Notes Academy’s Little Notes classes at Whitehouse Preparatory School. Through research-based musical play within a song-based curriculum, children develop a strong foundation in t he musical skills they will later need to be successful in formal music instruction.

Rather than simply talking about music, music is continually experienced through live performance.
Children are encouraged to approach music as active “doers” rather than as passive “consumers”.
Musical concepts are introduced informally through research-based developmentally-appropriate activities.
Children are exposed to engaging music in a variety of meters (2/4, 6/8, 5/4, etc) and tonalities (major, minor, dorian, lydian, etc).
Children learn songs and rhymes from around the world.Children are introduced to a variety of instruments: guitar, piano, ukelele, and various percussion instruments.

Little Notes Preschool Music Classes
The focus is primarily on developing listening skills, but the children are always encouraged to join in making music to any extent they are comfortable.
Children practice keeping a steady beat at various tempos.
Children explore musical opposites: loud/soft, high/low, short/long, fast/slow.
Children experiment with using their voices in a variety of ways: speaking, singing, whispering, and shouting.
Children expand their musical vocabularies through listening and responding to music in a variety of meters and tonalities.

Little Notes KI Music Classes
Children continue to build upon all the foundational skills introduced in preschool.
Children further develop their vocal ability, practice singing in tune, and gain confidence in solo singing.
Children learn multicultural songs and rhymes in a variety of meters and tonalities.
Children expand their listening skills through imitating rhythm and tonal patterns.
Children use creative movement to reflect tempo, dynamics, melodic contour, and the form of pieces of music.
Children practice creating and imitating beat movements.

Little Notes KII Music Classes
Children further develop all the skills explored in previous years and learn more multicultural songs and rhymes in various meters and tonalities.
Children expand their musical vocabularies through rhythm and tonal solfege exercises.
Children begin to read and write musical notation and practice translating music they hear into written notation.
Children experiment with creating music through improvising songs, rhythm patterns, and tonal patterns.
Children are exposed to a variety of music by famous composers from throughout history.
Music Notes Academy @ Whitehouse Prep – Private Lessons
Music Notes Academy offers private instrumental instruction for students of all ages, from early childhood through adult. There are several opportunities for performances and evaluations. Visit musicnotesacademy.com for more information on music lessons at Whitehouse Preparatory School.

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