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Kids n Keys

A Kids Music Program in a Keyboard Learning Lab

For kids ages 5 - 7.

Early Childhood Music Class Kids n Keys

Kids n Keys introduces children to the fundamentals of music and piano playing in a fun group-setting. Students will:

  1. Be Inspired: We believe that exposing students to great music and high-quality performances plays an important role in inspiring musical accomplishments. Each Kids n Keys class includes critical listening activities. Our goal is for our students to leave class each week feeling excited about music.
  2. Sight-read: We expect all of our students to learn to read music. The ability to sight-read opens doors to an entire world of music.
  3. Play by ear: Traditional piano instruction, in most cases, ignores this important skill. To be a well-rounded musician and, more importantly, to be able to spontaneously create music with other musicians as a group, music students must be able to play what they hear. Bach To Rock incorporates many concepts from the famous Suzuki method to accomplish this goal.
  4. Play as a group: Studying music within a group provides a unique opportunity for young musicians to begin to develop the skill of playing music with their peers. This is highly motivating because it closely resembles a “team” atmosphere and it is a social experience. 
Early Childhood Music Class Kids n Keys

Exposure to music at an early age supports both cognitive and intuitive foundations for musical growth. Studies also link music-making to greater spatial intelligence and improved learning abilities.

Kids n Keys offers students a playful environment where they encounter the concepts, symbols, and sounds that form the basis of music literacy. Our curriculum incorporates different types of activities and games that involve listening, movement, singing, and creative music-making. We also firmly believe that young students have the ability to make music at the keyboard even before they can read music notation. In every class, students learn to play popular melodies on the piano and prepare for a group concert.

We believe in small class sizes (up to 6 kids), so that each student receives the ideal balance of individual attention and positive peer interaction. Our state-of-the-
art keyboard/computer lab offers students the opportunity to learn from cutting-edge music software such as MusicAce.

The skills and intuitive musical understanding developed in Kids n Keys prepare a child for success in the study of any musical instrument.

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Kids n Keys Level 1 Syllabus

Concepts Songs Listening Activity
Lesson 1 Keyboard Geography, Fast and Slow Notes, Musical Knuckle Knocker Song, We Will Rock You Carnival of the Animals: March of the...
Lesson 2 High and Low Sounds, Singing Major Scale Hot Crossed Buns, Carnival of the Animals Carnival of the Animals: Hens &...
Lesson 3 Rests, Harmony Merrily We Roll Along Carnival of the Animals: Cuckoo
Lesson 4 Lines & Spaces, Half Notes Ode to Joy Carnival of the Animals: Elephant...
Lesson 5 3rds (skips), Intro to the Blues Jingle Bells Carnival of the Animals: Swan...
Lesson 6 Whole Notes, Loud and Soft Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Carnival of the Animals: Aquarium
Lesson 7 Getting Louder (crescendo) Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Variation Carnival of the Animals: Kangaroo...
Lesson 8 Intro to Rap, Review and Performance Original Rap Glump Glump (Kid's Rap)

Kids n Keys Level 2 Syllabus

Concepts Songs Listening Activity
Lesson 1 Notes Have Letter Names, Playing C D E songs Hot Crossed Buns Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Autumn
Lesson 2 LH-RH coordination Lean On Me Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Spring
Lesson 3 Notes: F and G, Dotted Half Note Oh When the Saints Go Marching In Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Winter
Lesson 4 Power Chords, Reading the 3 Cs on the Staff Hot Crossed Buns and Ode to Joy (Level 2) Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Summer
Lesson 5 C Position & Finger Numbers, Reading C D E on... Oye Como Va Latin Music
Lesson 6 3/4 Time Fais do do (traditional French lullaby) Waltzes & Minuets
Lesson 7 Reading F and G on the Staff Frere Jacques Ragtime (Music of Scott Joplin)
Lesson 8 Review and Performance Mary Had a Little Lamb, Lean on Me (Full... Performance

Benefits of Music

  • Challenges the brain in new ways
  • New motor skills must be learned and coordinated
  • Profound and seemingly permanent changes in the brain structure

 

Music & Mathematics

  • Patterns of chords, notes and key changes
  • Counting of beats, rests & how long to hold notes
  • Geometry to remember correct finger positions for notes or chords
  • Sequences called intervals are the differences between notes
  • Ratios, proportions and equivalent fractions understanding are required to read music

 

Music & Reading

  • Strong association between music instruction & reading ability
  • Positive transfer occurs between language and reading
  • More music skills result in greater degree of phonological awareness
  • Music perception taps and enhances auditory areas

 

(How the Brain Learns by David Sousa, pg 225-229) Read More