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Music Appreciation Course for Kids

 

 

Is Music Education an integral part of a child’s development in the preschool years? Mrs. Chew Sook Cheng, an experienced and qualified music educator would give a resounding “Yes” answer to this question.

Based on her own experiences as a mother, she had the sheer joy of feeling her unborn baby kick in time to the drumbeat of African music at a concert and later watched how her crying 3 month old infant was pacified when “My Bonnie” was sung by the doting Grandpa. The toddler delighted family members and friends with her rhythmic foot-stamping, head nodding and arms flapping to the song “The B-I-B-L-E” when the CD was played. Mrs. Chew discovered that her young child could grasp difficult words easily through singing and the child’s world of fantasy began when she was exposed to musical stories.

Since Mrs. Chew is a piano teacher, the piano was available for her child to explore. Nevertheless, Mrs. Chew ensured that other instrumental timbres were also part of the preschooler's sound environment. The preschool music classes conducted at home were avenues for her child to interact and make music with other children as they participated in ensemble playing in a congenial setting. Mrs. Chew's daughter is a teenager today. Like many of the young students who have attended Mrs. Chew’s classes, she is learning an instrument and finds music making both inspirational and stress relieving.



 

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Overview

Mrs. Chew personally conducts this music class.  With much thought and deliberation, she continues to refine and enhance the course content as well as the delivery style to help each child build a strong foundation and love for music.

 

The Objective of the course is to:

* expose children to instruments of the orchestra through musical stories

* develop psychomotor skills, rhythmic and pitch sense by playing a variety of percussion instruments (e.g. cabassa, maracas, castanets, glockenspiel, resonator bells, keyboard etc)

* teach Solfege singing

* encourage emotional responses to music

* teach musical knowledge (Italian musical terms, reading of pitches and rhythm, interesting facts about composers)

* discover the science of sound through simple experiments

* create opportunities for ensemble playing and singing in parts

 

Benefits

By the end of this course, children would have:

* an appreciation of the Arts (relate music to Art, Poetry and Geography)

* acquired a discerning ear

* developed muscular co-ordination

* built their language skills

* developed self confidence, creativity and imagination

* grasped basic musical concepts that will equip them to study a particular instrument

* a better choice of instrument to study due to a wide exposure of instruments (Piano or violin are popular choice but some children are more naturally suited or inclinded to other musical instruments)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life

- Berthold Auerbach