Welcome to Piano Transitions!
The purpose of this class is to further the development of skills in music and piano in children 4 and 5 years of age. Children at this age learn best through play, exploration, and creativity, which is reflected in the structure of the class. There will be times for playing and exploring the piano, and times for moving our bodies, singing, exploring instruments, sound, and musical symbols. All of the planned activities are based on the skills that will help them get a firm start on private lessons in the future and remain flexible according to the needs of individual students.
Skills and Concepts we will be developing:
- Beat – feeling a steady pulse in the music
- Tempo – fast vs. slow, speeding up and slowing down
- Dynamics – loud, soft, and in between, getting louder and softer
- Rhythm – longer vs. shorter notes, patterns, echoing, counting, symbols
- Pitch – high, middle, and low sounds, symbols
- Melody – moving up and down, repeating notes, skipping notes, echoing, visuals
- Finding your way around the keyboard – pitch, individual keys, using black keys
- Physical skills – moving hands and fingers together and independently, right/left
Types of activities:
- Exploration: piano, instruments, symbols
- Listening: singing, CDs, instruments, echoing
- Creating: sounds on piano/instruments, drawing visual representations of music
- Moving: finger plays, movement songs
- Games: challenges that incorporate these skills and concepts
Our Piano Transitions Class gives opportunity for children who may not be ready for the structure of private piano lessons a chance to learn some basics in a group setting. Early childhood music instruction is highly effective for developing innate musical abilities. Children who are involved with music from a very early age have a “second nature” for music as they continue to study. They are more prepared for private instruction in whichever instrument they will study. Fundamentals like rhythm, melody, and harmony are learned through osmosis when children are very young. Young music students will sometimes learn simply by experiencing the music. A practice regimen will develop naturally from a love of music. Practice needs to be encouraged but not forced too early.
Piano Transition class sizes are limited to 4 students in each class. Classes start Friday September 23rd. Classes are currently available in Grosse Pointe Park. Coming soon to Canton.
Grosse Pointe Music Academy Locations:
17012 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI
5880 N. Canton Center Rd. Suite 425