My wife and I had a nice long chat with some homeschooling friends of ours last night. I was attempting to get a feel for what types of music education materials I should provide for homeschooling parents to give their children a great foundation in music.
They seemed very impressed and excited about the music manipulatives in particular, and thought they would be well-received by children. After hashing out the details of a program that would be attractive to them, we came to the conclusion that a DVD/Internet-based video program would be the best option, consisting of 36 lessons per year, 30 minutes each. An attractive workbook to go along with the videos, a parent/teacher’s guide, as well as the appropriate manipulatives, games and flash cards would round out the program. The program would concentrate mainly on music theory, with bonus units on other topics such as: vocal technique, music instruments, music history, music appreciation, etc. It would be specifically targeted to parents who are non-musical.
OK, so a general outline of goals, starting with Kindergarten would be:
K5 Music Curriculum Goals
- Identify parts of the notes (head, stem, flag, dot)
- Identify whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes
- Identify G-clef (treble clef), F-clef (bass clef)
- Read and perform rhythms using whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes
- Sing on pitch mimicking basic notes, scale movement, and intervals
- Read basic melodies using notes 1-5 of a major scale, using notes that repeat or move stepwise only
- Accurately draw the basic note shapes
- Learn to sing at least 15 songs from memory
- Identify at least 12 instruments by sight and sound
- Able to express major emotions (happy, sad, angry) musically and physically
- Utilize several expressive techniques in music – fast & slow, loud & soft, high & low