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Music – Preprimary (ages 3-6)

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Children in the Montessori preprimary classrooms visit the music room once every five-day cycle for songs and musical games. Preprimary music is active, as children use their bodies to dance and to experience and express rhythm, tempo and dynamics. Children in the preprimary music program sing songs and nursery rhymes and begin to learn the Solfége and the rhythm syllables. They also improvise on rhythm and percussion instruments.

Using the Kodály approach to music education, Ancona’s program begins with the one instrument every child possesses—the voice—and imparts a foundation of musical literacy and teaches children to read and write music. The use of the Solfége (hand signals related to the tones of the musical scale), the pentatonic scale, rhythm syllables and folk music and games from around the world allows every child to produce music while training the ear, developing music memory and learning various musical structures. Rhythm instruments support the children’s growing music sense and provide opportunities for improvisation.
Preprimary music is active, as children use their bodies to dance and to experience and express rhythm, tempo and dynamics.

Children in the preprimary music program sing songs and nursery rhymes and begin to learn the Solfége and the rhythm syllables. They also improvise on rhythm and percussion instruments.
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