Created in September 2015, the Prelude Program seeks to bring our brand of music education to younger students, in a format tailored toward early-childhood learning. Currently, the program serves all 40 Kindergarten and First Grade students at the Chester Addison Community Center in Stamford, CT. Students participate in three 20-minute classes per week, designed to build the fundamentals of good musicianship in a fun and engaging learning environment.
SINGING & MOVEMENT
The Prelude Singing & Movement class focuses on developing the building blocks of musicianship. The curriculum includes a variety of activities that get the kids singing and moving to music in fun and engaging ways. Songs, dances, and games teach the students how to use their voices, sing with others, feel an internal sense of pulse, and be expressive in their music.
“BUCKET BAND” DRUMMING
The Bucket Band drumming class builds fundamentals of rhythm and coordination, while providing a platform for students to explore structured creativity and gain experience in ensemble playing. Following “sound-before-sight” principles of music education, the students develop their rhythmic vocabulary through call-and-response games and memorized songs before they are exposed to standard musical notation. Every class session also includes opportunities for the students to improvise rhythmic patterns within their ensemble pieces, allowing them to engage in the creative process and build confidence.
We believe that children can begin learning to play instruments at a young age, given a supportive environment and developmentally appropriate instruction. In this class, students as young as 5 begin exploring the experience of playing a musical instrument. This is not a performance-based class, so the children are free to develop their skills and knowledge at their own pace, without the pressure of concert preparation. We have taken advantage of newly developed, child-friendly instruments to allow students to comfortably experience the basics of woodwind and brass playing while they are still too small to handle traditional band instruments.