Preschool Music Singing Games and Activities
What you'll learn
- After taking this course, each participant will have a repertoire of over 20 fun and engaging musical activities to share with young children. Each student will know how to direct children in meaningful musical play and help children engage in positive, social musical games and activities that contribute to their early musical and social development. The course specifically targets how to help young children recognize the pulse (or the beat), learn to use their singing voice and use musical play with movement to engage in learning. Students will learn techniques for teaching music successfully to young children and receive additional resources to help introduce children to music listening activities and musical instruments.
- Each music activity and song includes sheet music, written instructions and a demonstration video to watch, so being able to read music and prior musical knowledge are not required. The songs and activities are simple to learn for both preschoolers and caregivers.
This course has been designed to serve as a resource for parents, caregivers and preschool teachers to aide in providing young children with enriching musical experiences. The course introduces over 20 musical games and singing activities using traditional and folk songs that are simple and engaging for children. The activities in the videos focus on three areas: how to help children feel the beat in music, how to sing simple melodies and learning about music through movement. The course includes additional activities and resources to help children explore music independently or with an aide of a teacher or parent. Resources for music listening, learning about music instruments and creating music centers are included. The course also provides instruction on how to teach music successfully to young children. Lessons include how to teach music by rote, what to expect developmentally from preschool children and how to encourage participation and successfully teach young children. If you have a young child at home or professionally care for young children, this course is for you.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who cares for preschool aged children or who is interested in early childhood music: parents, caregivers, teachers, students.
As a music educator I have taught children music in many settings. I think my love for teaching young children music took root while working as an assistant preschool music teacher at Brigham Young University where I earned a bachelor's degree in choral music education. I then spent several years teaching in the public schools as a junior high choir teacher in Utah and an elementary music specialist in Massachusetts. While in Massachusetts, I earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University. I have taught preschool music in my home, spent many hours volunteering with music in my community and have taught private piano lessons. My community involvement has included directing children’s choirs, women’s choirs and mixed choirs as well as serving and working professionally as a piano accompanist.
I have always tried to provide many musically enriching opportunities to my children, from singing and playing with them as little babies, to supporting them now as teenagers with everything from musical theater to jazz band to private lessons. I had many influential experiences with music my whole childhood which inspired me to eventually teach music and in return I have seen firsthand the value of teaching music to young children as an adult. I believe that music is an exceptional, integral, positive, important part of each child's development and want to share the wonderful activities I have used over the years that have positively impacted the lives of many children. I can promise the activities in this course have delighted and taught many young people and I am excited to share them with you.