Musical Mother Tongue: Start a Pre-K Kid's Musical Life
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Musical Mother Tongue: Start a Pre-K Kid's Musical Life

Get kids freestyling with smooth rhythm + perfect tuning. 2 FUN songs, 2 SILLY poems, GREAT moves, + pattern practice
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452 students enrolled
Created by Ekanem Ebinne
Last updated 10/2014
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  • 33 mins on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Mother and child will learn 4 new pieces: 2 songs and 2 chants
  • At the end of 4 sessions, caregiver will know how to move, sing, and chant to increase the child's musical vocabulary in his teachable moments
View Curriculum
  • Webcam and internet connection
  • Space to move freely in view of screen
  • Ability to see, hear, and move along with the teacher.
  • Willingness to copy simple patterns, songs, and chants from teacher
  • Willingness to listen responsively to child

Most kids would go on American Idol and crash and burn. You know, the fiasco early rounds where people with little skill and even less self-awareness croak and stutter in front of millions of TV viewers?

But what if you could prevent that kind of humiliation for your child?

What if you could mold his tuneless, rhythm-less music babble into something beautiful for his future?

If you

  • Feel your child has a musical gift or talent
  • Want to foster his gifts
  • Know you're ready to get consistent with music at home on a regular basis
  • Don’t know where to begin...

Then Musical Mother Tongue is for you! (Mother and child age 3 to 5)

Gently guided by a certified music development specialist, this experience helps mothers sing more clearly and confidently as they become excellent music models for their children. It helps mothers establish a child's initial rhythmic, tonal, & movement vocabulary in a fun, heart-connected way.... while his aptitude is still flexible!

Most importantly, it launches child audiation, the often neglected mental musical instrument that 'plays' all the others.

In 4, short, 10-minute sessions, Musical Mother Tongue invitingly and informally demonstrates how to

  • move smoothly to music for optimal learning
  • encourage child engagement with the process
  • apply the science behind why this works for your child's lifetime musicianship
  • start from any or even no music training
  • sing two folk songs
  • chant two rhythmic poems
Who is the target audience?
  • Children age 3 to 5, with their mothers
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Promo Video
1 Lecture 01:18
Welcome! Now, Strike a Pose...
3 Lectures 08:09

Sing and move with my "hello" song today, and before each session. It really is good to see you!

Preview 02:16

Use this vocal warmup any time you plan to sing. It will open up your breathing and make your voice and body feel relaxed.

Preview 01:36

Remember why and how to model singing for your child with these easy questions.

Review Section 1
6 questions
Going With the Flow
3 Lectures 07:35

Need a visual to check your response to the last lecture? Watch me write curvy words with body parts. See if you can call out which part is writing! This is a silent film...

Making Curvy Moves [Video Demo] *Ideas from last lecture in a silly silent film*

Extensions and Summary

Remember why and how to model musical movement with these questions.

Review Section 2
4 questions
What Goes in Must Come Out!
5 Lectures 09:59
How to Make Your Child's "Initial Listening Vocabulary"

This is an example of a song in Dorian mode. Enjoy singing and moving along!

Adding Tonal Variety: "Scarborough Faire" Song [Video Demo 1] *Dorian Mode!*

Why Does This Work?

Enjoy two versions of this rhythmic poem in triple meter. See which one your child responds to the most.

Adding Rhythmic Variety: "Beehive" Chant [Video Demo] *Triple Meter: 2 Versions*

Have fun with the words and moods and fun 'tude in this rhythmic poem in duple meter.

Adding Rhythmic Variety: "My Mother" Chant [Video Demo 3] *Duple Meter*

Remember why and how to add instructive variety to your child's listening vocabulary with these questions.

Review Section 3
4 questions
Mocking and Flattery?
4 Lectures 06:18
Why and How to Invite Imitation

Follow me and soon you'll add these moves to your repertoire!

Imitative Additions to A Song You Know [Video Demo]

Find out two free and easy tricks you can use to catch your child's attention when you're making music together.

Two Bonus Attention Grabbers [PDF]
9 pages

Let's keep the fun going!

Farewell + Keep in Touch!

Remember how and why to invite your child's imitation when you make music.

Review Section 4
5 questions
About the Instructor
Ekanem Ebinne
5.0 Average rating
1 Review
452 Students
1 Course
Musical Child Mentor

It's my passion and commitment to help you give your musically gifted, 3-to-5 year old child the guidance he needs to think music like a mother tongue and become a confident singer, instrumentalist, composer, and contributor to your cherished musical traditions.

This class is easy and fun for both of you. You will feel strong in your voice and flowing in your movements when we're done. And your child will feel the joy of being heard and mastering new skills in rhythm and melody.

I have an Early Childhood Mastership Certification from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. I value good vocal health, evidence-based practice, informal yet structured guidance, and access to all styles of music.

I have enjoyed music all my life, from singing solos in church as a kindergartner to playing flute in national competitions as a high schooler and singing in opera choruses currently... to playing drums in Brazilian and Guinea West- African style groups over the years.

I started teaching music in 2005 to bring lifelong music enjoyment to as many children and families as I could reach. And now, it's your turn!