Key Points on Different Class Types

NEWBORN GROUPS

Mum

  • Opportunity to meet other
  • Bonding time
  • Establishing routines
  • Calm fears

Baby

  • Facial movements
  • Touch/close contact – 1 part of the body at a time (otherwise confusing)
  • Eye tracking

Teacher

(UPS’s – Unique Selling Points)

  • Keep calm with adult and child
  • Holistic – family orientated
  • Move around – babies are used to beat of mother’s heartbeat
  • Discourage vigorous bouncing
  • Social time
  • Find alternative ways to do exciting songs

Musically – be more adventurous but remember that the safe songs are just as important

REPERTOIRE

Newborn

  • Acapella, lullabies and songs to move to (calming songs)
  • Rhyme – expressive voice
  • Limited repertoire (twinkle twinkle, round and round)

Baby

  • Add more backing tracks
  • Wider range of repertoire
  • More playful

1+

  • Least ‘Kodaly’ based – least progressive – yet the most popular age to enrol child
  • Opportunity to embed lots of repertoire
  • Repetition – use the same lesson plan as the week before (see the progression)
  • Talking to children
  • Actions

LEARNING INTENTIONS

1+

  • Sense of pulse (passive)
  • Eye vocabulary – directions (stop, go)
  • Routines (tidy up, biscuits, sitting, standing etc.
  • Joining in (verbal, non-verbal
  • Singing at home (MB songs)

2+

  • Sense of pulse – active
  • Start singing (most will join in) – get parents to hold lycra and get children to sit underneath – they love it!
  • Independence
  • Social skills
  • Following verbal/visual/aural instructions
  • Element of surprise – participation (get things ‘wrong’ to encourage participation)

3+

  • 12 months before start of school
  • Confident in pulse, pitch matching, voice matching, phrase, rhythm, internalising, solo
  • Call/response
  • Louder/quieter
  • Faster/slower
  • Higher/lower
  • Notation

 Source : Franchisee training 12/13 May 2012

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