KG1 Music

Firs Steps in Music

Overview

Students in KG1 will learn from a program called First Steps in Music by Dr. John Feierabend. In this research-based curriculum, quality literature, and practical experience make the FSM curriculum unique and effective. Research continually points to the importance of music in the lives of young children, and music educators can be confident that the FSM curriculum is based on early childhood research relevant to the development of music intelligence, singing skills, sensitivity to the beat and beat groups, expressive movement, musical memory, preferences, and neurological connections.


To achieve these goals Dr. Feierabend developed FSM as an 8-part Workout for each class meeting. Just as in an aerobics class, each part should be experienced and many opportunities given to develop and strengthen each skill being addressed. Feierabend believes that by experiencing all 8 parts of the Workout on a consistent basis, young children's music aptitude will be developed, strengthened, and maximized. He also believes that by fostering musical independence and providing musical opportunities, children can grow into tuneful, beatful and artful adults who will seek to include music throughout their lives. - (Feierabend Fundamentals: History, Philosophy, and Practice, pgs 82-83)


FSM Workout

Pitch Exploration

Song Fragments

Simple Songs

Arioso

Movement Exploration

Movement for Form and Expression - Fingerplays

Movement for Form and Expression with Classical Music

Beat Motions - Child Initiated/Teacher Initiated

Beat Motions with Classical Music

SongTales


The Objectives

In each class our primary objective is to be musical Students achieve this with support from their teacher learning to be Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful.


Tuneful - to think tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing their tunes.

Beatful - to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either twos or threes.

Artful - to be moved by music in the many ways music can elicit an emotional response.


Music and Movement

Objectives

  • Explores musical concepts and expression

  • Explores dance and movement concepts

Cognitive

Objectives

  • Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

    • Attends and engages

    • Persists

    • Solves problems

    • Shows curiosity and motivation

    • Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking

  • Remembers and connects experiences

    • Recognizes and recalls

    • Makes connections

  • Uses classification skills

  • Uses symbols and images to represent something not present

    • Thinks symbolically

    • Engages in socio-dramatic play

Artistic development at ACS is guided by the National Core Arts Standards. In KG1 these standards guide the development of the music program. The standards are divided into 4 key areas: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting.

First Steps in Music Unit 1

Unit Sketch

The purpose of this unit is to enhance music literacy through play.

Pitch Exploration

Instrumental Glissandos - Slide Whistle

The Ice Cream Sundae - Card

Whale Sounds - Kit

Song Fragments

No More Pie

Johnny on the Woodpile

My Aunt Came Back

Simple Songs

Frog in the Meadow

Pitter, Patter

Arioso "I speak like this, I sing like this"

Teacher demonstrates

Neutral syllable conversations between teacher and child

Teacher and children sing their names

Movement Exploration

Theme 1: Awareness of Body Parts & Whole

  • 1: 1 Whole Body Movement

Theme 2: Awareness of Time

  • 2.1: Quick and Slow Movement

Theme 3: Awareness of Space

  • 3.1: Personal Space and General Space

Theme 4: Awareness of Levels

  • 4. 1: High/Middle/Low

Theme 5: Awareness of Weight

  • 5.1: Heavy/Light

Theme 6: Awareness of Locomotion

Theme 7: Awareness of Flow

  • 7. 1: Sudden/Sustained

Theme 8: Awareness of Shape

  • 8.1: Becoming Shapes

Theme 9: Awareness of Others

  • 9.1: Partners

Theme 10: Student Created Movement

  • 10:1: Representative Movement

Movement for Form and Expression - Fingerplays

Chop, Chop, Chippity Chop

Five Little Ladies

Two Little Blackbirds

Eensy Weensy Spider

Movement for Form and Expression with Classical Music

Move It! #2

Move It! #3

Move It #1

Beat Motions - Child Initiated/Teacher Initiated

Listen, Listen (with Tambourine)

Engine, Engine (with Sandblocks)

Ali Baba

Aiken Drum

Beat Motions with Classical Music

Keeping the Beat #19

Keeping the Beat #20

Keeping the Beat #21

SongTales

Had a Little Rooster

Over in the Meadow

There Was a Man and He Was Mad

First Steps in Music Unit 2

Unit Sketch

The purpose of this unit is to enhance music literacy through play

Pitch Exploration

Instrumental Glissandos - (Siren Whistle) (kit)

Toys That Move (Propeller on a Stick) (kit)

Pathway Cards

Song Fragments

Bill Grogen's Goat

Down by the Bay

Wise Old Owl

Simple Songs

Johnny Had One Friend

Fais Dodo

Arioso "I speak like this, I sing like this"

Teacher demonstrates

Neutral syllable conversations between teacher and child

Teacher and children sing the names of their family

Movement Exploration

(See The Book of Movement Exploration)

Theme 1: Awareness of Body Parts & Whole

  • 1.2: Isolated Body Parts

Theme 2: Awareness of Time

  • 2.2: Clock Time

Theme 3: Awareness of Space

  • 3.2: Direct/Indirect Pathway (Straight/Twisted)

Theme 4: Awareness of Levels

  • 4.1: High/Middle/Low

Theme 5: Awareness of Weight

  • 5.2: Strong/Gentle

Theme 6: Awareness of Locomotion

Theme 7: Awareness of Flow

  • 7.2: Sequential/Simultaneous

Theme 8: Awareness of Shape

  • 8.1: Becoming Shapes

Theme 9: Awareness of Others

  • 9.2: Groups

Theme 10: Student Created Movement

  • 10:2: Non-Representative Movement

Movement for Form and Expression - Fingerplays

Grandma's Glasses

A Ram Sam Sam

Three Little Monkeys

Here's a Nest

Movement for Form and Expression with Classical Music

Move It! #3

Move It! #4

Move It #5

Beat Motions - Child Initiated/Teacher Initiated

Frog in the Meadow (with guiro)

Bling, Blang

Cobbler, Cobbler

Hickory, Dickory, Dock (with woodblock)

Beat Motions with Classical Music

Keeping the Beat #22

Keeping the Beat #23

Keeping the Beat #24

SongTales

Jennie Jenkins

Father Grumble

The Tailor and the Mouse