The preschool and Kindergarten music program includes singing, playing, moving, listening, and creating, all of which encourage students to recognize and respond to their own inherent musical natures. At this age profound enthusiasm for songs, dances, and musical stories is enhanced by hands-on involvement that builds confidence in their own ability to make music. The core curriculum of their music education is complemented with seasonal songs and weekly chapel selections.Thrilling Threes!
Thrilling three year olds bring such enthusiasm to everything they do here at St. Andrew's. Music is experienced with their whole being at this age. Ask one of them to sing the "Good Morning Song" or the "Good Bye Song" or better yet, ask them to "yoo hoo"! We are moving together in random space and moving the same way at the same time, as well as developing small motor skills to steady beats.
Singing, dancing, moving...all to the beats that we hear...that is what fours are up to in music at St. Andrew's right now. Exploring how we can move (walk, run, hop, gallop, skip) and then practicing that movement, and then finally moving rhythymically to a steady beat, has kept us busy. Chapel songs that we sing each week allow us to feel a part of our larger lower school community. And when we have sung and sung, we show each other our best dancing!
Kindergarteners at St. Andrew's are so musical, and we tap into their inherent musical nature so freely expressed and embraced at this age. We are singing and signing "What A Wonderful World" as an outgrowth of their curriculum about themselves, their school and their community, all of which will culminate with a trip to the north campus and a sharing of this song at the upper school chapel service. Ask them to show you how we dance down the green squares, moving to the beat that we hear, whether classical, jazz, rock 'n roll or broadway.