In the month of May the two and three year old children will learn songs about insects, like ladybugs and butterflies. We will listen and identify the sound of bees and imitate them vocally and learn a song about honeybees. The children will be playing scrapers and will be using these instruments to accent the beat of songs and music.

The four year olds in our preschool classes have been studying fascinating facts about metamorphosis. During our music sessions the children will also be learning about insects and their life cycle through songs and music. We will continue to work with the musical concepts we have learned so far such as high/low, fast/slow, and quiet/loud through a song about fireflies. Through the exploration of different sized cymbals the children will learn how the size of these instruments determine the volume of the sound.

The junior kindergarten classes will learn about the full orchestra. The children will learn to listen to and appreciate orchestral music as individual families of instruments playing simultaneously. They will identify the different instrument families (stringed, woodwinds, brass, and percussion families.) They will listen to Britten, Introduction to the Orchestra, while looking at a picture of the full orchestra and pointing to the family of instruments that is playing. We will continue working on rhythmic and melodic reading of songs we have learned with c, a and f notes, like Butterfly Flutter By and Who’s that Tapping at the Window.

Carmen Trefil
Music Teacher

We had a lot of fun celebrating Week of the Young Child with our students and one of the greatest highlights was getting to see a performance by Sandi and Stevie on insects! This educational show got even our youngest learners involved and left a lasting impression. Click above to view a video from Sandi and Stevie’s visit!

For many Acorn students, music lessons with Ms. Carmen is their favorite day of the week. Clapping in rhythm while singing songs, holding a violin for the first time, and identifying instruments by sound are just some of the reasons our preschoolers eagerly hurry to sit down in circle for Ms. Carmen.

At Acorn we incorporate these fun exercises into our curriculum not only because of the smiles that it brings to the faces of our young students, but also because of the immense benefit that music education brings to preschooolers. According to Frances Rauscher, PhD “Music lessons have been shown to improve a child’s performance in school. After eight months of keyboard lessons, preschoolers tested showed a 46% boost in their spatial IQ, which is crucial for higher brain functions such as complex mathematics.”

Want to see our Music Education program from the eyes of Acorn students? Check out the video snippet below.