I have had an engaging and inspiring time in our first year offering Afternoon Music at Preucil Preschool. We have truly traveled through a year. We began the year working through the fundamentals. We sang songs, moved through the beat using egg shakers and rhythm sticks, and moved our whole bodies along with the music.
We enjoyed talking about how music is a language that everyone can understand. We sang our names and feelings that we were having. We all took turns sharing experiences that gave us that shared emotion. We found guitar chords and body movements and ways to use our voices to express Happy, Sad, Mad, Scared, Tired, Excited, and Disappointed. All of these feelings were brought up by the students, and we were able to develop them depending on what emotions the kids brought to class that day. We could talk and sing and dance through our feelings and our similarities.
After all of this musical groundwork was laid, singing and moving, hearing and feeling the music, and using music as an emotional and physical outlet, it came time to truly express ourselves. The kids realized that they had things that they wanted to sing about. They wanted to make up songs about what mattered to them and share them with their friends so that we could sing them together. Our first song was a Mermaid Song – Inspired by a Little Bear book. We then needed to sing about our favorite family members, our pets!
We made up songs about our dogs, cats, and our roly-poly bugs. We first talked about our topic and what we knew about it and wrote down as much important information as we could come up with. We sometimes found a rhyme that we loved! We talked about how we felt and which kind of music and guitar chords could show that feeling. We wrote it out and sang our songs, taking ownership of creating something and singing a song that meant something to us and that had never been sung before.
In Afternoon Music we play, explore and grow as a musical community.