Singing in early childhood
Children can sing accurately at an early age. Some research supports the fact that a child's range of tones increases progressively from ages TWO through FIVE.
The most common range for group singing of young children involves the pitches D to A, just above middle C on the piano. This small range naturally limits the number of tunes that can be sung completely by the children.
In our classroom children sing the songs that are comfortable for them, at the same time they listen to music that is beyond the natural singing range. They listen several times to teacher's singing or the CD and begin to imitate.
Understanding of musical symbols is also addressed with simple VISUAL representations that lead to traditional musical notation. Musical concepts and vocabulary are incorporated into each lesson.