In the beginning of the kindergarten year, my main objective is to have the children feel comfortable with singing and moving together using various songs, activities and games which provide readiness experiences for later learning of music concepts, knowledge and understandings.
Some of the first songs and games we learn in Kindergarten are “Toodala”, “Willoughby Wallaby Woo”, and “Bluebird, Bluebird." These songs and games lend themselves to great beginning experiences for feeling and performing the steady beat while singing. They also lead to opportunities to play a variety of classroom instruments such as hand drums, woodblocks, rhythm sticks and shakers.
As the year progresses, we begin to prepare for and perform in a concert on the stage. The concert is scheduled for March. This is an exciting time for the kindergarteners. For some of them, it is the first time standing on a stage and performing in front of a crowd.
By the end of the Kindergarten year, the children will begin to follow a visual representation of the steady beat. They will also experience songs of varying speeds (tempo) and volumes (dynamics). They will all have had multiple experiences singing, playing instruments and moving to demonstrate their understanding of the musical concepts introduced and learned.