- Lynn’s program is not a “one size fits all” program since each level (5 levels from infants – age 6) is developmentally specific and generally age specific, so there is something unique and challenging every step of the way.
- A high level of musicality is presented in the lessons, such as the pitch matching, music vocabulary, discriminate listening, and singing games. Singing specific intervals and phrases for pitch matching and singing in tune are part of the game-like activities, and the level of musicianship in the lessons are very developmentally specific; e.g. the 4 year old singing games would not in the toddler lessons.
- Some of the same songs and pieces of music return in lessons for several weeks and from year to year, introducing a new level of challenge, new vocabulary and learning objectives – repetition with variety! This results in the children “owning” the songs and being able to sing them independently.
- The teachers and families love the live music making with the student’s own high quality instrument kit which they bring from home each week and use all year long in class. This means the music making continues in the car, at home, and everywhere they want to take it!
- Parents are encouraged to be music makers by incorporating ukulele as well as other easy instruments for them to play with and for their child. If the child sees that their parents value music, they will be life-long music appreciators.
- The Music Rhapsody program uses the Orff instruments like glockenspiels, xylophones, and percussion instruments, another reason why it has to be developmentally appropriate (babies would be putting bars and mallets in their mouth!) and why its easy to continue to challenge the timing and coordination of the children as they have more experience.
- The curriculum also includes a broad range of music, such as piano and orchestral (classical) music, world music, traditional folk dance music and folk songs, and jazz.
- Although the five groups are organized into developmentally appropriate curricula, teachers can mix, match, and adapt the lesson plans to fit their program’s needs.
- Gives the child a head start and serves as an important link to future success.
- Enhances brain development through proven, positive effects of music.
- Develops physical motor skills through movement and playing of music instruments.
- Provides a dramatic impact on language development and improving vocal and speech development through singing.
- Develops social skills and cooperation through participation in group dancing and musical games.
- Use of timing activities develops coordination, body awareness and spatial concepts.
- Use of repeating patterns and counting beats develops math and literacy skills.
- Improved listening and concentration skills.
- Increase of self-esteem.
- Better quality of life!
Babies Make Music (Birth to Walking)
Toddlers Make Music (Ages One and Two)
Kids Make Music (Ages Two and Three)
Big Kids Make Music (Ages Three and Four)
Young Musicians Make Music (Ages Four and Five)
These are the organized age groups for the Music Rhapsody studio program, but they can be mixed, matched, and adapted to fit your classroom needs!
When parents enroll their child in a Music Rhapsody class, they have set aside a special time to bond with their child and enjoy music together, therefore siblings are generally not allowed to be in class, but it is at the teacher’s discretion. Unlike other programs, SMR classes are age specific, so we recommend that each child enroll in their own developmentally appropriate class to get the most from their music education!
If you are teaching these lessons in an adapted teaching situation (preschool, daycare, church, school etc.) parent involvement is up to your program, but not necessary- but don’t forget to share your musical development with your student’s parents so that music making can continue at home!
A child engaged in a Music Rhapsody program has a unique opportunity to continue their journey quite naturally into other musical avenues. Piano, orchestral, jazz, and world music are intentionally and strategically woven into the Music Rhapsody curriculum from the start. The children growing in the SMR programs will hear and interact with a variety of different types of tonalities, keys, time signatures, tempos, and styles. The integration of those pieces from the earliest stages gives your child a huge advantage in any music or dance lessons.
We know that each child is unique and that these differences are completely normal. Often the observant child will be singing all of the songs at home and doing each activity with his or her parent all the time. Little babies who may even fall asleep in class will respond to the music on the CD at home by kicking, moving or looking for the sound source.
Our expectations for parents are quite simple; that they come to class consistently and participate both in class and at home, engaging their child in whatever manner is comfortable for them. If their child prefers to stay in their lap and be held or if their child needs to constantly move, both are exactly right. The teacher will be able to suggest ways for parents to engage and interact with their child.
During the class, parents will be singing (and they can learn right along with their child if they are nervous about this), dancing, moving and having a great time with their classmates.
The most important thing is that they come and have a fun, musical experience with their child.
Students who experience a Music Rhapsody class without their parents are, of course, encouraged to continue their music making at home and outside of the classroom! It is the teacher’s job to recommend ways for families to make music together.
That is why we see a natural and cohesive transition from the Music Rhapsody early childhood music program into Simply Music’s Piano program. This progression is one that many students in Lynn’s local studio make, however you are free to use the Music Rhapsody curriculum however you choose! Each program is completely independent of the other and training and registration for each program is also separate.