Dear MCC Parents,
As a new member of the MCC staff, I am so excited to get to know this wonderful community and it’s musical children. In MCC’s music class, your child will be exposed to one of the latest and most effective music education curriculums, First Steps in Music by John Feierabend. This curriculum was created with the belief that all children can grow to become musical in the following ways:
Tuneful – having tunes in their heads and learning to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes
Beatful – feeling the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either twos or threes
Artful – being moved by music in the many ways music can elicit an emotional response
All adults should be tuneful, beatful and artful so they can participate in the music that is interwoven throughout their lives. Adults who are tuneful can sing lullabies to their babies, sing “Happy Birthday” to their children and friends, sing in worship services and join others in singing ceremonial songs like alma maters or heritage favorites. Adults who are beatful can rock on the beat while singing that lullaby, dance at their weddings or at their friends’ weddings and can clap their hands in time with others at a sporting event. Adults who are artful are moved by music and seek out venues to share artful experiences with others in concert halls and in community bands and choirs or by listening to National Public Radio. Artful adults enjoy being moved by music.
Children who learn to be tuneful, beatful and artful before they leave preschool will grow to be adults who benefit from what music can offer. Those who go on to sing in choirs or play an instrument will do so in a more musical manner. Those who choose not to sing in choirs or play an instrument later will be enriched by being able to share music in their daily lives.
The First Steps in Music curriculum is a workout that grows tuneful, beatful and artful individuals. There are eight different activities in each workout. And, like an aerobics class, in the beginning some participants will likely be clumsy in some aspects of the workout, but if they give it their best, they are bound to improve! And, like any aerobics workout, the more one participates, the better the effect. Balancing repetition and variety is key to each workout’s being effective and interesting.
These workouts are designed to be effective with children starting at age three but are equally effective through the elementary years. I am so very much looking forward to exploring the world of music with your child!