our winner! & why I love teaching preschool music

Thanks to all who entered our "Wondrous Winter" lesson plan giveaway! The lucky winner is.....

Blogger JeremyandElizabeth said...
Sounds like so much fun! :) ~Elizabeth
13/2/13 12:19 PM

Congratulations, Elizabeth!! Please contact me and let me know what your email address is so I can get you your free download!

Be sure to visit The Teaching Studio Store to check out our "Wondrous Winter' lesson plan as well as the others available there. And be sure to check back in the next week or so for our next lesson plan which should be available soon (and is one of my very favorites to teach!!!).

Here's a hint about our next lesson plan - it involves Smetana's "The Moldau," which is an amazing, gorgeous piece that is probably my favorite to teach to the kids. This piece has been a long-time favorite of mine - I remember listening to it with my Dad on a Saturday morning, we pushed a couple of small couches together to make a sort of "boat" to sit in while we listened to this beautiful music. Now I get to share this beautiful music with my kids and my other little students! My five-year-old son often begs me to turn on "The Moldau" while we are driving, so he can pretend our car is a boat.

I have really been amazed over the past couple of years teaching preschoolers just how much music can touch these little ones. These classes can be so meaningful for these kids, particularly if the parents read through the take-home books with their kids at home and turn on the classical music! My own kids absolutely love listening to classical music in the car or at home, especially when it has a neat story to go with it (whether the story is commonly-known, or if it's one we made up on our own). My 18-month-old daughter just beams with joy when a song she loves begins, and often will break into applause after a grand ending and ask to listen to it again. Music is a real blessing in our lives, and I have discovered that it is never too early to begin - it really isn't!

Do you teach music to preschoolers? What do you love about it? I'd love to hear your comments!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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