Moonbeams Program Goals

Moonbeams Level 1

  • Create a positive happy habit of learning music.
  • Develop the child’s listening skills.
  • Experience independence in learning and interaction with other children.
  • Master the music alphabet from A to G inclusive.
  • Recognize and reproduce high, middle and low sounds.
  • Play C, G, D, and F major scales, one octave with primary chord accompaniment.
  • Play A and E minor scales, one octave with primary chord accompaniment.
  • Transpose keyboard material into the above keys.
  • Play selections, by ear, in the keys of C, G, F, and D major.
  • Read notes on the grand staff and play selections using these notes.
  • “Echo sing” patterns using solfege from do to ti.
  • Utilize 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4 time signatures.
  • Achieve rhythm fluency in singing, clapping, dictation and reading.
  • Develop fine motor control of individual fingers, including legato playing.
  • Understand dynamics and other terms used in music.
  • Recognize major and minor tonality in singing and keyboard pieces.
  • Understand the relationship of major and minor keys.
  • Apply composition methods while composing songs of their own.
  • Play in a recital, solo and with the class.

 

Moonbeams Level 2

  • Master the keys of C+, G+, D+, F+, A+, a-, e- and d- including the primary chords for each key.
  • Increase solo performance time in class to master selected repertoire with hands together, hands separately, single and multiple notes.
  • Play root, first inversion and second inversion of triads in solid and broken form, including the concluding perfect cadence.
  • Transpose by sight and by ear simple pieces in the keys of C+, G+, D+, F+, A+, a-, e- and d-.
  • Play simple pieces and solfege patterns by ear.
  • Extend reading of staff notation to include all notes on the grand staff including ledger lines above, below and between staves.
  • Use time signatures of 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8, 9/8, C and cut time, including strong and weak beat emphasis.
  • Use sixteenth, eighth, quarter, dotted quarter, triplet, half note, dotted half note, whole notes and rests in singing, playing and rhythm dictation.
  • Sing songs in solfege with hand signs from low do through high do in the keys of C+, G+, D+, F+ and A+.
  • Expand vocabulary of musical terms in dynamics and tempos.
  • Master major and minor tonality including the relationship between major and minor keys, and a basic understanding of the circle of fifths.
  • Increase solo, duet and ensemble keyboard experience with correct finger technique, including articulation such as staccato and legato.
  • Complete written theory concepts in the Bright Ideas Homework Book.
  • Expand knowledge of composers and music history.
  • Expand composition skills and experimentation.
  • Perform in two recitals and participate in local music festivals, if possible.

 

Moonbeams Level 3

  • Master the keys of C+, G+, D+, F+, A+, a-, e- and d- including the primary chords, triads and cadences for each key.
  • Build proficiency in reading notation on the grand staff including ledger lines above, below and between staves.
  • Use time signatures of 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8, 9/8, C and cut time, including strong and weak beat emphasis.
  • Use sixteenth, eighth, quarter, dotted quarter, triplet, half note, dotted half note, whole notes and rests in singing, playing and rhythm dictation.
  • Identify intervals including Major, minor, Perfect, augmented and diminished and their relationship in chords.
  • Expand vocabulary of musical terms in dynamics and tempos.
  • Mastering of tones and semi-tones including Major and minor scale patterns and identifying diatonic and chromatic semi-tones.
  • Continue building understanding of the circle of fifths.
  • Continue building transposing and accompaniment skills for simple pieces in the keys of C+, G+, D+, F+, A+, a-, e- and d-.
  • Sing songs in solfege with hand signs from low do through high do in the keys of C+, G+, D+, F+ and A+.
  • Expand knowledge of composers and eras in music history.
  • Expand knowledge of Canadian folk music and compositions.
  • Expand composition skills and experimentation.
  • Prepare for the Royal Conservatory Grade One performance exam.
  • Prepare for the Royal Conservatory Preliminary Rudiments exam.
  • Complete written theory concepts in the Bright Ideas II Homework Book.
  • Perform in two recitals and participate in local music festivals.

 

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