Sunbeams Program Goals

Sunbeams 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.
  • Play C major and G major scales with bridges, hands separately.
  • Recognize and reproduce on the keyboard high, middle and low sounds.
  • Play, by ear, selections in a five finger position: C-G, G-D.
  • Identify and play treble clef middle C to high C and bass clef low B to middle C.
  • “Echo sing” patterns using solfege from do to la.
  • Utilize 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 time signatures.
  • Employ whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth notes and rests.
  • Develop fine motor control in the use of individual fingers.
  • Effectively use dynamics in singing and playing.
  • Recognize major and minor tonality in singing and keyboard pieces.
  • Transpose in voice and on the keyboard.
  • Apply composition methods while composing songs of their own.
  • Play in a recital, solo and with the class.

 

Sunbeams Level 2

  • Play in the keys of C+, G+, D+, F+, a-, e- and d-, including recognizing related key signatures.
  • Accompany using primary chords in the above keys, solid and broken.
  • Recognize root, first and second inversions of triads.
  • Transpose simple pieces into C+, G+, D+, F+, a- and e-.
  • Play simple pieces by ear.
  • Extend staff notation reading to all notes on the grand staff including ledger lines.
  • Use time signatures of 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8, including strong and weak beat emphasis.
  • Play single and multiple notes hands together, including proper finger technique.
  • Sing songs in solfege with hand signs from low do through high do in the keys of C+, G+ and D+.
  • Use ti-ti, ta, ta dot, triplet, half note, half note dot, whole notes and rests in singing, playing and rhythm dictation.
  • Expand vocabulary of musical terms including mezzo forte, mezzo piano, D.C. al fine, D.S. al fine, fine, waltz, tempo, moderato, andante and allegro.
  • Recognize major and minor tonality, including an understanding of the relationship between major and minor keys.
  • Transpose by sight simple pieces in the keys of C+, G+, D+, F+, a-, e- and d-.
  • Expand knowledge of composers and music history.
  • Expand composition skills and experimentation.
  • Perform in two recitals, solo and ensemble.

 

Sunbeams Level 3

  • 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.

 

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