Musicologie Junior Online – Week 1

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Kay Barker

Kay Barker is a teacher and musician with degrees in vocal performance and psychology. She co-founded Musicologie in 2014 and has toured nationally with her band Bella Ruse opening for artists like Sarah McLachlan and Heart.

Welcome to Musicologie Junior Online Week 1! Musicologie Junior is an online music exploration and music education class for infants, toddlers, young children up to age 5, and their adults. Each week we explore a melody, a rhythm and an instrument. We have a dance party, and we read a musical storybook.

Here’s how to participate: Watch the week 1 video above and then download the Musicologie Junior at home materials below to do the daily at home activities with your little one. An important note about kids younger than 18 months: Studies show that kids that age do not absorb much information from screens or videos. However, they DO absorb information when they watch you. So, it is very important that you are singing and dancing with them at home, and using the rhythm and melody cards. Your child IS learning every time they watch you, even if they can’t yet participate. Use the activities during the week to engage with your child, modeling and reinforcing the things you’re learning in the weekly video.

Week 1 Downloadable Materials

Downloadable materials include printable rhythm of the week and melody of the week cards, as well as a PDF version of the week 1 at home activities.

Week 1 At Home Activities

Do these daily activities with your child at home to help reinforce the concepts we introduced in the video, and to have fun exploring music together.

  • Melody of the week:  Do
  • Rhythm of the week: Ta

Day 1 – Rhythm of the Week –Pat/clap the rhythm of the week with your child, holding up the Rhythm card for them to see and explore.

Day 2 – Melody of the Week –Sing and sign the melody of the week with your child, holding up the Do card for them to see and explore.

Day 3 – Listening –Go to our Listening Playlist. These pieces feature our instrument of the week– the saxophone!

“Saxophone Quartet: Movement IV” by Philip Glass

“Body and Soul” by Coleman Hawkins

“Slave” by the Rolling Stones

Day 4 – Exploration –Explore how different sounds are made with this fun shaker-making activity:

Hang on to these homemade shakers for future weekly activities and for your child to use during our weekly video classes!

Day 5 – Exploration –Age 0-1: Sing Row Row Row Your Boat with your child bouncing in your lap or on the floor in front of you, getting progressively faster with each repetition.

Age 1-4: Sing Row Row Row Your Boat and encourage your child to sing it faster and louder with each repetition, feeling the change in speed with their body movements.

Day 6 – Dance Party! –Pull up our Dance Party Playlist and dance together! 

Song to reinforce Melody of the Week: “Jump In the Line” by Harry Belafonte

Songs to reinforce Rhythm of the Week: “Jump” by Van Halen, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers

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