Musicologie Junior Online – Week 3

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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 3! 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: If this is your first time, start with Week 1. Otherwise, watch the Week 3 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 3 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 3 at home activities.

Week 3 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 Re Mi
  • Rhythm of the week: Ta Ta 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 and Re and Mi cards for them to see and explore.

Day 3 – Listening

Go to our Listening Playlist. These pieces feature our instrument of the week– the upright bass!

“A Bicyclette” by Michel Zenino

“Concerto in B minor for Double-bass and Orchestra

“Allegro” by Giovanni Bottesini

Day 4 – Exploration

Age 0-1: Stomp around like elephants to “The Carnival of the Animals: Elephants” by Camille Saint-Saens. Help your little one feel that slow, steady pulsing by bouncing them up and down on the floor or in your lap!
right to left, or criss-crossing their arms, or touching opposite toes. For the littlest babies, you can hold a shaker to the right or left of them and encourage them to reach with their opposite arm for it.

Age 1-4: Stomp around like elephants to “The Carnival of the Animals: Elephants” by Camille Saint-Saens. Encourage imaginative play in your little one: give yourself big floppy ears with your hands, or use your arms as trunks or tails as you both move to the music.

Day 5 – Exploration

Homemade castanets!

Or jingle bell anklets!

Day 6 – Dance Party!

Pull up our Dance Party Playlist and and cut a rug together!

Song for Melody of the Week: “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift

Songs for Rhythm of the Week: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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