PRESCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMME PILOTED WITH CORPUS CHRISTI PRIMARY SCHOOL MOYROSS
During 2012 the Learning Hub in partnership with Corpus Christi Primary School and Moyross Creche developed a music education pilot to help introduce pre-school age students to their local school. A customised music programme was devised by Julie Tiernan and Thomas Johnson and rolled out a number of times in the school very successfully.
Principal Tiernan O’Neill developed a wonderful music room to welcome parents, creche staff and our music team into the school. Within weeks parents and children took to the programme with great enthusiasm.The secret to its success is in the great spirit of partnership working entered into by all involved. We are delighted that Music Generation www.musicgeneration.ie is now offering other preschool aged music programmes around the city so keep an eye out for programmes in your area.
How does it work?
Each session begins with live music performed by a group of professional musicians, exposing the children and their parents to a diverse range of sounds and musical genres. Access to live music is an important element of this project.
Aspects of music such as; tonality, rhythm and composition are explored in a fun and interactive way with both children and parents. Games that touch on pulse, pitch, duration and tempo are incorporated into weekly activities. Singing represents a natural and instantaneous way of making music. At preschool age many aspects of a child’s singing voice have yet to be developed. During this programme, singing encourages a sense of confidence and provides an accelerated route towards musical development. Future links with the Music Hub at the Learning Hub are encouraged and this ensures that music remains a part of the lives of participants from early years in primary school. Already parents feedback is that the music and games learned are proving to be a big hit at home and form part of “special time” between parent and child throughout the week. To date over 50 children and parents have been involved in this programme in collaboration with Moyross Creche, Corpus Christi Creche and Corpus Christi Primary School. .