Kindergarten music is a time for exploration and exposure to musical experiences. The main goal of this first formal year of music education is to foster a love for musical learning. Other goals for kindergarten students are to develop an awareness of music in their everyday lives, learn to control their singing voice, accurately match pitch, maintain a steady beat, use meaningful movement and dramatization to express emotions, develop a basic music vocabulary, and develop pre-literacy skills in music.
At the beginning of the year students learn songs about the alphabet, colors, counting, and the fall. They also learn a new rhythm instrument during each lesson.
During December, students discuss a variety of winter holidays and traditions. They explore songs from different cultures.
Beginning in January, the students begin to learn musical concepts. The focus is on musical opposites: fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low.
The remainder of the year is spent using the musical knowledge they have learned to make music, play singing games, and move appropriately to music.