Mary Grondahl Beiningen (Molly)
Music Development Specialist
15080 S. E. Laurie Avenue
Milwaukie, OR 97267-2536
Phone & fax: (503) 659-1343
MUSICMAKERS AT THE KEYBOARD,
ages 6.5 – 9 years
MusicMakers at the Keyboard is a comprehensive approach to learning music. This is much more than being able to name notes or differentiate quarter and half notes. Comprehensive musicianship leads a child to music literacy, the ability to “hear in one’s head” music on the page. The musically literate person will also be able to figure how to play the melody, harmony, and rhythm of a piece he/she hears, not always needing to see the written musical notation.
MusicMakers at the Keyboard is a group method. Studying the piano in a group setting, singing games and movement activities are naturally a part of the experience. The group also allows children to learn from each other, overcome performance anxiety, build community and have fun!
MusicMakers at the Keyboard is an aural approach. Years of experience have shown us that children learn to read and truly understand musical notation only after they have a strong aural foundation in place. Keyboard skills are layered on at an appropriate pace, allowing the aural foundation to be both established and reinforced, even as many songs are learned and harmonized in Major and minor keys, playing with both hands!
MusicMakers at the Keyboard lays the groundwork for keyboard success! With the variety of activities in each class, children become independent musicians: playing the keyboards, drumming and dancing, singing, echoing and identifying patterns, composing and taking musical dictation. They have both a love of music and a love of their repertoire.
Children who participate in two to three years of MusicMakers at the Keyboard not only possess a strong desire to make music, they have the aural and keyboard skills that prepare them for further piano study, as well as whatever musical adventures the future holds.
ORFF RECORDER, ages 6.5 to 9
These groups involve singing, moving, playing Orff instruments as accompaniments to their building musically-pleasing recorder technique, improvising, rhythmic and tonal sight-reading.