Goals/Outcomes

Melodies & ABC’s has been created to develop your child’s musical skills as well as support their developmental growth from 6 months to 6 years.  We’ve structured the program to introduce musical/academic concepts when it is age appropriate and provide your child the chance to master skills.  Programming and songs change from semester to semester, but the format of the sessions remain the same.

Upon completion, the 2 main goals of Melodies & ABC’s are to have your child ready for private lessons on an instrument of your family’s choice and be ready to succeed in school.

Here is a brief overview of some of the outcomes and instruments/manipulatives used for each of the age groups.

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12-17 MONTHS

Children’s Outcomes

  • Exposure to a variety of sensory stimulation
  • Beginning clapping waving and reaching
  • Language acquisition
  • Supported standing
  • Bonding with parent

Parent/Guardian’s Outcomes

  • Learn a variety of new songs to sing/play with child at home
  • Introduction to new musical stories
  • Meet other parents
  • Parental growth and family bonding

Instruments/Manipulatives used

  • Age appropriate bells/shakers
  • Gathering drum
  • Guitar
  • Recorded music
  • Books
  • Etc.


6-12 MONTHS

Children’s Outcomes

  • Beginning of independent play
  • Body part identification
  • Assisted/independent walking
  • Clapping/waving/high fives etc.

Parent/Guardian’s Outcomes

  • Learn a variety of new songs to sing play with child at home
  • Introduction to new musical stories
  • Meet other parents
  • Parental growth and family bonding

Instruments/Manipulatives used

  • Age appropriate bells shapers/drums
  • Gathering drum
  • Guitar
  • Recorded Music
  • Books
  • Lollipop Drum
  • Scarves
  • Etc.


18-24 mos

Children’s Outcomes

  • Mastery of independent play
  • Increase vocabulary (receptive/ expressive)
  • Gross motor (walking, running, spinning, intro to jumping etc.)
  • Following 1 step directions
  • Sequencing chains of of 1 step directions

Parent/Guardian’s Outcomes

  • Learn a variety of new songs to sing/play with child at home
  • New musical stories
  • Age appropriate recorded music
  • Parental growth and family bonding

Instruments/Manipulatives used

  • Tambourines
  • Shakers
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Rope/parachute
  • Rainsticks/Ocean Drum
  • Books
  • Recorded Music
  • Etc.


2 year olds

Children’s Outcomes

  • Musical concepts taught at a subconscious level (fast/slow, high/low, soft/loud etc.)
  • Transferring musical knowledge from gross motor to fine motor.
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Shapes, numbers, colours
  •  Introduction to being a leader/making choices
  • Introduction to imaginary play

Parent/Guardian’s Outcomes

  • Learn a variety of new songs to sing/play with child at home
  • New musical stories
  • Age appropriate recorded music
  • Parental growth and family bonding

Instruments/Manipulatives used

  • Castanets
  • Shape Shakers
  • Bells
  • Rhythm Sticks
  • Shape Drums
  • Visual Aids
  • Parachute
  • Recorded Music
  • Books
  • Etc.


3 year olds

Children’s Outcomes

  • Bringing musical concepts to a conscious level (Low/high sounds (pitch), steady beat, louds/softs(dynamics), solo playing (playing alone in front of the group)
  • Finding their singing voice
  • Academic concepts (letters, counting, preliteracy/writing skills)

Parent/Guardian’s Outcomes

  • Introduction to basic musical concepts
  • Age appropriate stories and recorded songs
  • Parental growth andfamily bonding

Instruments/Manipulatives used

  • Hand held percussion
  • Boomwhackers
  • Bells
  • Xylophones
  • Recorded Music
  • Books
  • Etc.


4-5 year olds

Children’s Outcomes

  • Solidifying musical concepts: Reading/creating rhythms (eigth notes, quarter notes, half notes), musical scale/pitch, harmony (chords) and dynamics (piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte and forte).
  • Rhyming
  • Ear training/instrument identification

Parent/Guardian’s Outcomes

  • Securing basic musical concepts
  • Assessing their school readiness
  • Parental growth and family bonding
  • Age appropriate musical stories and books

Instruments/Manipulatives used

  • Hand held percussion
  • Gathering drum
  • Melody Bells/Resonator Bells
  • Boomwhackers
  • Guitar
  • Books
  • Recorded Music


5-6 year olds (Instrument Sampler Year)

Children’s Outcomes

  • Transfer musical knowledge from 4-5 yr old program onto each of the instruments
  • Introduction to piano, ukulele, violin
  • A chance to figure out which instrument they are interested in playing for private
    lessons

Parent/Guardian’s Outcomes

  • Introduction to the specific instruments
  • A low risk investment to see if your child is interested in music lessons and which instrument they are best suited for.
  • Parental growth and family bonding

Instruments/Manipulatives used

  • Piano
  • Ukulele
  • Violins
  • (instruments are provided in class, no practice is required at home between classes)