Early Childhood Performing Arts
Music and Movement
- Early Childhood Level I students experience music and creative movement as a combined course of study. Students in EC 1 are taught by Ms. Allison Schumaker. Students in EC 2, 3 and 4 are jointly taught by Ms. Schumaker (below) and Ms. Jenny Burnett (right). Basic movement concepts covered are body, space, time, effort, energy and relationships between people and things. Basic music concepts covered are steady beat, exploring sound sources, rhythmic speech, rhythmic movement and the singing voice.
- Early Childhood Level II students experience music and creative movement as separate classes. Students in EC 4, 5 and 6 come to Ms. Schumaker for music and Ms. Burnett for creative movement. The core content remains the same as EC Level I, while students' awareness and capacity for working with these concepts expands as they mature.
Structured Dalcroze Eurhythmics activities, where the students respond to previously recorded or teacher generated music, are a backbone of the Early Childhood music and movement curriculum. Eurhythmics classes use music, movement and rhythm to develop sensory motor skills and build a foundation for music education by capitalizing on the child's natural sense of creative expression.