Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sing, Sing, Sing with me

sing out loud and clear
to tell the people everywhere
that music time is here

Preschool Music
Fall 2008
Instructor: Painted Maypole

Office: Around the Maypole
I do not hold regular office hours. If you need to reach me you can call the school office. I will, hoewever, be happy to give you a big hug and chat amicably with you whenever I run into you at the store, the park, etc.

Class hours: Monday mornings, in 20 minute chunks. Your teacher will bring you to me, you needn't worry about your exact class time. You can't tell time, anyways.

Description: This class encourages students to move, sing and use instruments, thereby fostering a life-long love of music.

Course objectives: In addition to the main objective of keeping the children contained in one space and not injuring each other or themselves, the instructor hopes to introduce the children to music, rhyming, rhythm and group silliness.

Required supplies: A good attitude. All other items (shakers, rhythm sticks, rainbow scarves, hula hoops, etc) will be provided by the school.

Grading: All children will pass music with flying colors (literally, when we use the rainbow scarves). No grades necessary.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend music class unless they are suffering from green snot, a fever, or head lice. In those cases, please stay home. Family trips to Disney World will be excused, as long as you can sing me a Disney song upon your return.

Classroom rules of contact: Unless we are all holding hands in a circle, please keep your hands to yourself. When we are pretending to be dinosaurs, do not bite your friends. Please follow directions. Please only talk when it is your turn to do so, and do not tell a long story about the dog down the street from you that got hit by a car or about what you watched on television last night while the instructor is trying to teach a new song.

Discipline: If you are not able to follow the rules you will be asked to sit with your boring classroom teacher while the rest of your class has a fun time in music.

Schedule: Because the instructor reserves the right to lead you in whatever musical activity strikes her fancy, or matches your energy level, that day no specific schedule is provided. However, the course will begin with songs that introduce the structure of the class as well as introduce us to each other. We will include lots of songs with movement, and will begin our use of instruments with shakers. We will explore volume and pitch. In October we will sing Halloween songs, and in November we will sing fall and Thanksgiving songs, as well as begin practicing for our final performance.

Final Performance: Although this class is largely for the simple joy of making music together, the fall semester will culminate in a holiday performance for a select audience of family and friends. All students will be encouraged, but not forced, to participate. A performance is considered a success if students look cute and their parents get a good picture. Actually singing the songs and doing the hand motions is purely icing on the cake.


This post has been a Monday Mission. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to write a post in the form of a Class Syllabus. If you do, please use the widget below to link to your post. And check out all the the other syllabi. (or syllabuses or syllabus, there is apparently some debate over the correct plural form. Blogger's spell check votes against "syllabi," apparently)

Join us next week when our Mission will be to write a post in the form of a badly written essay (inspired by Bea's post about the things that drive her nuts about the essays she has to read).


Sarcasta-Mom said...

Yeah! I did me a Monday Mission- finally. Hopefully I'll be able to remember next week too :)

Louise said...

Excellent! Humorous. Realistic. My favorite how the success of the final program will be determined!

Very big smile for my day!

Mary Beth said...

At that level, can they help not being cute? Standing still long enough to allow pictures is another matter:)

carrie said...

I love your attendance policy. Sigh. Now if only the parents of Katie's schoolmates could follow something like that! :)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

"You can't tell time anyways" - LOL!!!

Chaotic Joy said...

Wait. I think I actually teach this class.

E said...

I wanna come!

(I also want not to be able to tell time. What an odd old blessing that was)

imbeingheldhostage said...

That was great! I will try not to bite or be verbose. I can't wait for class to start!

Sorry I didn't play this week, my head weighs more than my body (head cold) and I'm having a hard time remembering names, much less think creatively.

nomotherearth said...

Ha! I consider any venture a success if I get a good picture.

MamaGeek said...

Yeah, I think I might teach this class too!

womaninawindow said...

NO biting!

If only we could all follow this simple rule. Life would be a whole lot painless!

Alex Elliot said...

Rainbow scarves?! How do I sign up?

Mary G said...

Love it -- and it is so, so true.