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Music & Motion: The Fun of the Fundamentals

Music & Motion: The Fun of the Fundamentals

Music & Motion: The Fun of the Fundamentals is an all-encompassing course that introduces rhythm, melody, and the magic of movement.  

From mastering basic beats with percussion instruments and crafting simple melodies on xylophones to expressing emotions through dance with scarves and ribbons, students explore the vast landscape of music and movement. Engaging activities like animal dances, musical statues, and a parachute play culminate in a vibrant final performance. This journey nurtures a comprehensive musical and physical education, celebrating creativity and collaboration.

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  • About Music & Motion: The Fun of the Fundamentals

    Aligned with the National Core Arts Standards, Music & Motion offers an immersive experience where students explore rhythm, melody, and movement. This course combines engaging activities in drumming, clapping, and imaginative play to teach fundamental musical concepts. Students will enhance their rhythmic skills using body percussion and instruments like drums and tambourines, craft simple melodies with xylophones, and express emotions through dance with scarves and ribbons. The course culminates in a vibrant performance, showcasing students' newfound musical and movement talents, fostering creativity, collaboration, and a deep appreciation for the arts.

  • Focus Areas

    Rhythms and Beats: Students will dive into the basics of rhythm, using body percussion and instruments like drums and tambourines to create and perform dynamic rhythmic patterns.

    Melodies and Songs: Students will explore the enchanting world of melody, learning to sing, recognize musical notation, and create simple tunes using instruments like xylophones and glockenspiels.

    Music and Movement: Students will blend music with expressive dance, using props such as scarves and ribbons to explore various genres and enhance their physical coordination and creativity.

  • Mastery of Basic Musical Concepts

    Students will gain a foundational understanding of rhythm and melody, learning to recognize musical notation and create simple rhythmic patterns and melodies using instruments like drums and xylophones.

  • Expression Through Movement

    Students will develop the ability to express themselves through movement, exploring various music genres and using props such as scarves, ribbons, and balloons to enhance their dance performances, fostering creativity and physical coordination.

  • Collaborative Performance Skills

    Students will culminate their learning experience by collaboratively planning and executing a final performance that showcases their integrated skills in music and movement, demonstrating teamwork, creativity, and a deeper appreciation for the arts.

Sample Lessons

These lessons offer a glimpse into the vibrant and dynamic world of Music & Motion, where students can immerse themselves in the joy of musical expression. This enriching educational adventure combines the rhythmic excitement of drumming and clapping, the melodic beauty of singing and playing instruments, and the expressive power of dance and movement. Students will enhance their musical and physical skills, master the fundamentals of rhythm and melody, and develop a profound appreciation for the performing arts.

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Beat Masters: Exploring Rhythms with Drums and Tambourines

Unleash your inner percussionist as you dive into the world of rhythms. This lesson will have students drumming, clapping, and stomping to various beats, learning to create and perform dynamic rhythmic patterns that get everyone moving.

Melody Makers: Crafting Tunes with Xylophones and Glockenspiels

Discover the magic of melody in this engaging lesson. Students will explore the basics of musical notation and learn to play simple, enchanting melodies on xylophones and glockenspiels, bringing their musical ideas to life.

Dance Extravaganza: Expressing Music Through Movement

Combine music and dance in a whirlwind of creativity! This lesson encourages students to express themselves through movement, using scarves, ribbons, and balloons to enhance their dance routines, and exploring different music genres to inspire their moves.

Storytime Rhythms: Creating Musical Tales

Blend storytelling with music in this imaginative lesson. Students will use rhythmic patterns and percussion instruments to bring stories to life, creating captivating narratives that combine the art of storytelling with the excitement of rhythm and beat.

Final Showcase: A Celebration of Music and Motion

Prepare for a grand finale where students showcase everything they've learned. This lesson focuses on rehearsing and perfecting a group performance, combining their skills in rhythm, melody, and dance to create a vibrant, collaborative presentation that celebrates their musical journey.

Course Format

Our curriculum is designed to blend the dynamic structure of afterschool programs with the proven 5E instructional model—Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.

Each phase is crafted to captivate and retain student interest, fostering a seamless and enriched learning experience.

- We start with the "Engage Phase" to spark curiosity with captivating visuals and prompts.

- In the "Explore Phase," students set out on their educational journey with clear objectives, supported by an environment that embraces learning from mistakes.

- The "Explain Phase" delivers foundational knowledge that is often cross-curricular in nature.

- The "Elaborate Phase" involves hands-on projects and activities, with bonus crafts and literacy integrations.

- The journey culminates in the "Evaluate Phase," where students reflect on their achievements and connect their learning to real-world applications.

This structured yet flexible approach ensures every student benefits from a comprehensive, engaging, and reflective educational experience.

Our Instructors Are Our Top Asset

At BAM!, our vision for innovative K-8 education extends beyond just curriculum; it encompasses the educators who bring that curriculum to life. Selecting & training our educators is a continuous and meticulous process, ensuring they are not just equipped with subject matter expertise but also the skills to inspire and connect with students on a personal level.

  • 100% adult educators recruited from prestigious universities ( No CITs at BAM!)
  • Highly refined interview and background check process 
  • Extensive training that goes well beyond curriculum & classroom management
  • Ongoing year-round opportunities to teach in our summer camp. After-school, and structured recess programs.

We celebrate your success!

Upon the conclusion of your child's program, they will be presented with an official Brains & Motion Education certification.