The goal of Jemicy’s Lower School music curriculum is to provide an extensive musical education in a fun, non-threatening atmosphere. The program is designed to be cumulative, building on the inner joy and magic of being a child and learning through guided fun. Learning through play is highly encouraged in the music classroom and various musical games are used to improve fine and gross motor coordination, visual perception, auditory perception, and auditory memory. All learning is centered around the belief that creating music is an innate human experience regardless of perceived talent.
The curriculum pulls from a variety of different methods, and classes typically begin with the introduction of a song or rhythmic chant before adding instrumentation, improvisation, physical interpretation, or dramatic vignettes. Basic musical skills developed include singing, rhythm, instrumentation, listening, and movement. The same way that a child speaks before they read, Jemicy’s music program believes in making music before reading music.