Musically Montessori: Nutcracker Suite for Little Kids
Did You Know That This eCourse Is Also Included In My Musically Montessori Winter BUNDLE?
Welcome to Musically Montessori eCourses!
THIS COURSE IS SEASONAL:
OPEN BETWEEN OCT. 15th AND DEC. 1st each year
This is a really fun mini eCourse for Preschool Educators, that is filled with music, drama, puppets, scarves, rhythm instruments, dancing, and even performing (if you so desire!) In four lessons, you'll train with me to learn the ins-and-outs of managing a group music circle, while offering lots of important skills-building experiences for young children.
Over the years I have discovered that the music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet Suite is an amazing and lovely way to introduce young children to the Orchestra, to Ballet, to Tchaikovsky, and above all, to a fun way to celebrate the winter season through music!
Watch the slide show to get a glimpse of the fun!
What is in this mini eCourse?
This on-line course, "Nutcracker Suite for Little Kids", is designed to give you some fun ideas, lots of tools, and complete instructions for enjoying these lessons with your group!
As a Montessori classroom teacher and music specialist, I base all of my work on these principles:
Montessori Method: sequential, hands-on, sensorial, activities that children explore through purposeful movement
Orff-Schulwerk Music Education: body percussion, rhythm echoes, repetition and dramatization that comes naturally to children
TRY THIS: You can offer these lessons over the course of several weeks by introducing a new lesson each week and then providing follow-up activities as shelf works to reinforce the ideas during the week.
OR THIS: You can plan one huge week of jam-packed music fun by offering a lesson each day and filling your environment with the magic of Tchaikovsky's music.
HOW ABOUT THIS IDEA: You can offer this Unit during your "Winter Camp" when your regular classes are not in session. This is wonderful for a smaller group of children, especially if you culminate it all with an actual excursion to a matinee performance of the "Nutcracker Ballet Performance". The parents of your group will be more than willing to pay for their children's admission to the event. And, often, your local performing groups give special rates for school (and daycare) groups.
Here is what I will show you in this training.
First of all, there is a BONUS LESSON: "How to Manage Your Music Circle." This is very helpful if you are feeling the need for building your own skills at implementing a music curriculum. Learn my secrets to success!
Next, you will have my lesson ideas and strategies for :
- Introducing the children to the Orchestra with music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet Suite. With my instructional video, I'll show you exactly how I do this first music circle featuring Warm-ups, Movement, Focused Listening, Lesson Topic ("Orchestra"), & Rhythm Instruments
- Learning the Musical Story with Stick Puppets at Circle Time featuring Focused Listening & a Visual Explanation (with a downloadable picture book)
- Exploring the sounds of the instruments through Montessori style Games with cards, music recordings, and individualized shelf works
- Creating a "Mini Performance" or impromptu Classroom Drama-play with rhythm instruments, puppets, and props
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this course for Montessori educators only?
I have designed this course for Educators of all kinds: Teachers, Parents, Childcare Providers, and Montessori Classroom Directresses. I use the Montessori Method and the Orff-Schulwerk Music Education Method in al the lessons. There will be links in the handouts to explanations of Montessori and Orff-Schulwerk terminology. And, my instructional videos carefully show you how to implement these classic techniques in your teaching strategies.
Do I have to be a music teacher to benefit from this course?
No, not at all! This course is designed for all educators who want to develop their music curriculum in the early childhood setting, and have fun, too.
How long is this course open to students?
Once you are enrolled, you will be able to access this course for one year after your enrollment date. Even when the enrollment is closed for this course, the content is always open for enrolled students.
When can I start this course?
This course opens every year between Oct. 15th and Dec. 1st. After you enroll, you will be able to access all of the lessons at any time you choose for an entire year.
Are there materials I will need to use when taking this course?
Yes! There are rhythm instruments for the children that you will need to have on hand when offering the activities to your group. You will also need to have an mp3 player for the recordings we will use in the movement activities and the focused listening activities in the lessons. You can read my list of necessary materials right now by scrolling down to the section on this page starting with "Welcome".
What if I decide not to take the course? Can I get my money back?
Yes! I sincerely hope that you really like my course, however, if you find it is not for you, then you can withdraw. You will be eligible for a full refund if you decide after your first lesson, and within 3 days of your enrollment, that you would like to withdraw. Just contact me and I will arrange the refund ASAP.
Welcome! When you join the course you will need these materials
~ I have compiled a list of the materials you will need to get the most out of this course :
- Music sound system (ex: iPod with speaker)
- These unpitched rhythm instruments for you and the children:
- Rhythm Sticks: a pair for each child in your group and for each teacher in the setting. The rhythm sticks should be short (no longer than 8 inches) These are my favorites: Basic Beat rhythm sticks at Amazon.
- Finger Cymbals: a pair for each child in your group and for each teacher in the setting. I use this brand: Dozen Metal Finger Cymbals from US Toy at Amazon. (I usually have to replace the elastic on these every few years.)
- At least one each of these 6 instruments: One triangle, One tambourine, One set of Castanets, One hand drum, One child size cymbal with mallet. ****If budget allows, I suggest that you have triangles, tambourines, and castanets for each child in your group. Even two or three of each of these will make the activities work more smoothly for you and for the children. You only need ONE drum and ONE Cymbal (since these are LOUD!)
- Scarves for movement activities: one for each child, but, I cut these scarves in half so that each child can have two, one for each hand: Rhythm Band Large Multi-Color Rhythm Scarves (pack of 12)
3. A way to print off the visuals from the pdf file for each week's activity (and a laminating system as well)
5. A way to download mp3 recordings from Amazon or iTunes AND/OR a way to purchase the recorded music we will be using in the lessons (ex: Music from Mozart, recordings from Frank Leto, etc.)
6. Time set aside to watch the 15 minute videos, review the lesson plans, prepare the materials you will need and to practice a little beforehand
- Tambourines with heads: one for each child and teacher if your budget allows, otherwise rhythm sticks can be used instead. There are several music selections in this course that really emphasize the sound of the tambourine. It is really nice if every child can have a tambourine for some of these activities. When buying lots of tambourines, I use this brand: Rhode Island Novelty 5 in. mini tambourines Pack of 12. at Amazon. I use tambourines often in my Montessori music classes.
- Castanets, at least one for each child. We will hear the Orchestra castanets playing in the "Chocolate Dance" (or Spanish Dance) and it is wonderful for the children to be able to play along with their own castanets. I have just about fallen in love with castanets. (the wooden ones only...plastic ones have a harsh sound) Castanets are so very good for the development of the pincer grasp needed for writing! I like the ones from Suzuki. (see above link)
- At least one high quality pitched instrument (ex: Montessori brass bells, a true sounding Glockenspiel, etc.) The children will actually hear the Glockenspiel in many of the music selections from the Nutcracker, so it is very nice to have one to show them and pass around the circle to allow them to explore.