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At Fiddlesticks Music singing is unaccompanied in order that the child can more accurately hear and begin to learn the melodies. The voice is a powerful instrument; with Fiddlesticks Music they will learn to enjoy learning to express the instrument that they have and linking it to the visual and physical stimulus that they use to embed the learning experience.

Fiddlesticks music is founded on the Kodaly Philosophy.  The Kodaly Philosophy is based on the principles of Zoltan Kodaly. He believed that in the same way one has a mother tongue, the language spoken at home; one also has a mother tongue of music. This is expressed in native folk music and traditional rhymes. These folk traditions are not as strong in Britain but they are perhaps more diverse. It is important to continue to use traditional folk tunes and nursery rhymes in order that our heritage is not lost. There are also many good contemporary children’s songs available for use in pre-school situations.

Kodaly considered unaccompanied singing to be the most natural form of creating music. He felt it important for a child to hear their own voice and the voices of the children around them. They need to hear the pure sound of a voice with which they can learn pitch and melody without the complications of accompaniment.

Developing movements to accompany singing is another feature to Kodaly’s philosophy. The children move to their own singing with swaying, clapping, tapping, stepping and other playful and rhythmical actions. With older pre-school children more creative mime and circle games can be taught.

Using Kodaly principals a child will acquire an intrinsic understanding of the structure of music. For example a child will more accurately anticipate a musical rest, increase a tempo, or sway to the beat of a song. This will be reinforced through play and the repetition that naturally occurs in play. With older children, using play and an extending repertoire of songs and games, musical concepts can be taught. Contrasts of fast and slow, soft and loud, high and low are the first steps. The aim is to continually train the child’s musical ear.

As the child’s vocal cords develop, using only songs of a limited and obtainable vocal range helps them to pitch with accuracy. With that accuracy comes success, confidence and pleasure in their own voices.

Fiddlesticks Music for under 5's

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