Preschool Music Lesson Plans w/ Mr. Rob & the Prodigies Playground
Free Music Lesson, Lesson Plans, Sheet Music and Worksheets from the Prodigies Music Curriculum
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Preschool Music Lesson Plans
If you’re looking for fresh lesson plans and ideas for your preschool music classes, then welcome to your new favorite website!
Preschool Prodigies is series of video music lessons designed to bring meaningful and accessible musical play to your classroom.
Even if you don’t know anything about music, you’ll soon have your class singing in tune and playing their first musical instrument!
Preschool Prodigies is a series of videos, books and methods that will get your kids singing, hand-signing and playing their way to a music education in no time.
Video Lessons: Each week you will have a video lesson to watch and complete with your class. Most of the videos focus on playing colorful deskbells, singing with the Curwen (Solfége) Hand Signs or tapping and clapping simple rhythms.
Lesson Plans: Each video lesson also has a corresponding lesson plan that
- explains the lesson objectives and rationale
- offers extra games and small group activities to complete with students
- presents summarizing questions, and
- looks forward to next week for the sake of context
Integrated Workbooks: Each video lesson also has several integrated worksheets for your students. They are organized into Chapter workbooks and divided into sections specific to each lesson. For instance, the first week is Chapter 1, Lesson 1, and is labeled as 1.1.
Typically, each section has a song sheet that presents the sheet music for this week’s lesson, as well as worksheets that reinforce the musical concepts in the videos and other basic preschool concepts like colors, handwriting and patterning.
Letter to Parents: The text description of each week’s lesson can also be printed and sent home to families. Families can reinforce the concepts through vocabulary and conversation or complete other worksheets inside the workbook’s section 1.1.
Families can also access the videos from home for extra practice on a piano, with bells, Boomwhackers, or just with the hand-signs!
Check out the first lesson, Hello C below!
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The Sing, Sign & Play Starter Program contains…
- 10 Streaming Video Music Lessons to get your kids singing call and response rhythms, hand-signing with Solfege, and even playing their first musical instrument
- Our BRAND NEW Solfege Hand-Sign Poster (legal sized printable)
- 12+ Pages of Colorful Sheet Music, 2 Video Downloads, 2 Sweet Beets mp3s and more!
The Starter Program features lessons from Preschool Prodigies, PsP Melodies & Primary Prodigies, so you can get a good look at the whole range of our full-length curriculum, the Prodigies Playground.
What to expect inside the Starter Program…
Plus, you’ll get downloadable versions of the Part 1 videos and mp3s so you can make the most out of Sweet Beets.
Plus, you can print out our Solfege Hand Sign poster for lots more musical play with the Solfege Hand Signs!
If you need an instrument, you can grab our iOS instrument or a get a real-life set of C Major Deskbells from the Prodigies Shop.
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Parent, Teacher and Student Testimonials
The Lifelong Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument
Did you know that playing a musical instrument is like doing a full body workout for your brain? It’s been linked to all kinds of cognitive, social and developmental benefits for kids and adults both!
Playing an instrument combines both hemispheres of the brain in a way that other activities never do.
Plus, playing an instrument is a ton of fun and a life-long skill that will fill your house with music.
Meaningful Play with Individual Musical Notes
Ever wonder what it takes to give children a knack for music? It’s really all about meaningful play with individual notes during the critical years of auditory development.
And while that might sound fancy and scientific, it’s really quite simple! Learn more about meaningful play with pitch in the following video, or read on to see how our program, the Prodigies Playground, gives you and your kids a super easy way to implement this kind of musical play today!
“I can’t get her off her keyboard“
– Jarrod, Australia
“Mr. Rob is fun, energetic and engaging!“
– Freja’s Mom
“She’s obsessed with Sweet Beets“
– Parker’s Mom
“My kids are both eagerly singing and playing along, often in tune too. They give ‘concerts’ to anyone who happens to be around after a music lesson. I love how your program made our house come alive with music! Thank you so much!”
– Marina, South Africa
Using our revolutionary program, the Prodigies Playground, kids as young as 2 can learn to play their first musical instrument in a way that’s meaningful, accessible and fun!
Within minutes of starting the program, your house will come to life with music… we promise!!
Our program is delivered digitally on the internet, and we offer a 60 day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee.
What People Are Saying
“I was worried my kids might take after my husband as far as musical talent is concerned (his talents lie elsewhere), until we started following PsP. Our kids have been doing a leading international music programme designed for babies and small children since they were about 6 months old. To my disappointment, they never seemed particularly enthusiastic about music and my daughter, especially, never liked to sing. Now, my kids are both eagerly singing and playing along with Mr Rob’s videos – often in tune, too. They give ‘concerts’ to anyone who happens to be around after a music lesson to show off what they have learned (cue their long-suffering daddy). I love how your program made our house come alive with music! Thank you so much!” – Marina, South Africa
“If you believe in the power of music then this podcast is a must download. My kids can’t get enough of Mr. Rob. The program is fun and entertaining and simultaneously does a great job of developing music skills.” – Chris K
“In just 3 days she’s learned Twinkle Twinkle, Mary had a Little Lamb, Hot Cross Buns and she taught herself the chorus from Jingle Bells by herself using all her fingers. Tonight she has learned to identify and play C, F and G chords to Don’t Worry Be Happy. I can’t get her off her keyboard!” – Jarrod Graham
“Sweet Beet Rocks! My 3 year old loves this program! She is totally obsessed with Sweet Beets” – Katie Stevens
“Fun for my 4 year old! My daughter loves music and she loves these podcasts. She sings along, gets out her drums and beats along. Mr. Rob is fun, energetic, and engaging. Thank you!” – Freja’s Mom
What Is Preschool Prodigies?
Preschool Prodigies is an early education music curriculum that is colorful, accessible and easy to implement for teachers who have zero musical training.
Whether you are a class of 15 or a school group with 100 centers, Preschool Prodigies is your solution to music curriculum and ancillary music programming.
The curriculum is centered around a series of videos hosted by a beloved preschool music teacher, Mr. Rob. In the videos, Mr. Rob introduces individual musical notes and concepts in a way that is slow, easy to understand and relatable for kids and adults alike.
Children enjoy the colorful, musical repetition and silly interactions with Mr. Rob while they develop their sense for music through consistent and meaningful exposure to pitch.
For young children (2-5), these bells make the ideal starting instrument. They stay in tune, they are difficult to break and most importantly, they allow your child to focus on a single (or a select few) musical notes.
The colors of the bells make identifying musical notes easy, and they match up with the world’s most popular note-coloring system, Chromanotes(TM). The colors create errorless musical play for your students, which helps develop their ability to predict and eventually memorize the sound of each different musical note.
The video lessons are paired step-by-step with integrated workbooks and songsheets. The workbooks give children a chance to practice the songs at their own pace, guide students in writing their own simple melodies and songs, and reinforce basic preschool skills like patterning, left and right, colors, numbers, letters and hand-writing.
My First Songbook Series
While the workbooks contain many nursery school classics and plenty of colorful song sheets, the Songbooks provide a concise collection of kid-friendly classics that are perfect for performances, learning new songs and practicing old favorites. While they do scale in difficulty and complexity as they progress, they are not directly integrated with the progression of videos, and therefore are meant as a supplement, bonus or classroom center.
Playing the bells with classic children’s songs is a great way to make your child’s musical play more memorable and our songbooks make it super easy to play famous melodies in minutes, even if you have no idea how to read music!
The songbooks with the bells make a great screen-free activity or great book to send home. They start out simple with 3 note songs and work their way up to 6 and 8 note songs.
The Hand Signs
The Curwen hand signs give kids a kinesthetic action to associate with each Solfege syllable. This helps children focus on their singing and even develop memorized pitch! Even babies can hand-sign which makes it a great introduction to pitch!
The program starts with 7 different hand signs in year 1. The 8th sign is higher “Do” (C) and it starts the pattern over again.
Though the Playground is designed around a set of colorful bells, the videos and curriculum can be easily used with a piano as well. All it takes is some inexpensive color coded stickers and any piano is instantly PSP friendly. Complete the curriculum once with the bells, and go back a second time through on the piano.
Everything PsP is color coded to match the popular classroom instrument, Boomwhackers. While they’re a little harder to play for one person (as they involve picking up, striking and putting back down) they are great in group settings or if you turn them into a xylophone!
A Quick Look at the Prodigies Playground
The three previews below give a good sample of what our three main series (all included in the Playground) look like. We’re also working on new material almost all the time that you’ll always have access to as a Playground member.
It features lots of call and response play with basic rhythms, the C Major Bells, and the Solfege Hand Signs.
The series also begins to transition learners toward black and white sheet music and toward being able to sight-sing.
Primary Prodigies is a more advanced level for elementary school students (6-12).
It focuses on playing more properly notated sheet music, more difficult songs and concepts and a lot more musical vocabulary.
Your Kids Will…
Sing and Hand-Sign with Solfége
Singing with Solfége (Do, Re, Mi etc.) is the foundation of many early music programs. Just watch the Sound of Music again, and you’ll remember just how fun “Do Re Mi” can be.
We’ve also adopted the Curwen Hand Signs to give Solfége a kinesthetic component. The kinesthetic component helps develop memorized pitch as well as helps give shy singers a way to interact and slowly come out of their shell! Because the hand signs are color- coded with the rest of the program, it means that even if you don’t have a set of bells on hand, you can follow along with the appropriate hand signs.
Learn to Play an Instrument
TED Ed’s Anita Collins called playing a musical instrument “the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout,” which makes a lot of sense. Playing an instrument takes coordination, good timing and a mind dedicated to practicing, and it rewards you in all kinds of amazing ways.
By giving young children the color-coded bells, you’ve got an almost error-proof instrument that will stay in tune and is always ready to go. That makes the instrument more approachable than piano or guitar, so kids can focus on developing their coordination abilities and their sense of how the musical sounds go together without getting frustrated over their lack of fine motor control.
This means your child can get into the habit of practicing their instrument on their own, which helps turn them into an independent and life-long learner!
Develop a Musical Ear
Did you know that children who receive meaningful play with pitch during the preschool years grow up with a sense for pitch that is 7-8 times greater than children who don’t receive play with pitch? The bells make it easy to give young kids meaningful play with individual pitches, while the videos present musical concepts in a fun and understandable way that will teach your child to recognize notes and chords, thus improving their sense of relative and perfect pitch.
Inside the Playground, we play listening games that practice listening to individual notes as well as chords. We present the listening exercises much in the way the Taneda method does, which has been giving children perfect pitch since the 1980s.
Develop a Sense of Rhythm
Through call and response songs like Sweet Beets, and easy to follow rhythmic notation modeled off Note Knacks, we help your child develop their life long sense of rhythm. Whether you’re clapping along, drumming along, or banging some Boomwhackers like there’s no tomorrow, Mr. Rob’s energy and enthusiasm around all things rhythmic shines through and your child will be Ta-Ta-Ti-Ti-Taing themselves to sleep each night!
Sing About Colors, Numbers and Letters
While singing and hand-signing with Solfége is great, we recognize that there are many ways to talk about the language of music. By singing about colors, scale degrees (the numbers one through eight), and the musical note names (A, B, C, D, E, F, G), not only do we reinforce the sounds of music, but we reinforce basic preschool concepts like letters and counting. It’s true that we’re usually only dealing with 8 colors, letters and numbers, but the variation is both fun and confidence-boosting for young learners.
Practice Reading Music
Teaching young children to read music is a big point of contention amongst music educators. Some people think it’s the only way to go, while others think it’s definitely the wrong thing to focus on.
Here at PsP, we believe that reading music is a skill that’s much easier learned by school-age children and that preschool children should focus on developing their musical ear.That’s essentially why we made a color-coded system, so that you don’t have to read music to play along. The colors guide you much the way labeling the notes can guide you.
This removes the biggest barrier and frustration from playing music: learning to read the grand staff. Instead, we focus on unleashing your child’s musical enthusiasm and creativity.
That said, plenty of the videos feature the treble clef, but WITH the color-coded notes. We do talk about how to read music on the staff, but we aren’t forcing them to learn the lines and spaces with black and white music just yet.
This gets children acquainted with the treble clef without forcing them to understand it perfectly. The latter third of the program does specifically focus on the treble clef. Through songs like “Every Girl Buys Dresses Friday” and “Face in the Space,” Mr. Rob introduces the treble clef in a way that’s colorful and fun.
Write Songs and Complete Cross-Curricular Activities
The integrated workbooks will have your kids writing their own songs, tracing the letters of the musical notes and much, much more. The workbooks reinforce basic preschool skills while teaching children the language of music!
Learn Basic Piano/Keyboard Skills
Toward the end of the program, Mr. Rob introduces children to the piano and shows them the parallels between the bells we’ve been playing and the piano keyboard. He introduces some basic techniques and hand positions before inviting kids to try some of the previous lessons, as well as some piano specific lessons, using their new techniques.
Everyday Boo has music lessons w/ his bells! This is called Preschool Prodigies. It teaches solfege, simple songs, chords, and all sorts of other musical things. He hits his little bells and sings part of the songs.
He can already sing on pitch and knows several of the solfege names and their pitches. He doesn’t hit the right bell just yet in accordance with the correct pitch, but we are working on that. Children are never too young to learn music and sing on pitch. Just because he is two doesn’t mean he has to do “cute, off pitch” singing. Teach them early! Boo spends about 30 mins doing this…not because I make him but because he wants to. He gets so excited when I get his bells out!
– Michael Mandy Lining
““I have a 9 year old and a 4 month old… and they both LOVE the program on two very different levels! My four-month-old enjoys the overall music, rhythms and beats…and mirrors us with as much coordination as she can muster.
Her favorite is when I pull out the drums!!! She just goes to town!!! My 9 year old enjoys participating as is and if it happens to be a little too easy for him, he will just pick up his recorder and play along with that! Such a great program!! Thank you!”
– Krissy Fulton, Mother of 2
As a mother, I love watching my young children grow a passion for music. This past spring I started my two oldest children, who were 7, in piano lessons. I also wanted to start my 4 year old as well, but the level of discipline and understanding to comprehend the keys and notes on a piano were above her capabilities at the time.
Now, thanks to Preschool Prodigies, she is able to learn note and key recognition, giving her the ability to grow a passion for music and understand music theory before many music teachers will even accept her as a student.
Preschool Prodigies has created this program specifically for preschool age children, but based on my experience, my older children love it as much if not more than my younger ones. This makes it a great addition to any household.
Within ten minutes of reading through the workbook lessons and interacting on the website, my daughter was able to play multiple songs on the bells. I was impressed with her ability to read and play a song so quickly using the curriculum provided, including the Playground Access
– Reviews By Lila, ILoveMyKidsBlog.net
It is completely possible to teach a group of preschoolers using this programs. You can also us this program with your toddler or preschooler and learn more than one instrument.
– Monique Lise, EarlyLearningMom.com
Hi Rob, just want to say that we are really enjoying the curriculum! My daughter was amazed that she was able to write her own music!
– Rena Alexandra
“If you believe in the power of music then this podcast is a must download. My kids can’t get enough of Mr. Rob. The program is fun and entertaining and simultaneously does a great job of developing music skills.”
– Chris Kelly
“In just 3 days she’s learned Twinkle Twinkle, Mary had a Little Lamb, Hot Cross Buns and she taught herself the chorus from Jingle Bells by herself using all her fingers. Tonight she has learned to identify and play C, F and G chords to Don’t Worry Be Happy. I can’t get her off her keyboard!”
– Jarrod Graham
“Sweet Beet Rocks! My 3 year old loves this program! She is totally obsessed with Sweet Beets”
– Katie Stevens
“Fun for my 4 year old! My daughter loves music and she loves these podcasts. She sings along, gets out her drums and beats along. Mr. Rob is fun, energetic, and engaging. Thank you!”
– Freja’s Mom
How to get a sleeping three year old out of the car in 1.5 seconds, “Your bells have arrived!” I’m not sure if her or my wife was more excited! Just wanted to say how much we appreciate all your help getting this sorted out! She’s been playing for about 2 hours so far, finally got the lessons up in the tv for her.
– Shane Whitehead
“When I perused [the curriculum] I was completely blown away. The whole thing integrates so well with each other – the videos with the books, and the entire scope and sequence. This is a very carefully laid out, complete curriculum. Step one, step two, no guesswork on what to do, when to progress, etc.
The books are really cute too! The pacing and skills taught are perfect for preschoolers, but I would not hesitate to recommend it for older children too.”
– Tamsyn Spackman, Teaching-Children-Music.com
“I was worried my kids might take after my husband as far as musical talent is concerned (his talents lie elsewhere), until we started following PsP. Our kids have been doing a leading international music programme designed for babies and small children since they were about 6 months old. To my disappointment, they never seemed particularly enthusiastic about music and my daughter, especially, never liked to sing.
Now, my kids are both eagerly singing and playing along with Mr Rob’s videos – often in tune, too. They give ‘concerts’ to anyone who happens to be around after a music lesson to show off what they have learned (cue their long-suffering daddy). I love how your program made our house come alive with music! Thank you so much!”
– Marina, South Africa
“First of all, this curriculum is really effective. So far my classes are more fun, more satisfying, and getting every child to be engaged. So far, the students are singing very close to pitch and using fairly good singing voices. Also, the videos are very helpful to me as a teacher because I can spend more time watching the students for accuracy instead of the normal routine.”
– Nick (K-12 Music Teacher)
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That’s why we invite you to try Preschool Prodigies™ for 60 days. If it doesn’t work like you had imagined, simply let us know and we’ll refund your purchase price. No hard feelings. How does that sound?
We also offer a 30 Day Return Period on instruments, and if you receive a set of bells where one isn’t working, we’ll send you a replacement bell right away!
Our Team Is Standing By!
Preschool Prodigies and Young Music LLC are a family owned and operated company. As teachers, our students, schools and families are very important to us, which is why you can always shoot us and e-mail or pick up the phone and call the team directly.
Plus, if you call our support line, you might even get Mr. Rob himself on the phone!
We stay pretty busy making new content and running the company, but we love connecting with our customers over e-mail and phone. It makes the long hours behind the computer seem way less anti-social 🙂
If you ever have a question, a concern or a request, don’t hesitate to let us know. We generally respond in less than 48 hours, if not much sooner.
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Simply e-mail a screenshot of your cart (or send us a purchase order to mimic the cart) and we can follow up with a digital invoice that you can payonline or by check. We can also send you a quote for approval processes. Simply e-mail us at [email protected] and we will get back to you within 1-2 business days.
When it comes to implementing Preschool Prodigies in the classroom, it really could not get any easier. While similar music education programs come with platform specific software, hardware, and keyboard labs dependent on networking and routers, the PsP materials are classroom friendly and do not require any technical knowledge of computers (other than accessing our website).
Unlike most programs that require a lot of teacher implementation, lesson planning and guidance, the videos inside Preschool Prodigies take care of almost all of that for you. While a good teacher can certainly expand on the program, the program was designed to be accessible by anyone, of any age with no prior musical background.
As if the program wasn’t easy enough to follow, we have gone above and beyond to make Preschool Prodigies even easier to implement by providing
- Weekly lesson plans with suggested pacing, activities and follow-ups
- Teacher talking points and guidance for each video i.e. “Pause at 1:27 and ask “What three colors make up our C Major chord?”
- Parent correspondence that teachers can send home every week after music that summarizes what we’ve learned and invite parents to continue practicing with the videos at home
Last but not least, schools and teachers can always reach out to the creator of the show, Mr. Rob, and the Preschool Prodigies team with questions, ideas or requests. We are ready to help with problems both big and small; just simply shoot us an e-mail or give us a call!