Introducing Primary Prodigies
Level 2 of the Prodigies Playground Has Arrived!
New Sections airing every Friday inside Prodigies Pro and Prodigies Lifetime accounts.
We are THRILLED to announce the release of PRIMARY PRODIGIES!!
Our brand-new series for the elementary school learner has begun airing inside the Prodigies Playground (for Prodigies Pro and Prodigies Lifetime members)!
Five Sections are already live and new lessons will be airing every Friday, and we can’t wait to share some of the original songs and more advanced classics that are coming soon!!
A Sequel to Stand on It’s Own
Primary Prodigies is both a natural continuation of Preschool Prodigies, and a stand-alone program in it’s own right!
In Chapter 1, we review the essentials from Preschool Prodigies to make sure that any elementary school students jumping in will have an oppurtunity to meet Mr. Rob, epxlore the C Major scale, meet the Solfege hand signs, three major chords (I IV V / C F G), and get a feel for playing whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes.
The curriculum is divided in 8 chapters, with 10 sections in each Chapter.
Each section contains
– a lesson video, that introduces important musical concepts
– a song video, with scrolling sheet music and a song that features those concepts
– colorful sheet music for the song
– follow up workbook pages to reinforce the concepts from the lesson and song
– and an interactive quiz for testing your knowledge right inside the Prodigies Playground!
Key Differences Between Preschool and Primary
There are several key differences between Preschool Prodigies and Primary Prodigies.
1. Properly notated music in the treble clef
Where Preschool Prodigies used colored circles, truncated staffs and simple visuals to focus on meaningful play with pitch, all of the music in Primary Prodigies is properly notated in the treble clef! This shifts the focus from learning the sounds of music to actually learning to read and write music properly.
2. Less call-and-response
Where PSP used a lot of call and response to teach songs, Primary Prodigies is less consistent with the call and repsonse. It occassionaly shows up in rhythm lessons, but for the most part, we’re learning to read the music on our own, instead of being guided by imitation and repetition.
3. Musical Vocabulary
In PSP, we stayed away from introducing too much vocabulary. We focsed on pitch development, colors, numbers and letters, but we didn’t focus too much on musical terms like scale, tempo, treble clef, etc.
Primary Prodigies starts at about a 2nd grade reading level, which means a lot more vocabulary and musical terms!
4. More Robust Lesson Format
In PSP, one lesson = one video. In Primary, each lesson features two videos – one “lesson” and one “song.”
The lesson videos focus on introducing musical concepts and explaining some of the more nitty-gritty of playing an instrument, reading music, understanding rhythm, etc. Most of the lessons are between 5 and 10 minutes and they are designed to prepare you to play and understand the music in the next song.
5. More Difficult Concepts, Songs, Materials, etc
The songs, concepts and materials in Primary Prodigies will continue to grow with your kids, and become naturally more advanced and/or more difficult.
6. More Musical Notes, Keys and Minor Chords
Preschool Prodigies only featured the 8 notes of the C Major Scale.
Primary Prodigies will start out the same way, featuring only these 8 notes for the first 4 chapters. We will review all the major chords, introduce the minor chords, and do a solid amount of chord analysis in C Major.
In Chapter 5 (Winter of 2017), we will introudce the other five notes (which will require a separate bell extension). This will allow us to talk about other key signatures, how we build minor scales, more dissonant chords and different musical styles!
We will also introduce higher and lower bells/notes around the same time for songs like Fur Elise, which features a higher E and D#)
Purchase Prodigies Pro or Prodigies Lifetime to Unlock Primary Prodigies
Primary Prodigies is currently airing inside Prodigies Pro and Prodigies Lifetime accounts! With both Prodigies Pro and Prodigies Lifetime, you unlock ALL of our student facing content, which is just shy of 100 video lessons (with more coming every week)!