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You made it! Great! I’m so glad you’re here.

Let’s start playing some music right away!

There are two ways to go about using the Starter Program. You can Download the Free Starter Program as a .zip file or follow along on this page!

Before we begin… Raising a Young Musician eBook

If your kids are nearby, you’ll probably want to jump straight into the lessons below!to begin The Starter videos and worksheets below are for your kids,

However, if they’re not around, or if you’re looking for some reading of your own to do, definitely check out our eBook, “Raising a Young Musician.”

Inside, I explain a lot of the research, theory and teaching techniques that we use to give children a massive headstart on their music education. The eBook will prepare you to facilitate massive musical development in your children and it’ll only take you some 20-30 minutes to read through. It’s perfect for parents and teachers alike.

Plus, if that doesn’t quench your thirst for music-ed knowledge, there are tons of links and resources in the book to help you take things even further.

1.1 Hello C: Bell & Hand Sign Lesson

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Week 1 – Hello C

Synopsis  

This week in music with Preschool Prodigies, we practiced singing, hand signing and playing the bells with “Hello C” (Chapter 1 – Lesson 1).

In Hello C, we met Mr. Rob and the C Bell. We learned that…

  • the first musical note is C
  • the C Bell is red
  • the note C lives on it’s own special line
  • the Solfége word for C is “Do”
  • “Do” has a special hand-sign that looks like two fists down at your waist!

Practicing with individual musical notes is the key to developing the coveted musical ability of perfect pitch! We’ll be practicing a lot with the note C in the months to come, as it almost always serves as our musical home base!

If You Don’t Have an Instrument…

If you don’t have an instrument, try using the “Do” hand instead.

For instance, where we play the bell and sing “Hello C” and “Hello Red,” you can keep hand signing just like we do when we sing “Hello Do.”

That way you have a kinesthetic action to associate with the pitch, which helps further develop your sense of perfect pitch! 

Hello C Follow Up Activities 

Inside the Chapter 1 workbook, you’ll find worksheets for tracing the Letter C, the word Do, and the color Red.

You can also login to your account at home and continue practicing with Hello C.

You can also ask your child simple questions about what they learned in music this week. Some examples are…

  1. What color is the C Bell?
  2. What’s the Solfége word for C?
  3. What’s the hand-sign for C?
  4. Does C live on a line or a space?

What’s Next

Next week, we’ll practice playing the C Bells in different rhythmic patterns. This week, we just played the Short-Short Long pattern (“Hel – lo  C—-“ ) but next week, we’ll practice with long stars and short stars and mix up the patterns a bit!

1.1 Hello C

0:36 – Pause and try to sing and play “C” with your instrument! Then resume the video for “Hello C”

1:13 – For young children, pause and re-ask the question “What color is it?” Ask them, “can we all sing Hello Red??” and resume.

1:53 – Pause and ask learners to repeat the word “Solfege” and resume.

At end ask: “So we talked about red and C and Do today. Are those different musical notes, or are they all the same?”

4:38 – Repeat “Cya Later” section if first time.

Sweet Beets: Rhythm Lesson 1

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In the first lesson, we’ve got some Sweet Beets!

Sweet Beets is a fruit and vegetable song that’s all about playing rhythm. It combines a simple and catchy chorus

 “If you want sweet beets, we’ve got some

   If you want some sweet, beets, we’re got ’em”

with very simple call-and-response style verses like

Beet, beet, cherry, beet (call)

beet, beet, cherry, beet! (response)”

This video isn’t technically the first lesson in our curriculum (that’s next!), but if you don’t have an instrument, this is a great place to start! It’s also ridiculously catchy, despite it being our first video, and your kids will be singing Sweet Beets for days to come (sorry about that!).

Taking it Further

Sweet Beets is more than just a catchy song… it’s a recipe for rhythmic joy!!

Inside the Playground, we’ll play lots of versions of Sweet Beets and eventually start making up similar songs of your own!

Sweet Beets Pilot

Sweet Beets is the first-ever PsP lesson, and it’s a great example of learning rhythms through fun call and response songs.

All you need for this lesson is some hands for clapping and some legs for tapping!

As a bonus, you can download the Sweet Beets .mp3 for on the go practice in the car (in the .zip at the top of the page).

The production quality and musical goodness only goes up from here!

4.2 Mary Had a Little Lamb – Bell and Hand Sign 

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Synopsis

This week in our Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we learned our very first popular melody, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

In Mary Had a Little Lamb we

  • Played an easy melody first by using the colors, and then with Do, Re, and Mi
  • Played a song starting on Mi (as opposed to Do)
  • Reviewed the Solfege hand signs we learned in last weeks lesson

Mary Had a Little Lamb Follow Up Activities

Inside the Chapter 4 workbook, you’ll find some simple sheet music for Mary had a Little Lamb, some music matching activities and a song writing section.

Mary Had a Little Lamb has been a popular song for generations because it’s a great reference for the first three notes of the scale, C, D, E.

Using the PsP Printable Elements (or small pieces of colored paper), you can arrange a new song of your very own using Do, Re Mi. If you arrange a new song, help your learner play through it by pointing at a nice steady pace to each note in their song.

And if you want to take things even further, get a jump start on playing some Do Re Mi listening games! 

You can also ask your child some questions about what they learned in music this week. Some examples are…

  1. Do you remember the words to sing Mary had a little lamb?
  2. What are the number names for Do, Re, Mi?
  3. What are the colors for Do, De, Mi?

What’s Next

Next week, we’ll be using Do, Re, & Mi to play another beginner melody, Hot Cross Buns.

4.2 Mary Had a Little Lamb


Mary Had a Little Lamb is a classic piece to teach the first three notes of a major scale. In this exercise Mr. Rob emphasizes the multiple names each note shares in the PSP world.

0:45 – We perform the song using colors.

1:30 – We perform the song using solfege.

2:10 – Mary Had a Little Lamb now using hand signs.

2:56 – Here we sing the original words and play along. This is a good time to pause or rewind to make sure your learner is comfortable with the pace and notes before they combine two tasks.

Solfége Hand Sign Overview

This episode presents all of the Solfége Hand Signs for singing with Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do.

The hand signs provide a concrete kinesthetic motion to attach to the abstract idea of pitch, which is helpful in pitch development. It’s included in this free starter program so that even if you don’t have an instrument, you can still get some serious musical play by singing and hand-signing.

Solfége Hand Sign Compilation

This lesson is a compilation of popular nursery rhymes sung with the Solfege hand signs! Can you figure out what songs they are?

These lessons come from the latter half of the Playground, but I wanted to include them in the Starter Program so that if you don’t have an instrument, you can use these hand-sign only videos to get some practice!

Happy musicing and hopefully I will see you inside the Playground!

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– Teaching-Children-Music.com

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“Our House Came Alive with Music”

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“Fun, Energetic and Engaging”

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