4. Using Prodigies w/ School Age Kids (Ages 6-12)
Using Prodigies with School Ages Kids (Ages 6-12)
For the first two years that PreschoolProdigies.com existed, all of our materials were specifically for the 3-6 age group.
We started hearing from A LOT of elementary music teachers about how they were using Preschool Prodigies in their classroom and that the only problem with it was the word Preschool.
Thus began PsP Melodies, Primary Prodigies, Recorder Prodigies, Holiday Prodigies, and Performance Prodigies, our series for elementary school students.
Before we get into those series specifically, if your child doesn't have any music experience, you might still want to explore Preschool Prodigies Chapters 4, 5 7 and 8 for a lot of the basics! You can start with the series below for sure, but if you have a 5 - 8 year old who is new to music, don't be afraid to back up a bit in Preschool Prodigies.
PsP Melodies consists of short exercises with the Solfege (Curwen) Hand-Signs. These are easy to use when you only 3-5 minutes of time and/or don't have any instruments at the ready.
Primary Prodigies is a more step-by-step curriculum. There's a heavy emphasis on reading colorful yet properly notated sheet music in the treble clef, and slowly transitioning to black and white music, learning more musical vocabulary, understanding chordal and harmonic relationships through intervals, doing some basic I IV V analysis, ear-training and rhythmic dictations.
The format of Primary Prodigies is longer and more advanced than the videos and sections in Preschool Prodigies. Instead of featuring just one video per section, most of the sections in Primary Prodigies have 2-6 video in them. The videos usually consist of one or two lesson videos, a song video, a color and a black and white play-along video, and sometimes listening games, related songs, or more advanced sidebars.
You can also find a ton of Orff styled tracks Performance Prodigies that contain a bell part, a Boomwhacker or chord accompaniment, lyrics, hand-signs and simple percussion parts all at once. A lot of these songs are straight from Preschool or Primary Prodigies, so you can mix and match this videos as you see fit to get your whole class playing on different instruments.
Then inside Recorder Prodigies, you have a step-by-step Recorder Program that's easy to pair with other popular recorder methods and curriculum. Each section has a lesson or two as well as 3 or more songs in both color and black and white. More Recorder lessons are on their way, and you can also use the G A B Performance Prodigies Tracks for lots more scrolling G A B music.
Finally, Holiday Prodigies is a video series that pairs with our Holiday Prodigies songbook so that you'll be on the way to a successful and joyous winter recital. The sheet music is complete with Boomwhacker chord accompaniments and contains some of the more difficult songs that we have in the curriculum (Fur Elise, Hanukkah oh Hanukkah, etc).
Using it in the Classroom
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