In the final Journey lesson of Level 1 (Preschool Prodigies), we sing and play the most famous preschool song of all time, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” We practice singing the songs and playing the melody together, then take a final crack at singing the Solfege, and then we finish off with the numbers!
This is another oppurunity to encourage kids to sing the words of the song while the play the same melody on the bells. As we have been doing for so much of the program, this will help them sing in-tune!
In “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” we...
-Play a famous melody with the notes C, D, E, F, G and A
-Sing the words to this famous song while we play the melody simultaneously on our bells
-Sing and play with the Solfege and with the numbers (scale degrees) as we zoom toward the finish
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Follow Up
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is probably the most famous children’s song of all time. Therefore, it helps to ask a lot of questions about the nature of this song, which will help your learner solidify even more of the things they’ve learned in Preschool Prodigies.
“What are the first four notes in “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?” (Do Do Sol Sol)
How many different notes are in “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (six)
What is the highest note in “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?” (La/A/6)
Can you sing and play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with the sheet music? How about from memory?
Take a minute (or twenty) with your learner and celebrate how far you’ve come playing a musical instrument. Just a couple months ago, you and your child were playing simple call and response songs with one bell! Now you're playing melodies and chords with 8 notes and even singing while you do it! That’s pretty impressive stuff!
This is a great time to throw your kids a “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party” or some kind of mini-graduation celebration! You don’t have to go over the top or anything, but even just taking a quick minute to acknowledge how much work they did will go a long way. You can make a card, put a candle in a cupcake and sing a song, or find some other small way to celebrate.
If your child goes on to play music in elementary school and beyond, then there are probably a lot of post-show dinners and post-recital brunches in your future. It’s even possible that your child’s performances will become somewhat or a semi-annual gathering in your family’s yearly calendar.
With the long term in mind, start a fun tradition now around your child’s musical achievements. Maybe you go out for ice cream. Maybe you get them flowers. Or maybe your child is allergic to dairy and or certain flowers, in which case I would definitely recommend a ore personalized touch.
The next level of the curriculum continues inside Primary Prodigies. Even if you’re still in preschool, as long as you’ve finished Preschool Prodigies, you will be able to follow the videos in Primary Prodigies. The first chapter in Primary Prodigies (Chapter 9) will review much of what we learned in Preschool Prodigies, while simultaneously introducing a more proper form of music notation that looks a lot more like a scrolling version of our songbooks.
There is also a recommended mini-series in between Preschool Prodigies and Primary Prodigies called “PsP Melodies. “PsP Melodies uses ONLY the Solfege hand-signs inside the treble clef, and it focuses more methodical sight-signing passages. There is also a “Rhythm Tree” mini-series that focuses on reading simple rhythms, which will help acclimate kids to the rhythms we’ll be looking at in Primary Prodigies.
From all of us at Preschool Prodigies, we hope you and your learner had a wonderful experience. We will see in the next level! Until then…Happy Musicing!