Welcome to the Starter Program!
You made it! I’m so glad your 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
- Follow along on this page! Simply take the video lessons one at a time to get some practice with basic rhythms, the Solfege hand signs and even try playing the bells with your computer keyboard!
Sweet Beets (rhythm lesson)
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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 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!
Hello C (bells + hand signs) Download 1.1 Workbook Pages
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Week 1 – Hello C
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…
- What color is the C Bell?
- What’s the Solfége word for C?
- What’s the hand-sign for C?
- Does C live on a line or a space?
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!
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.
Read more about Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary Had a Little Lamb is an easy and familiar 3-note song that’s great for playing an instrument, singing and hand-signing.
The only notes used in this song are the first three notes, Do Re Mi. Chapter 4 of the PsP Playground is ALL about Do Re Mi.
In this lesson, you can try playing the bells that live underneath the video. You can play the bells with your computer keyboards buttons 1, 2 and 3. If they’re not working, try clicking on them first!
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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