Gold Stars Lesson #2
your child is reserved and hesitant to fully engage in class, don’t worry! Children really do learn from observation. You can encourage their participation by enjoying the class yourself.
This serves as a gentle invitation to join the fun - and they will when they're ready. Listening to the music at home is another way to engage your child and help class feel familiar.
While the complete bell set we use in class forms a major scale, this semester we will focus on the pentatonic scale. This scale produces a universally pleasant sound, and music utilizing
it’s 5 tones can be found in folk music from virtually all over the world. In fact, several of our SB songs are based on this scale, including We Took a Trip to
China and Alabama Gal, which we will learn this semester!
Because it contains no half steps, songs based on the pentatonic scale are easier to sing in tune, making it a great place to start when working with young children who are just learning to
use their voice.
Optional home fun activity: Color the bells on page 9 of your workbook
(Remember, these activities are optional but can be a great bonding experience to do with your child during the week.)