the fresh beat band music curriculum

Learn about the Fresh Beat Band's Music Curriculum on Nick Jr.

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It's more than just singing and dancing and having fun with friends! The Fresh Beat Band has a preschool-appropriate music curriculum that informs every element of the show.

The music curriculum covers three key areas:
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1. Self-Expression Through Music

  • Kids learn to express their feelings and emotions through movement, song, and instrumental music
  • The show encourages kids to play with music by experimenting with sounds and song lyrics to create unique musical compositions that convey everyday experiences
  • The Fresh Beat Band's members play a variety of musical instruments in personally creative ways (traditional instruments, homemade instruments, his/her body)
  • The band creates music inspired by environmental sounds, rhythms and beats (dripping water, howling wind, footsteps, etc.)
  • The band offers examples of how to perform music in a variety of ways (alone, as a group, etc.)
  • The band members model positive attitudes about, and confidence in, their own creative musical abilities
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2. Music Appreciation

  • The Fresh Beats express how they value music as a part of everyday life, modeling this attitude for their preschool audience.
  • They listen attentively and appreciatively to the musical performances and ideas of their friends
  • Together they play a variety of music and sing songs to celebrate music from different cultures and genres
  • They discuss reactions, opinions, and feelings about diverse musical genres and styles
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3. Comprehension of Music Terminology and Concepts

  • Appropriate vocabulary is always used when referring to music terminology
    • General music terms--beat, rhythm, lyrics, accompaniment, composer, encore
    • Musical contrasts: allegro (quickly)/adagio (slowly), ritardando (gradually slower)/accelerando (gradually faster), legato (smooth and connected)/staccato (short and separated), piano (soft)/forte (loud), long note/short note
  • Viewers are shown how to identify musical instruments by sight and sound
    • A variety of instruments types: woodwinds (flute, clarinet, etc.), percussion (snare drum, cymbals, etc.), brass (tuba, trumpet, etc.), strings (violin, harp, etc.), electronic (synthesizer, etc.), world instruments
  • Viewers are taught to identify different ways to perform a piece of music and different music types
    • Different performance styles: solo, a cappella, duet, round, instrumental, etc.
    • A variety of musical genres: classical, jazz, rock, reggae, rap, march, and lullaby
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