Enhancing Montessori Teacher Training with Early Childhood Music Education


Early Childhood Music

RRI seeks to prepare classroom educators, administrators, musicians, and parents to use age appropriate music practices, lessons, and materials in their work with young children. With a lack of existing work and training around this topic, RRI offers a course entitled “Early Childhood Music” which will give students an understanding of foundational early childhood music methodologies such as Suzuki, Dalcroze, Kodaly, as well as more modern frameworks including Music Together and Kindermusic. Students will also participate in experimental labs, and will be assigned projects to try back in their own classrooms or back at home. It is our goal to prepare students to engage children according to their development readiness and develop musical skill, engagement, and a wonder for music in young children.

This course consists of a 24 hour academic phase. A final video submission of a teaching session will be required prior to certification. Upon completing the full academic phase and practicum, students will receive RRI Early Childhood Music certification.

Program Clock Hours 24 contact hours =24 total hours
Core music curriculum Pitch, Rhythm, Dynamic, Tempo, Timbre, Image
Early childhood methods Dalcroze, Orff, Suzuki, Gordon
Learn the songs General music book, cultural currents book
Class sequence Good morning, goodbye songs, cultural and general curricular songs
How to use the lesson books Violin, guitar, drums, piano
Explorations curriculum Music, art, drama, technology, movement
Music Areas & Materials

“Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.”

-Shinichi Suzuki