15-Part Video Series from Michelle Merinelli Prindle & Dan Prindle
This inspiring 15-part video series provides parents and teachers with all the essentials they need to sing, teach their students to sing, and build relationships, community, confidence, intelligence, skill and health through song. This series covers the following topics in a clear & engaging manner that anyone can learn from. This series is perfect if you think you “can’t sing” (you will be singing like a lark after finishing the series). This series is also the perfect foundation for any classroom or home – even if you are a skilled vocalist.
Working through the lessons below and sharing them with your student(s) can provide weeks of enriching musical education for your home or classroom. Watching this series I was amazed that such a professional class was available at such a low cost. The exercises and lessons you gain from this course will be ones you use for years to come.
This is a foundation investment in your classroom or home education environment that you will want to get started with as soon as possible. This is one of those things that you will experience and then say to yourself, “Why didn’t I do this years ago?”
Or, if you are like me, you will be saying, “Where were you all my life Michelle and Dan Prindle?”
- 10 Reasons to Sing
- Misconceptions About the Voice
- The Voice as an Instrument
- Posture (with exercises)
- Breath Work (with exercises)
- Pitch Matching
- Chest Voice
- Head Voice
- Exercises 1
- Exercises 2
- Exercises 3
- Vocal Hygiene
Michelle Prindle says:
Singing is the single most important musical experience a child can have. It lays the foundation for all future musicality in life. In many years of teaching private music lessons and classes, I have seen that all children can learn to make music. Yet it is children who grew up in a singing home, who love to sing, that truly have a grasp for the inner nature of music and possess that musicality in their own music making.
Just think of all that is at play when one sings – strong breath support, carefully attuned listening, recognition of patterns, replicating what one hears with the instrument of one’s own body. It is truly remarkable all that a child learns from singing.
From a child’s very first days of life, communication with her primary caregivers is of a musical nature. “Motherese” is the term given to the sing-songy, lyrical way in which a mother communicates with her infant. Yet even this seemingly simplistic gesture is imbued with creative purpose.
The child learns to decipher pitch, phonemes (the individual units of speech), and the cadence of her mother tongue. Lullabies are sung to children across the globe, and help to tune the child in to the musical impulses of her own culture. Children learn rhythm through the musicality of the nursery rhyme and lullaby traditions unique to their own mother language. In this way, song brings children their first sense of language and communication. Singing also stimulates emotional and mental development, placing children on a path toward a fullness of spirit and intellect.
And singing does so much more: it promotes language development, lightens the load of work, supports creative play, eases transitions in the day, and is a wonderful first step toward learning to play an instrument. It is truly difficult to overstate the importance of, but also the joy, of singing with children.
You can enjoy a small sample of this course by clicking the file below…
Amazing! 6-8 weeks of African Drumming lessons as part of the ninth grade Earthschooling Waldorf music block. As an optional add-on, or for students not following a pure Waldorf curriculum schedule, this lesson can also be used for students in G6 and up and can be repeated on a yearly basis. In this 2 part – 60 minute series, our experienced drumming teacher takes you through the history of African drumming, different rhythms, practice sessions, traditional songs, cultural applications and much more. The video will show you, as the teacher or student, how each ten-minute section of video can be taught, learned and practiced over one week of music lessons. No one will want to miss this one! This is “officially” a G9 lesson block. However, you can teach it earlier. Or, like our class did, you can use it over multiple years. You can see an interview with our drumming instructor here…
Includes: 5 PDFs & 2 Videos
This amazing set gives you all the tools you need to teach your first year of Pentatonic recorder – books, charts, lessons and a teacher instruction video! In the video, one of our Waldorf teachers, Diane Power, shows you how to teach the skills of holding the pentatonic recorder, blowing into the pentatonic recorders, the first story you will tell, finger positions and practice sessions, and the first song you will teach your student(s). This video and book set are all you need to get through your first year of pentatonic recorder lessons. Learn alongside your student(s) and fill your home with music! This set is available here in the shop at www.Earthschooling.com, on the Teacher Support page or comes free with the Teacher Support Package or Earthschooling Lifetime Family Curriculum.
To see which recorders you can use with these lessons download the file below “Recorders for Pentatonic Lessons”
More Details: These lessons come with printable lesson cards with BONUS soprano recorder guide, charts and sheet music! This set will get you through 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th AND 5th grade! Using this set you will be able to teach your child how to play the pentatonic recorder (pentatonic flute) even if you don’t know how to read music or play recorder. This set also includes all the basic instruction you need, as well as purchasing tips, information about other recorders, and many songs laid out in easy-to-follow lessons. The pages are colorful and are laid out much like a Main Lesson Book. The pentatonic fingering chart is colored in the Waldorf style so it can be attractively displayed and used in your lesson area. Your purchase comes with a set of printable “recorder lesson cards” you or your child can use to create your own lessons. The song book includes three traditional songs, some original songs and many traditional songs from Russia, Poland, France, England, Austria, Australia, and other places – all arranged into pentatonic format by Kristie Burns. Words are included with all the songs so you can sing them first (as is traditional when teaching pentatonic recorder).