Play-a-Story is a musical journey in which you and your child travel through a storybook world. It uses the piano as its mode of travel, creating sounds, melodies, harmonies and rhythms to express the story… literally, students create their own musical soundtrack. Using the piano, students learn to interpret mood, colour and nuance as the story unfolds. Play-a-Story teaches this by providing a foundational, systematic and creative experience that harnesses children’s intuitive, musical appreciation and interpretation.
Developed by Australian music educator Lyndel Kennedy, Play-a-Story is part of the Simply Music family, a series of programs designed to guide students from birth through the whole of life, in ways tailored to their developmental needs. Play-a-Story introduces real playing to 4-6 year-olds in a way that compliments their natural sense of exploration and spontaneity, and provides them with skills that enable a smooth transition to more formal lessons such as those offered by the Simply Music Piano Program.
In the world of Play-a-Story, every imaginative thought, every emotion and every dream is an opportunity to express ourselves musically. In this world, musical self-expression is our language… a language far more profound, intuitive and descriptive, far more meaningful and pure than any other.
Every student is immersed in the culture of a world that believes that music has the power to emerge naturally from within. The journey begins before students ever learn to play another composer’s music; they begin with the opportunity to discover their own musical ‘story’.
At the early age of 4 or 6, students are given musical sounds, motifs, styles, shapes and dynamics, laying down a comprehensive, improvisational foundation that equips them with the sounds of their new musical language.
As well as carefully structured and engaging lessons with fully trained Teachers, students are provided with beautiful print, audio and video Student Home Materials. More than just accessories, these materials provide the environment in which your child explores his musical stories each day.
Before they are ever told how and what to play, young children have a free and unselfconscious musicality. Imagine your child beginning her life’s musical journey by exploring her own musical stories, discovering beauty without judgment, through guided improvisation.
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