Music lessons have been shown to improve study skills, hand-eye coordination, brain function and self esteem. Through music, students are challenged to set goals, evaluate their progress and share their achievements with others. Instrumental lessons help develop a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music.
We offer two engaging music programs at Princeton. Our World Music Program is a celebration of great music from around the world. Our Classical Music Studies in our Elementary Program introduces students to the masters of classical music from around the globe, musical genres, composers, music instruments, and the anatomy of an orchestra.
The language of music is the first language humans learn. It is in every culture and society. Allowing for expression of emotions with musical instruments is one of the greatest opportunities that can be provided for children. Young children are fascinated with the exploration of musical sound. The sensitive period for music is the same as that for language, so it's important to introduce the Bells in the primary years.
Children start by naming each bell by its note: c, d, e, f, g, a, b, c. The lessons follow the same sequence as the other sensorial materials: recognition of contrast, matching pairs, and grading a series. In addition, the Bells require specific lessons in care, handling, and playing.
Perfectly curated to entice children's early interest in music, the glockenspiel makes for a wonderful entry into the world of music. A great first instrument, they are ideal in teaching melody, hand-eye coordination and memorization. Additionally, glockenspiels are fun and easy to play, while also producing a lovely, chime-like sound.
After the students master the basics of the glockenspiel, we introduce the piano.