Fun fact: Kinderland is the only preschool in Singapore with a marching band.
What inspired the idea? The Kinderland team visited two preschools in Osaka, Japan, in 2009. (Japan is well-known for its preschool marching band history, which spans 30 years.) While it took a lot of planning, in 2010, Kinderland successfully established its percussion marching band, with plans to start mini stage ensembles in its other centres soon.
Over the last seven years, the marching band has performed at internal school events like the Kinderland Family Sports Fiesta plus other prestigious events around Singapore. The band’s most recent performance took place at the Singapore World Water Day event at the Marina Barrage on March 31, 2017.
The programme also aims to complement existing music lessons that children are given in school, in that it helps them reinforce all rhythmic and musical skills learned in class.
The programme has earned praise for its various benefits. For example, not only does playing in the band help your child hone his or her fine and gross motor skills, it also helps them sharpen their coordination, concentration and focus. Children who participate in Kinderland’s percussion marching band programme have shown improved hearing, better directionality and have successfully understood and practiced values such as perseverance, discipline and teamwork.
Over the years, Kinderland has trained 700 members, all between the ages 5 and 6. Members are taught and supervised by a music specialist with more than 30 years of experience. During their time with the band, children are exposed to a wide range of instruments such as snare, tenor and bass drums, glockenspiel, xylophone, dual tom-tom, keyboards and pianicas. Best of all? Children of all abilities and musical skills are welcome to participate!
Kinderland’s curriculum integrates the best education approaches and methodologies from the West and the values of morality and interpersonal relationships of the East. Its success over the past four decades has led to an extensive regional preschool network of over 60 centres across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China and Cambodia, which nurture more than 20,000 children annually. Find out more here.
From The Finder (Issue 282), May 2017
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