Bitty Bops Compared to Other PreSchool (PreK12) Programs & Publications

How Does Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum Compare to Other Music Publications?

The Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum is not a publication of prescribed preschool music lessons, songs, or activites. It is a curricular compilation of songs and activities that references the best preschool music publications available in print for ultimate freedom of lesson planning.
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The Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum individualizes student age categories of INFANTS: Ages Birth through One; TODDLERS: Ages Two through Three; and PRESCHOOLERS: Ages Four through Kindergarten, and provides specialized activites and lesson plan templates for each level.
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The cost of Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum is minimal in comparison to other popular preschool music learning programs that include published music books, CDs, and tuition.

Current Popular Music Programs & Publications Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum
Music Together Publications: Bongos, Bells, Triangle, Fiddle, Drum, Tambourine, Flute, Sticks, Maracas   The Music Together publications include a mix of original songs and traditional tunes from the folk, jazz, and world music traditions in a variety of tonalities and meters. By presenting a range of musical styles from lyrical to blues, and folk to boogie, Music Together provides children with a rich music experience that stimulates and supports their growing music skills and understanding.
Knauss Bitty Bops Music Curriculum, in three age levels of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers, utilizes all of the excellent Music Together publications and CDs as part of its core. However, Bitty Bops goes beyond the Music Together publications in (1) including many more additional excellent publications for an even larger variety of selections for music exposure, (2) features comprehensive lesson planning for "dove-tailing" from one activity to another across each lesson plan, and (3) provides for a balance of repetition and contrast of activities across an entire semester of lessons.

Kid Pan Alley   In schools throughout the country, Kid Pan Alley has been inspiring kids to use their imaginations, to be creators of their own music, and not just consumers of popular culture. In Kid Pan Alley, over 40,000 kids have written over 2,700 songs with the mentoring of professional songwriters, recorded them with world-class recording artists like Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Sissy Spacek, Amy Grant, Kix Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Corey Harris, or Raul Malo. In Kid Pan Alley, kids make the greatest co-writers. In Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum (Infant thru Kindergarten Informal music classes) and the Knauss K-12 Music Curriculum (Kindergarten thru Grade 12 Formal music classes), children are taught the elemental basics of all rhythm and tonal skills, music concept skills, and ensemble performance skills through all the active participations of listening, singing, chanting, moving, playing, performing, improvising, creating, composing, arranging, reading, notating, describing, and evaluating (Books 1, 1A, 2, & 3). These are capstoned in the secondary grades with an inferential curriculum of playing, performing, improvising, creating, composing, arranging, reading, notating, describing, and evaluating (Book 4).

KidsHealth from Nemours   Kids who grow up hearing music, singing songs, and moving to the beat are exposed to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colors, and sounds. And researchers believe this forges more pathways between the cells in their brains. Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum develops the aesthetic intelligence of the brain (see Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences). Dr. Gardner believed that the aesthetic intelligence is the foundation to all of the other intelligences.

Songs For Teaching: Using Music to Promote Learning   Many preschool / kindergarten songs teach elementary concepts to young children, and are available from a variety of albums, which teach directions, parts of the body, opposites, money, weather, clothing, telling time, adjectives, action and participation, and good behavior, to name a few. Music is so universal in its uses that it can be taught as a utility or as an art form. In music’s utilitarian uses, it can be used to teach all other subject materials imaginable. In music’s aesthetic uses, it is an exquisite art form all on its own. Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum teaches both the utilitarian and aesthetic sides of music, but definitely emphasizes the aesthetic over the utilitarian.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions   At Bright Horizons, it is understood that every child’s education and care is a priority and that choosing the right program is a big decision. Bright Horizons’ early education programs and schools include world-class curriculum and knowledgeable child development professionals that meet the needs of children at every age and stage. Bright Horizons includes core subjects of language, math, and science, as well as Artsmart (art, music, theater, and dance) and Well Aware (healthy living, physical activity, and nutrition).

Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum is not an adjunct curriculum (utilitarian) subservient to many other subjects, as is typical in many public academic institutions of learning where there are core cognitive subjects (math, language, and sciences) with aesthetic "add-ons" (various arts, phys ed, and others), but it is a primary core subject for beginning, ending, and transitioning through each day of learning.
First-School: Preschool Activities and Crafts   First-School features free fun preschool lesson plans, educational early childhood activities, printable crafts, worksheets, calendar of events and other resources for children of preschool age. The preschool crafts, lesson plans and activities are appropriate and adaptable for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten level (ages 2 to 6). Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum is aligned with the research conclusions of how pre-kindergarten kids learn music, which is the same as how they learn language. Knauss Bitty Bops Music Curriculum is in three age levels of Infants (birth thru 1), Toddlers (ages 2 thru 3), and Preschoolers (ages 4 thru K). Knowing that all children develop at different rates, the three age levels are very loosely aligned with the three music developmental audiation stages of Acculturation, Imitation, and Assimilation. Bitty Bops levels are taught through observations of the children’s musical development (Acculturation, Imitation, and Assimilation), rather than chronological ages.

Kindermusik   Kindermusik toddler classes encourage your child to be creative, to initiate her own ideas, and to respond in her own ways, while your presence and participation offer needed reassurance and support. You and your child will play and explore instruments together. You will sing and move to the music. And you’ll hear and act out simple stories and rhymes. Activities such as these will delight and engage your child, and at the same time build her self-confidence, self-control, and communication skills. Your Kindermusik teacher will help you understand what and how your toddler is learning and developing with each activity, and will share tips for weaving music into your daily routines at home.

Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum is eclectic in every manner, combining top-of-the-line preK12 music publications, with the latest music education learning theories, with the most comprehensive lesson-plan structure and curriculum tracking available. Student learning and music artistry and teacher accountability is built into every level of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers.
Suzuki Music   More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, and constant repetition are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach. Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum eclectically includes the Suzuki mother-tongue approach, (as well as the creativity of the Orff-Schulwerk approach by Karl Orff, the physical kinesthetic approach of Emile Dalcroze, the tonal sequences of Zoltán Kodály, the music learning sequences of Edwin Gordon, the multiple intelligences theory of Howard Gardner, and the taxonomy of cognitive learning by Benjamin Bloom). These theories and approaches are written into the curriculum’s system of lesson planning, suggested activities, and comprehensive tracking across all three levels of the Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum.

Wee Bop Music   Wee Bop Music classes are much more than singing children’s songs, they immerse kids in language, stimulate the brain, promote rhythmic skills, encourage movement and dancing, fire up imagination and advance social interaction. A music class can also be a gentle introduction to a structured class environment that prepares children for preschool and other group settings. The Knauss Bitty Bops PreK12 Music Curriculum features an informal education style that exposes children to, and gives children experiences with, all kinds of rhythms, tonalities, modes, meters, music activities, and styles and eras of music. Informal education is comprised of comprehensive exposure, free-flowing experience, non-required responses, and non-restrictive classrooms, very different from the formal K-12 education in traditional schools. Children respond to and enact the music with increasing skill accuracy as they progress through the preschool Acculturation, Imitation, and Assimilation music development stages.

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