RESOURCES FOR THE CLASS
The teaching methods of Mini Mandarin Musicians combine Orff Approach from Germany and Gordon’s Music Learning Theory from the US, along with Yi-Ting’s unique pedagogy based on her previous teaching experiences in music and Mandarin.
While learning simple vocabularies and grammar of Mandarin, melodies, rhythms, movements, games, drama, and instruments are introduced in the class under a sequential structure. Children are viewed as the center of the whole learning process during the class, and therefore Yi-Ting sometimes would adjust her teaching steps based on children’s individual responses to the class activities.
Other than the Mandarin music materials, Yi-Ting also uses the traditional English nursery rhymes that share the same melodies or rhythms with the Mandarin music. Music and rhythm with neutral syllables are also used in the class to strengthen children’s musical perception. Some of the music resources can be found in these books:
Music Play: The Early Childhood Music Curriculum Guide for Parents Teachers & Caregivers (G I A Publications) 1998.
快樂唱兒歌 1, 2 (石綠文化)
小寶寶兒歌 1, 2 (石綠文化)
寶貝手指謠 1, 2, 3 (三之三文化)
跟我唱汉语 Sing Chinese with me (华语教学出版社 Sinolingua)
Yi-Ting makes slides for every lesson, illustrating the order of music, Pinyin (mandarin pronunciation) and English translation, along with activity briefs. She will send you these teaching materials before each lesson for your preview and practice at home. Audio materials are also provided from this page with a password sent through email.