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In Case You’re New Here…What Is the Prodigies Playground?
Just in case you’re new to our site, The Prodigies Playground is a colorful and interactive music curriculum for kids. It makes learning the language of music fun and accessible to parents, teachers and children everywhere.
Below are 3 videos that will get you well acquainted with Preschool Prodigies, Primary Prodigies, and with the unique benefits of meaningful play with pitch. Plus, you can always check out our Free Starter Program to give some of the lessons a try yourself!
If you are familiar with our program however, definitely continue on to learn more about the site license!
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What is the Prodigies Site License Exactly?
The Prodigies Site license is designed for Preschools and Elementarty Schools to give ALL Students and Teachers access to the Prodigies Playground both at school and at home!
It starts out with a Prodigies Lifetime Account (one time fee of $497) for your lead teacher (music teacher, director, account manager, etc). The Lifetime account has no subscription fees and unlocks a wide spread of teaching materials, video downloads, training videos, and much more. This is the package that most of our front-of-classroom teachers prefer.
Then, the site license creates a school-wide code (for $1997 per year) that your students and teachers can use to create their own accounts for free! The site license comes with 150 codes/accounts for $1997, and customizations are available for larger schools.
The student accounts unlock the student facing material and can be used by the students in the classroon, at home, or by other teachers in other classrooms!
That way, students can continue singing, hand-signing and even playing the bells at home!
The site license provides a MASSIVE discount when you compare it to buying memberships individually. However, the site license is specific to a given school and it cannot be shared across multiple schools or districts. For multiple schools or districts, contact us using the form at the bottom of the page and we can work with you to figure out what makes the most sense for you.
The Benefits of the Site License and At Home Access to the Playground!
There are a lot of advantages to getting students at-home access to the Prodigies Playground.
- Developing a strong sense of pitch requires consistent, meaningful and memorable play with pitch. Pairing music classes at school with continued practice at home means students can recieve enough exposure to pitch to truly develop a sense of perfect pitch.
- Even without an instrument at home, children can get continued practice with the Solfege Hand Signs to keep bilateral movements a constant part of their music activity.
- Siblings at home can enjoy the music lessons as well. This means that students involved in the class at school will get the benefit of sharing and teaching the material (in the way that kids do) with their siblings (younger or older!). This increases their self-confidence, their musical knowledge and it of courses creates positive memories for families, which will increase the students appreciation for music over the long-term. Plus, any younger siblings who share the experience with their older siblings will come into school with that much more of a musical ear.
- Because teachers can assign lessons to their students to review at home, teachers in the classroom can advance the lesson beyond just playing the song or introducing the concepts. They can focus on instrument techniques, performance practices, more advanced listening games and all kinds of activities that stem from the lesson. Plus, each lesson comes with a page worth overview and explanation, as well as two pages of lesson plans for large group activities, so there’s plenty of expanding on the actual videos to be done.
- From a financial stand point, the site license is an awesome deal for schools! Prodigies Go costs $150/year, so to enroll 150 students individually would cost $22,500, but we’re making it super simple and offering that value to schools for $1997 per year. For the 2017-2018 school year, our goal is to enroll and expose as many families as we can to the magic of the music lessons inside the Playground, so we’re offering this powerful site license with amazingly generous bulk-pricing as a means of turning our mom-and-pop curriculum shop into a larger platform for advancing musical understanding worldwide.
Specific to preschools, giving children at home at access really opens up the potential for giving your students the amazing musical skill of perfect pitch.
The idea of ‘perfect’ pitch can be a little misleading and even contrversial in musical circles, but there’s no denying that meaningful exposure to pitch during the critical years of auditory development helps improve a child’s lifelong sense of pitch.
In other words, preschool kids who get lots of slow, deliberate and memorable play with individual musical notes develop a much better sense for music.
Most music lessons don’t start until elementary school however, and most preschool music programs focus on movement instead of pitch music theory.
So by arming all of your teachers and all of your families with the Prodigies Playground, your whole school has a fun, easy and accessible way to make the most out of the critical years for auditory development.
For Elementary Schools
Our brand-new program, Primary Prodigies, brings the musical learning in the Prodigies Playground to the next level.
Primary Prodigies focuses more on reading music in the treble clef, on learning more difficult songs and exposing children to lots of musical concepts, vocabulary and theory.
In the classroom, Primary Prodigies enables teachers using bells, Boomwhackers or Orff instruments to easily run an ensemble centered around colorful and scrolling sheet music. With the videos taking care of the sheet music pointing, the teacher can engage with children, manage behavior, or track students’ progress!
With at home access, the students can continue to sing, hand sign, and practice reading music at home. Plus, Primary Prodigies features a lot of listening games, interactive web quizzes and more difficult songs that are worth practicing more outside of the classroom.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we will be going back to school with two chapters of Primary Prodigies, as well as the beginning of Recorder Prodigies. The first chapter (which is complete as of writing this) contains over 3 hours of video music lessons!
We’ll also being going back to school with 20 episodes of PsP Melodies, which are deisnged specifically to focus on reading music in the treble clef while singing and hand-signing with the Solfege Hand Signs.
Chapter 2 of the program will be similar in scope and length to Chapter 1, while Recorder Prodigies will take on the more short-and-sweet nature of PsP Melodies. For music classrooms teaching recorder, the lessons from Recorder Prodigies will make it super easy for students to get more recorded practice at home!
Plus, as the school year progresses, we’ll be releasing new content all year long!! With that in mind, anyone who starts Primary Prodigies this fall will have plenty of material to get them through the next year (and beyond)!
If you’re curious about the more long term plans for the scope and sequence of the program, check out this easy to digest inforgraphic!
Bells, Books and Physical Materials
Inside the Playground, we focus A LOT on playing colorful deskbells. They’re easy to play, easy to split up and they’re durable enough to survive even your most zealous players!
For schools looking for large quantities of bells, we offer a bulk pricing option that is simply buy 11, get 1 free. All of these bells ship together in one case, which is why we are able to offer this discount!
We’ll be running a back-to-school sale starting in mid-july where we’ll undoubtedly offer a bit more of a discount on the bells as well!
Plenty of schools order 1-2 master cases for their music classrooms, and some schools even go so far as to sell or rent the bells out to their students! We’ve even seen schools display a set of bells in the lobby area to help drum up excitement and interest around the program (and to help remind parents to login and follow along at home).
The Prodigies Playground features A LOT of printable materials that work side by side with our video lessons.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we’ll be breaking the books into individual chapters to make them lighter and easier to manage for students. We’ll also be adding some new material to the books and revising them a bit as well.
The full program experience is heavily reliant on the workbooks. The videos are fun, instructive, unique and super powerful, but the workbooks bring together reading the music with literacy, handwriting, patterning, sequencing, age-appropriate math and much more!
Plus, with your Prodigies Lifetime account (the lead account on the Site License) you’ll actually have PDF access to many of the workbook pages.
That way if your student forgets their book or if you need a couple extra of a specific activity, you can print them out no problem.
You might be wondering… why then would I buy the hard copies if I can just print them myself?
The short answer is that the paper and color ink will cost you more than just buying the book itself. Plus, the book helps students track their progress, organize their work and they look awesome! Without bragging too much, they’ll be the coolest music theory books you’ve ever seen!
Plus, for schools ordering site licenses, we have offer bulk discounts on books depending on your order quantity!
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