Babies Music and Movement (up to 18 months)
All babies are born with an aptitude for music. But research shows that their aptitude diminishes if it is not nurtured. The best way to nurture a child’s music aptitude is through active music making. By singing and dancing for and with our children in a variety of tonalities, meters and styles we are helping our children reach their full music potential. This weekly 30 minute class allows for musical play between parent and baby. Activities help stimulate the baby’s innate curiosity about music, develop listening skills and sense of beat, and establish the foundation for future learning. Babies Music and Movement features bouncing and rocking songs, nursery rhyme chants and dances, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, as well as steady beat music for instrument-playing.
Toddlers Music and Movement (18 months – 3 1/2 years)
This weekly 30 to 40 minute class fosters the natural sense of musical wonder of the growing child. Singing, bouncing, moving, dancing, listening, echo and repeat patterns and playing of percussion instruments helps develop a strong musical bond with parent and child. Activities enhance the child’s development of purposeful movement, focused listening, and language and vocal skills.
Preschoolers Music and Movement (3 before September 1)
There is so much magic in the third year of early childhood! Preschoolers love to learn and express themselves in so many ways! In this 40 to 50 minute weekly music class we encourage self-expression using the voice and body. Fine and gross motor skills are encouraged and students are introduced to solfege and Gordon rhythm patterns which will be the cornerstone of musical literacy. We also work on inner speech and focused listening, while joyfully singing, dancing and playing instruments. Growing independence is nurtured as children venture out from their caregiver’s lap to join the teacher in many activities. Singing, movement, focused listening and instrument playing fosters the child’s ability to use language and engage in dramatic play, creative movement and imaginative musical games.
Pre-Kindergarten Music and Movement (4 before September 1) (new students must also purchase a glockenspiel)
This 55 minute class cultivates the child’s musical development through songs, tonal and rhythm patterns, poetry and stories, movement activities, listening games, instrumental play and manipulative games. Rudimentary music skills such as pitch matching, beat competency, ensemble development, and music notation are dealt with using themes taken from the child’s home environment and natural surroundings.
Kindergarten Music and Movement (5 before September 1) (new students must also purchase a glockenspiel)
This weekly 55 minute class is a sequential program to prepare children for future instrumental instruction. Kindergarten music class includes singing, creative and structured movement, playing instruments and ensemble work, ear training and guided listening, as well as a developmentally sound approach to music literacy that builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory and self expression.