Baby and Adult: Newborn to 12-18 months:
“Hickory, Dickory, Tickle, and Bounce” and “Rhythm of My Day!” (40 minutes)
Add songs and poems to your repertoire of things to do with a young child and use music and movement to create your own common language. Develop a community of friends with young children. Music and movement deliver amazing educational content to young children!
Hickory Dickory: Research shows the more you expose your baby to nursery rhymes and songs, the stronger those emerging language-learning skills will be. That's why these Mother Goose-like stories and rhymes are the main theme of this class.
Rhythm of My Day helps bring more rhythm and routine to your baby's day. Home Materials include the CD of music used in the class and an instrument for music-making at home.
Toddler with Adult, for children ages 12 to 18 months to 3 1/2 years,
“Fiddle Dee Dee” (40 minutes)
We'll meet many animal characters in our books, activities, and songs—each specifically chosen for a toddler's emerging interests and physical skills. With silly, bumpy lap bounces, we'll help toddlers develop rhythm while further developing their ever-emerging language skills. With a special stringed instrument emphasis in the music from class, parents can bring home the violin, cello, and orchestra sounds to help their toddlers stay happy and engaged learners at home, too. Home Materials: Double CD featuring songs from class; two interactive storybooks—This Little Piggy Played the Fiddle and Animal Serenade to develop early literacy skills; Home Activity Book, and a pair of Fiddlestick instruments.
Preschool: Ages 3, 4 or 5, “Cities” (40 minutes: Drop off for first 30 minutes)
Cities! Busy Places ~ Friendly Faces -- In this unit, sidewalks, elevators, skyscrapers, and world-traveling photographers are the theme. Learning through the pretend play that preschoolers adore, we'll be rhythmically busy playing storytelling games and handcrafting city "buildings" from wax paper at home so we can make a cityscape in class! Plus every activity has some at-home adaptations so the parent can take part in the learning. With a pair of resonator bars as a featured instrument, and a multicultural, jazzy collection of music, preschoolers will develop the social and intellectual skills they'll need in school. Home Materials: Two books—Razupazu Toto and Down Our Street, Cities! Game Board Set, Two Home CDs—collection of multicultural and jazzy music heard in class, Family Activity Book, and a pair of resonator bars.
Elementary: Ages 4 – 6 years, Young Child II (Drop off for first 45 minutes)
(60 minute class)
Playing simple musical patterns and songs on the featured instrument from the first session—the glockenspiel—is a central focus this semester. While learning to sing a melody, and then play the pattern on the glockenspiel, we'll delve deeper into the understanding of musical concepts such as piano and forte through orchestra-style music such as the William Tell Overture and Peter and the Wolf. Music appreciation and understanding continues with a complete introduction to the instruments—and the families in which they're grouped—of the orchestra.
Elementary: Ages 5 – 7 years, Young Child IV (Drop off for first 45 minutes)
(60 minute class)
In this final semester, we'll introduce the recorder instrument. With a special emphasis on multicultural music, your child will learn to improvise and write music, as well as experience the musical styles of the Pacific Islands, Europe, and Africa; plus play special dances and children's games from around the world, including Alpine dances, Mexico, and Ecuador. (Only Young Child III graduates may enroll.)