As music and early childhood educators, we know that children learn best in an environment that nurtures, challenges and is so much fun! This is best accomplished in a curriculum devoted entirely for each of our age levels. The enthusiasm and pure joy they experience in our specialized classes will keep you coming back, session after session, and year after year. We guarantee it!
Our songs and activities include material from a wide range of music educators, such as Lynn Kleiner of Simply Music Rhapsody, and Laurie Berkner, as well as our own original , traditional and multi-cultural repertoire of songs and movement activities that make our program so unique. and above all fun., while learning so much.
Baby Boogie 4MOS-13mos) Non-walkers, BABY/ONES-ACTIVE BABIES AND YOUNG 1 YEAR OLDS -
Babies are musical in the womb, so it's never to early to begin your musical education with your baby. You will learn delightful musical ways to play with your baby, make friends, and nurture your baby's sensory development and natural musicianship. Babies love the gentle bouncing, instrument and prop play, peek-a-boo games, tickling rhymes, baby massages and dancing included in our specialized 45 minute class. Please bring a small blanket for your baby to lie down on.
music for 1-2 (14mos-24mos)
MUSIC FOR (1 & 2 Year olds) 16mos-28mos
Movement is the key ingredient at this stage as the children discover their mobility. Instruments are added to our repertoire such as gathering and lollipop drums, bells, tambourines, and a wide assortment of wooden instruments. Props such as balls bubbles, scarves, crates, parachutes and canopies develop fine and gross motor skills and extend the child's movement vocabulary. As the year progresses rhythmic sounds, movement games and the use of specially chosen instruments help toddlers to walk, play and sing successfully.
Kids Jamboree (2 & 3 years or 2-4 year olds)
This is a wonderful age for making music as children are eager to participate in more independent activities while learning to observe and follow the example of the teacher. Echo singing and call and response are encouraged to develop language, listening, and pitch matching skills. Using our many varied instruments, children will learn how to make “soft” and “loud” sounds, and when to play “fast” or slow”, to sing and fully express themselves rhythmically. Circle dances, creative movement, puppets, felt board activities and songbooks provide a creative dimension to their music making experience. By the end of the year – to everyones delight – they will be encouraged to entertain us with a solo!
PRE-SCHOOL SWING - (3 & 4 YRS) (3-5yrs) with & without adult
At this stage, most children are ready to increase their independence and we will encourage parents to be more on the sidelines, while children are engaging with the teacher and their peers. Imaginary music play is one of our favorite ways of broadening creative movement and dance with the use of props such as scarves, streamers, and group dances. Solo singing, song stories, and singing into a microphone are encouraged to develop good pitch and vocal skills. With the use of our wide array of instruments – from our simple percussion and Orff instruments – they begin to learn that musicians play and sing together in an ensemble. Learning how to be a conductor, acting out songs, learning simple group dances, beat-keeping, and rhythm games are some of their favorite activities.
MAKIN MUSIC-YOUNG MUSICIANS ( 4 & 5 YEAR OLDS) without adult
This class is designed for children who are not yet ready for formal lessons of learning to play a musical instrument but designed to build a foundation for playing an instrument later on. This is a very social year of development. Language, movement, rhythm and melody are used in game form with their peers, to develop coordination, self- concept and creativity, and important listening skills, as well as to promote self-esteem and leadership skills.
Children will explore solo and echo singing, group singing, singing into a microphone with puppets, and song stories to develop good pitch and vocal skills. Dancing, creative movement, and musical activities from around the world are explored with scarves, streamers, parachutes, and more. The children gain exposure to beginning musical notation, learn how to be a conductor, and orchestrate songs with our beautiful Orff instruments, percussion, and ethnic instruments.
Family & Friends (Mixed age: 0-5) Family Swing (1-3)
This class offers musical activities that can be enjoyed by children of varying ages. With use of our wide variety of instruments, props, and puppets, children and their grownups are exposed to wonderful, fun songs, stories, games, and dances which allow each child to participate at his or her own unique level. We will combine the best songs and activities from all the different age levels.
*Older siblings welcome; babies under 10 months not walking free