Class Descriptions

Family Music for Babies (Newborns - 18 Months)
13-22 week session
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 class offers adults the opportunity to play with their babies in a musical setting, experiencing music and movement activities designed to delight the child and awaken his or her curiosity about music. By singing, dancing, bouncing, and rocking, the child's music aptitude is being carefully nurtured, laying the foundation for beat awareness, vocal production, and aural discrimination.

Activities include singing, bouncing songs, rocking songs, dances, finger plays, body awareness games and echoes.

Family Music for Toddlers (Ages 16 months - 3 Years)
15-16 week session
This class is designed to bring the joy of music and movement to toddlers and their caregivers.

Activities include singing, dancing, focused listening and simple instrument playing, creating an environment in which the child's music aptitude is nurtured and skills are developed. 

Toddlers (Ages 16 months - 3 years)
  • Addresses the spiritual aspects of the young child's life through inspiring songs and joyful dancing.
  • Focuses on the experience of those closest to them, such as family, friends and nature.
  • Nurtures a child's ability to use language and participate in dramatic play within a musical context
  • Enhances a child's musical aptitude and listening abilities.
  • Stories from the Bible are accompanied by appropriate prayers, songs and rituals.
  • Enhances moral concepts in daily life. Helps direct energy to expression of feelings. 
  • Religious tenets will be learned by the chilren in a joyful manner.
  • CD features dancing, rocking, finger plays, bouncing, patterns, focused listening and beginning instrument play. 

Cycle of Seasons (Ages 3 & 4 years)
30 week session
This class is designed to nurture the emergent independence of the 3 and young 4 year old.

Activities include lots of singing, chants and rhymes, listening games, patterns to echo, and movement games, all of which nurture the child's musical development while satisfying the child's need to learn in a holistic environment.

Parents stay for the class, although some of the activities are designed to have the children participate independently of their parents.

Home materials (3 packets throughout year) including a CD, songbook, and manipulatives allow the learning and fun to continue at home.      

Music Makers: At Home in the World (Ages 4 & 5 Years)
30 week session
This 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.

Material packets include a CD, a poster and game pieces, notation games, instrument pages and a book. Children receive 4 packets throughout the 30-week session.

Music Makers: At the Keyboard I (Ages 6 - 9 Years)
30 week session

The final step on the pathway to music literacy, this program is designed to teach the children to play the songs they've been hearing, singing, and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood. An extension of the work done in Music Makers: Around the World, this class follows a very sequential approach to building piano skills and understanding musical notation as set forth in the books, Music Makers: At the Keyboard.

Children will receive 2 books, including 4 CDs and notation games plus a Parent Handbook throughout the 30 weeks.

Music Makers: At the Keyboard I (Ages 7 - 11)

An outdoor exploration of the living world of nature. Uses tools for exploration to enhance sensorial learning. Sing, move and make music with instruments in a natural setting.

Benefits: Spurs appreciation for nature by highlighting its wonders and delights. Showcases the unique music of nature and lively forms in all animal and plant life.