Early Childhood Musik School of WMUMC
Newport News, Virginia
Early Childhood Music Classes Since 1985




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Class Descriptions


Family Music for Babies (Newborns - 18 Months)15 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.

 
Tuition:$160
Materials:$40
Total:$200

Family Music for Toddlers (16 months - 3 Years)15 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. 

 
Tuition:$160
Materials:$35.00
Total:$195

Cycle of Seasons (Ages 3s and Young 4s)15 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 (2 packets throughout year) including  4 CDs ,2 songbooks, and manipulatves that allow the learning and fun to continue at home.

 
Tuition:$160
Materials:$40
Total:$200

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.

 
Tuition:$400
Materials:$110
Total:$510

Music Makers: Around the World (Ages 5 & 6 Years)30 week session

This class is designed to accommodate the 5 and 6 year old and is a perfect follow-up for children who have completed Music Makers: At Home in the World. In this class, children explore the music, dances and stories of different cultures. As always, the key ingredients are singing, listening, playing instruments, lots of movement, and tonal and rhythm patterns. Through echoing patterns, the children will build a vocabulary of musical phrases which they can recognize aurally and visually, which leads to an understanding of musical notation. At the end of the year, the children will be introduced to the keyboard, using the same method they'll use in Music Makers: At the Keyboard next year!

Materials include a CD, a map, song pages, and notation games. Children will receive 4 packets throughout the 30 weeks.

 
Tuition:$400
Materials:$110
Total:$510

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.

 
Tuition:$400
Materials:$110.00
Total:$510

Music Makers: At the Keyboard II (Graduate of Keyboard I)30 week session
 
Tuition:$400
Materials:$110.00
Total:$510

Music Makers: At the Keyboard III (Graduate of Keyboard II)30 week session
 
Tuition:$400
Materials:$110
Total:$510

Camp Classes: My Musical World (Birth - 18 months)30-40 minutes for 8 weeks

Two eight week programs of 30-40 mins each: 

  1. Nimble & Quick
  2. Twist & Turn

Musikgarten’s All Together Now recaptures the magic of nursery rhymes (a wonderful part of our cultural tradition featuring delightful language and playful rhythms) in a versatile mixed-age curricula for children birth to four.  There is lots of movement for those toddlers, while three year-olds and older will learn language skills and use their imaginations in fun new ways.

 

Each program is full of music, movement, imagination, and class time fun. The unique Music for Movement compositions on the CDs will enable children to explore walking and jumping (Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick), twisting and turning (Oliver Twist, you can’t do this!) and many more concepts which are just right for your toddler movers and shakers!  Both children and parents will find that after just one class, they’ll look forward to many more! 

 

Parents will receive a family packet with CD, parent book and either an instrument or manipulative.


Nature's Music for 2's and 3's (2 - 3 Years)

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.