Family Music
For Babies

(0-18 months)

DESCRIPTION

Bonds the child and parent/caregiver. Introduces playful musical activities.

  • Bouncing and rocking songs.
  • Wiggle and peek-a-boo games.
  • Singing, dancing and moving.

Teacher plays the role of coach. Parents learn ways to play musically with their babies in arms.

BENEFITS

  • Nurtures a bond of love and security.
  • Increases child’s curiosity about music.
  • Develops child’s listening skills and sense of flow and beat through movement.
  • Provides model for both parent/caregiver and child.

Family Music
For Toddlers

(18 mo.-3 yrs)

DESCRIPTION

Once babies start walking, everything changes.

  • Children explore and experiment with the world of sound more on their own.
  • These “learners in constant motion” get to sing, chant, move, dance, listen and play simple instruments.

Stimulates musical interaction between child and parent.

BENEFITS

  • Channels toddler’s energy productively.
  • Facilitates expression of feelings.
  • Assists memory through repetition.
  • Develops further musical aptitude and focused listening.

The Cycle of
Seasons

(3-4 yrs.)

DESCRIPTION

Musical celebration of the four seasons.

  • Activities build on the child’s growing independence and competencies. Nurtures three year olds’ ability to use language.
  • Capitalizes on the child’s delight in dramatic play within the musical context.

Lessons include: songs, movement activities, exploration of instruments and imaginative stories for children to make their own.

BENEFITS

  • Enhances moving, singing and talking skills.
  • Develops listening, focused attention and self-expression skills.
  • Taps into the child’s vivid imagination.
  • Lays foundation for creative development via story-telling and play-dance response to poetry

Music Makers:
At Home in the World

(5-6 yrs)

DESCRIPTION

Part 1 of a sequential two-year program to give child solid music making foundation.

  • Training the ear.
  • Coordinating body and voice.
  • Establishing fundamental musical skills.
  • Dramatizing folk tales.

BENEFITS

  • Establishes foundation for music literacy.
  • Expands listening capabilities through introduction of orchestral instruments.
  • Builds self-discipline and social skills through ensemble development.
  • Promotes independent and group involvement.
  • Builds skills that impact all academic learning.

Music Makers:
Around the World

(6-7 yrs)

DESCRIPTION

Part 2 of a sequential two-year program to give child solid music making foundation.

  • Singing, ear training, playing instruments, ensemble work and creative movement.
  • Children explore the music of other cultures: Amerindian, African-American, British and German.
  • More focus on writing and reading music.

BENEFITS

  • Enhances cultural awareness.
  • Advances listening, voice and body movement, as well as music literacy.
  • Accentuates symbolic thinking, concentration, memory and self-expression.

Music Makers:
At the Keyboard
YEAR 1

(7-8 yrs)

DESCRIPTION

Introductory method for groups of young beginners.

  • Features a variety of activities which lay the foundation for success at the keyboard.
  • Builds on songs children have come to love.
  • Aural approach to music literacy provides a natural pathway to reading.
  • Approaches music reading both aurally and visually.

BENEFITS

  • Lays groundwork for keyboard success.
  • Fosters excitement and pride in making music both independently and with others.
  • Maintains holistic approach to music learning.

Music Makers:
At the Keyboard
YEAR 2

(8-9 yrs)

DESCRIPTION

Part 2 of the keyboard program.

  • Introduces much-loved piano repertoire.
  • Develops comprehensive musicianship at the keyboard.

BENEFITS

  • Enhances musicianship.
  • Refines body control and ear tuning.
  • Continues to build foundation for life-long instrument playing.