Young Child

For 5 to 7 year olds

Young Child prepares the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument.

Available Session(s):


  • Fall 2017 Semester One
    Sep 20, 2017 through Jan 18, 2018

    Semester One — Everything your child learns later in semesters 2, 3, and 4 begins with this early introduction to singing, reading, and writing music and rhythm. Through dances and games that focus on rhythmic development, we’ll learn a keyboard instrument—the glockenspiel—which will be used throughout all the Young Child classes. Your At Home Materials provide the music, instruments, stickers, and activities for a home version of the same playful activities you’ll hear about from class, so your child—and you!—can learn where you’re most comfortable: at home.

    Young Child / Semester One Monthly Mini Themes:

    • Lessons 1-4: Music is Everywhere: We live in a world of sound. As students listen, learn and explore the sounds that are all around us, they are developing important skills that can enhance all later learning.
    • Lessons 5-8: Ready Steady Go! Musical beats can be fast or slow. They make our toes feel like tapping and our feet feel like marching. A steady beat is the underlying pulse of music and of life. Mixing up the steady beat into smaller and longer pieces give us music! We will listen to the rhythm of weather in the rain and wind and even a musical storm composed by Beethoven in his Pastoral Symphony.
    • Lessons 9-12: The Melody of Nature: Birds sing to us with many voices and songs. Melody is the part of music that we want to sing. The language of melody starts with games about high and low. Join us for songs, imaginative play and instrument exploration, all exploring MELODY.
    • Lessons 13-15: Glockenspiels – Pre Keyboard Skills! Musical learning for kids who are 4-6 is all about experiencing music through play and HANDS ON exploration. In this unit we use the pre-keyboard instrument called a Glockenspiel to organize and expand learning about steady beat, melody, and rhythm.


    Session Includes:

    Home Materials: Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, glockenspiel, and canvas bag (during first semester).

    Days & Times: Wednesday 1:15 PM, Thursday 4:30 PM
    Session Length: 60 minutes per week for 15 weeks. Parents join for the last 10 minutes.
    Session Costs: $330 for tuition and materials.
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  • Fall 2017 Semester Three
    Sep 21, 2017 through Jan 18, 2018

    Semester Three — Appalachian music is a featured musical style this semester. First, you and your child will build a two-stringed dulcimer instrument with materials that we’ll provide. Then in class we’ll learn to play chords and simple melodies on the instrument you built together. We’ll also explore rhythm concepts through dance with an introduction to the basic steps in jazz, ballet, and tap dances. Your Home Materials include dulcimer-making materials, activity cards, and music that features recordings from Appalachia, African-America, and Native American music, as well as the Western Art music of the Nutcracker Suite.

    Young Child / Semester Three Monthly Mini Themes:

    • Lessons 31-34: The Music of Appalachia: There is a rich history in the Mountains of Appalachia, where dulcimers strum, washboards scrub, and spoons click. We will learn to play the TWO STRING DULCIMER and explore the unique sounds, games and dances of this region.
    • Lessons 35-37: Songs of the Sea: Feeling the salty sea air, listening to a sea shanty and composing our own sea story is how we will spend some of our time making music out on the Ocean Blue
    • Lessons 38-42: Jazz of the City and Songs of Nature: Dixieland Jazz and Spirituals are just two forms of music that come from the African American Culture. Nature as experienced by Native Americans has inspired beautiful music as well. Join us as we celebrate these musical styles through dance, ensembles, and composition.
    • Lessons 43-45: The World of Dance: Music is for playing and MOVING! Ballet, Tap and Jazz all have distinct sounds and dances. The Nutcracker Suite by Peter Tchaikovsky is a familiar story and shows perfectly all the ways music can move us.


    Session Includes:

    Home Materials: Children’s Folder with stickers, games bag, and Music At Home Cards, Family Songbook, Home CD of music from class, and dulcimer.

    Days & Times: Thursday 5:30 PM
    Session Length: 60 minutes per week for 15 weeks. Parents join for the last 10 minutes.
    Session Costs: $330 for tuition and materials.
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