A child’s first musical experience should blend easily into his or her familiar world of sound discovery, imagination, and physical movement. Early childhood classes take place at the Music School and in Music in the Community Initiative partnerships. They are carefully designed to be age-appropriate, with the goal of developing inner hearing and rhythm, not early instrumental skills. These active classes explore musical concepts through singing, movement, and play. All classes are fully accessible for children of differing abilities.
Music & Movement
Children ages 5 mo - 7 yr and their parents/caregivers
Sing, play, and dance with us!
A Musical Bridge
The Music School has created a strong link bridging the early childhood curriculum with individual instruction or the ensemble sequence in each department. Classes for young children have been designed in the string, wind, voice and percussion departments to be an age-appropriate, fun introduction to pursuing further study.
Heather Oberheim, Nancy Shillaber, & Katy Gibney
This experiential class, team-taught by three of our faculty members, is designed as an introduction to individual instruction in piano (though students are welcome to move on to any other instrument). Designed to seamlessly integrate the elements of rhythm, ear-training, and reading, each class will include a combination of creative movement, singing, recorder, and piano. The keyboard component will give children a chance to learn about the piano through games, duets, listening, and learning their first songs on the keyboard.
Suzuki Violin Program
Suzuki Talent Education offers a curriculum of music instruction based on the mother tongue method; most children learn to speak their native tongue with fluency and comfort. Dr. Suzuki discovered that music is a language that can be learned in the same manner. Although the Suzuki Method is used for teaching music, it is more than just a music education. It builds a child’s self esteem through learning to cooperate, setting goals, and appreciating beauty in the arts- skills a child will use and appreciate for a lifetime.
Students use hand drums, xylophones, and other instruments to learn fundamental percussion techniques in a fun ensemble setting, building instrumental and musicianship skills through simple percussion pieces.
Learning to play recorder is an excellent way for children to develop note-reading, melodic, and rhythmic skills, as well as to develop the breathing, articulation, and fingering techniques necessary for playing a brass or woodwind instrument.
Purple Finches Youth Chorus: Fledglings