The basics of the Young Artists Music Studio includes singing and speaking,
moving to music, refined listening, playing instruments, instrument
identification, pitch and rhythm matching, dramatic play, group and partner
music games, parent-child interaction, and at the later stages, reading
and writing music.
A variety of instruments (drums, bells, sticks, egg shakers,
tambourines, triangles, wood block, guiro, maracas, shakers, piano) and
accessories (scarves, hoops, balls, puppets, dolls, toys) bring songs and
games alive for children.
Many sources are drawn upon for class content, such as Kindermusik and
Musikgarten curricula, books by John Feierabend of Hartt University and other
scholarly research. The classes are singing based and use classical and
folk music from around the world. Families leave classes invigorated,
happy, and singing!
Musical Babies (birth to 16 months and parent):
This class focuses on the cognitive, social and emotional development
that begins in the newborn's first days and months of life. Teacher and
parents join together in stimulating their baby's growth through singing
and bouncing, joyful play, and dancing. The instructor shares information
about baby brain development and language development. 12 classes in a
Musical Beginnings (ages 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 and parent):
Each child and parent experience beginnings of joyful, independent
music making. Song activities include dancing with scarves, rolling
balls, partner games, dancing and singing with hula hoops, playing
instruments (sticks, bells, shaker eggs, drums) and gentle rocking.
Observation and participation are the child's way of first learning.
A home tape and book assist in the family's learning outside class.
"Let's do it again!" is the child's favorite phrase.
12 classes in a semester.
NOTE: There are four separate curricula for the Musical
Beginnings classes. Although there are some seasonal songs
repeated from year to year (holiday, seasons), remember there are four
separate sets of songs with CD/book that go with each curriculum.
Here are the names of the semesters:
- Sing with Me
- Dance with Me
- Play with Me
- Clap with Me
Growing with Music (ages 3 1/2 to 5 and parent):
The child becomes more independent in singing and moving, and parents
take the cues from the child. Beginning ensemble work, partner songs
with movement, working with listening cards, and songs with directions
challenge the child to listen, sing, dance, and act. A craft is assigned
every other week for home enjoyment, and the home tape, book, and listening
cards are fun home activities. Many and varied instruments are used in this
class as well. A bird lesson, including hearing bird calls, is studied
every other week. 12 classes in a semester.
"God's Children Sing!" (two or more children ages birth to 5 and parent):
Due to popular request, this class is for homeschool and other families
that have several children who want to be in music together. Curriculum will
include songs that are God-focused and will include spirituals, some folk
songs, and familiar spiritual songs. Messages of kindness and peacemaking
will be included in the class. Like the other classes, the content will
include singing, movement, dancing, circle and partner games, pitch-matching,
and instruments, and will be tailored to the ages taking the class.
Young Child (ages 6-7):
Children continue to be independent in their singing, and often can hold
their parts in a round. Ensemble work with instruments and singing is
continued, and children enjoy partner and group games and songs.
Children meet independently with the instructor, and parents are invited
in for the last 10-15 minutes to share songs. Instrument families are
studied, and children make basic instruments as part of the class. A
variety of song and dance music is used, including classical, world
music, and folk songs. This class is full of fun, joy, and movement!
REGISTER now for
Fall 2012 classes.