This infant-four (mixed age class) follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together.
Children and their parents or primary caregivers meet 45 minutes per week for ten weeks to experience new songs, chants, movement activities, and instrumental jam sessions. In class, you and your child will experience the joy of actual music-making and the freedom to respond spontaneously to those experiences. Because young children instinctively respond to and imitate their loved ones, the active participation of parents and caregivers - regardless of musical ability! - is an essential part of the rich musical environment we create.
Very young children learn best through play, so our teachers are specially trained to foster an enjoyable, easy atmosphere where adults can relax as they play musically with their children. In class, you and your child will have many opportunities to create and play - making up new words to songs, improvising rhythms, dancing freely or simply observing and taking it all in.
Babies coo, gurgle, and flex their torsos in response to music. Toddlers shake rattles, bounce to the beat, and sing occasional notes. Three-year-olds often have favorite songs and instruments to play and can "lose themselves" in music. Four-year-olds like to have an effect on the activity--creating ways to move or inventing new words to songs.
Babies Class (Infant-10 Months)
Our babies class is specifically designed to teach you how to support music development in infancy and how to connect with your baby through music using methods such as "purposeful touch," "sound-layering," "dancing for baby," etc. And since our Babies Class uses the same song collections as our other classes, you will experience a seamless transition as your baby grows into our mixed-age, in-school, and "Big Kids" classes.