The Music and Movement program is based on a combination of Orff, Eurhythmics, and Solfege. Children create and enjoy music in groups, actively participating in a process that motivates and excites them about the joy of music.
The elements of music: pitch, timbre, dynamics, duration, tempo, form, colour and texture are explored daily. Children participate in speech, singing, movement, use of instruments, notation and theory development. The program is creative, ever changing and fascinating to children, being based on their own interests and the events and seasons of their young lives. The transition to private lessons for students from the program is easy.
Above all, the program builds a lifelong love of music and the confidence to express this love through participation in musical experience. What greater gift could be given to a child?
Weekly lessons are 45 minutes long, with the exception of the after-school program, which is one hour. All baby, toddler, and family classes are parent participation. For 3-4 year-old classes, there are non-parent participation options as well. The after-school program is non-parent participation. Parents are welcome to the last 5 minutes of these classes to sneak a peak at what we’ve been up to. A notebook will be provided for each child in non-parent participation classes, which is filled with musical lessons and exercises over the course of the year.
There are three semesters in the teaching year: September through December, January through March and April through June. Summer programs are also available.
Classes are divided into age groups and are available to children aged 6 months through 7 years. Visit our schedule page for more info.
"When we sing one of the songs from Music class at home, my 2 year old will stop and with much joy and excitement announce, "that's a song from Teacher Crystal's music class". The other afternoon, while having quiet time in her room, our 4 year old, was playing "music class" and we could hear her singing one of the opening songs. Although they may not sing loud in class, this reinforces how important repetition is, how she is processing what she is learning and understanding (ie. it is all sinking in!). They love singing the songs that we remember at home. As a parent, I appreciate the handouts, of one of the weekly songs, that we receive at the end of the class." – Heather