Ages 16 months to 6.5 Years

The ages between birth and nine years are crucial for laying down foundations needed for future music education. Young children are most receptive to music in their early years. Musical training in young childhood has been proven to increase the potential in all future musical endeavors. In addition, music study nurtures language development, stimulates brain activity, evokes movement, fosters creativity, and involves physical coordination in a holistic experience that creates musical memories for a lifetime.

WMC offers a range of classes grouped by age for young children. Aligned with the development of children to experience their environment and begin to express themselves, classes encourage and foster their musical, intellectual, and emotional growth.

Early Childhood Music Classes:

  • Encourage musical growth and development of independence, self-expression, and self-confidence.
  • Facilitate a joyful musical bond between parent and child as parents or caregivers join classes for younger children to participate in interactive games, songs, and dances.
  • Allow children to participate in singing, moving, listening, playing simple instruments, and beginning to explore instruments in a nurturing environment
  • Develop child’s musical expression through singing, creative and structured movement, guided listening experiences, and musical games.

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Early Childhood Music and Movement Curriculum: Musikgarten

  • Developmentally Age Appropriate Musical Activities
  • Focuses On Building Aural (listening) Foundation
  • Facilitates Self-Expression
  • Establishes Foundation for Music Literacy
  • Includes Song/story CDs for Home Listening, Games, and Parent Booklets to Facilitate Parental Involvement

Four basic musical components featured in all classes – Singing, listening, movement, and playing simple rhythm instruments.

Singing – Early years are rich in vocal development, both speaking and singing. A critical time for the formation of language of a child’s environment peaks at approximately around 2-yrs of age and continues to develop into formal language to age 6.  the experience with sensory-motor through singing helps in language development since children need to communicate their perceptions with words.

Listening – Children need to hear good music.  specific listening exercises are chosen to develop auditory acuity and discrimination skills. The entire music class is a rich aural experience.  A variety of musical styles and recordings are introduced including excerpts from classical instrumental music which introduce the children to masterpieces from many genre.

Movement – Movement activities in music class take many forms, from finger plays and body awareness songs and chants, to different story settings, which involve the child’s growing imagination. Feelings  and moods are important as well as gestures. Facial expressions, and body language are well suited to their need for communication.  The selected recorded movement stories focuses on how music express moods, feelings, and concepts. The music suggests the movements. The children must listen keenly in order to direct their movement in response to music.  The use of scarves and hoops is another kind of movement that helps develop the sense of time and flow, as well as steady beat.

Playing – Playing musical instruments is a natural interest to young children. Young children have the tendency to touch, handle, and manipulate objects. They gain valuable experience from opportunities that purposefully explore making sound with instruments.

Benefits of Early Childhood Music:

Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns awaken and stimulate neural pathways in the brain that help develop memory, math skills, and powers of abstract and creative thinking.  Music touches all.

Music immerses the child in language.
Music evokes movement.
Music stimulates the brain.
Music fosters physical coordination.
Music develops listening skills, the foremost necessity for learning.

Family Music for Babies

Ages: 6 – 16 Months
FRI 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. FALL CLASS CLOSED. ENROLL IN SPRING BELOW.
Start Dates: 9/23/16 & 2/10/17
Instructor: Timothy Maureen Cole

Tuition: $175 (15 weeks)

Bounce, wiggle, rock, roll, crawl,  play simple instruments and bond with your baby.  Class brings parent/caregivers together to enjoy and share a “musical play” time in a social and non-stressful environment. Parent/caregiver participates for the entire class time. Family materials include:  CD recording, instrument packet, and parent book.

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Music for Toddlers

Ages: 17 – 24 Months
FRI 9:35 – 10:05 a.m.
Instructor: Timothy Maureen Cole
SAT 8:25 – 8:55 a.m.
Instructor: Joyce Alexander
Spring Start Dates: 2/4/17 & 2/10/17

Tuition: $175 per semester (15 weeks)

FALL CLASSES CLOSED. ENROLL IN SPRING CLASSES BELOW.

Designed to encourage joyful participation by both child and parent/caregiver. Singing, dancing, and playing simple rhythm instruments lay the foundation for lifelong musical learning and enjoyment through musical play. Parent/caregiver participate for the entire class time. Family materials include:  CD recording, rhythm sticks, and parent book.

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Ages: 2 – 3 Years
FRI 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Instructor: Timothy Maureen Cole
SAT 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Instructor: Joyce Alexander
Start Dates: 9/17/16 & 9/23/16
Spring Start Dates: 2/4/17 & 2/10/17

Tuition: $175 per semester (15 weeks)

Encourage musical growth and develop a joyful musical bond with your child by participating in singing, moving, listening, and playing simple instruments. Parents/caregivers participate for the entire class time. Family materials include:  CD recording, rhythm sticks, and parent book.

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Musical Explorations

Ages: 3-4 Years
FRI 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Timothy Maureen Cole
SAT 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Joyce Alexander
Start Dates: 9/17/16 & 9/23/16
Spring Start Dates: 2/4/17 & 2/10/17

Tuition:  $275 (15 weeks)

Develop your child’s musical expression through singing, movement, musical games, and exploration of instruments in a nurturing environment. Parents/caregivers join the children at the end of each class to participate in interactive games, songs, and dances. Class materials include song/story CDs for home listening to facilitate parental involvement.

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Music Makers I

Ages: 4.5-5.5 Years
TUE  4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
SAT 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Fall Start Dates: 9/17/16 & 9/20/16
Spring Start Dates: 1/31/17 & 2/4/17
Instructor: Joyce Alexander

Tuition: $275 (15 weeks)

Part 1 of a two-year sequential program that encourages the development of independence, self-expression, and self-confidence through singing, creative and structured movement, ensemble work, guided listening experiences, and musical games.  Family of instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) are introduced and demonstrated. The elements of music that include solfege, rhythmic patterns, musical staff, and improvisation are also introduced. Class materials include song/story CDs, posters, game pieces, notation games, and parent booklets.

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Music Makers I Instrumental Add-On

Ages: 4.5-5.5 Years
TUE  5:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Start Dates: 9/20/16 & 1/31/17
Instructor: Joyce Alexander

Tuition: $75 (15 weeks)

This class is a musical instrument add-on to Music Makers I.

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Music Makers II

Ages: 5.5-6.5 Years
TUE 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
SAT 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fall Start Dates: 9/17/16 & 9/20/16
Spring Start Dates: 1/31/17 & 2/4/17
Instructor: Joyce Alexander

Tuition: $275 (15 weeks)

Part 2 of a two-year sequential program that explores the music of the British Isles, Germany, Amerindian, and African American Heritage. Curriculum features songs, dances, stories, and customs of these cultures. The elements of music that include solfege, rhythmic patterns, musical staff, and improvisation are further developed. Introduction to composers and their works are discussed, including Mozart, Handel, Beethoven, Scott Joplin and more. Class materials are included. At the completion of Music Makers II, your child will have a solid, comprehensive music foundation, and an excellent preparation for the next step: private instrumental lessons.

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Music Makers II Instrumental Add-On

Ages: 4.5-5.5 Years
TUE  6:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Start Dates: 9/20/16 & 1/31/17
Instructor: Joyce Alexander

Tuition: $75 (15 weeks)

This class is a musical instrument add-on to Music Makers II.

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Music For Children with Special Needs – Private Music Therapy Classes

Private or group setting; children experience the joy of participating in clinical-based musical activities and interventions tailored to individualized goals under the guidance of a board-certified music therapist.

Group Classes for Ambulatory/Non-ambulatory Students and Children on the Autism Spectrum
Ages 3-10
Date/Time: TBD
Instructor: Joyce Alexander

Tuition $260 (45 Minutes)

For Private Music Therapy Lessons, please call the WIPA office at 908.790.0700.