Baby classes are designed for children ages birth to 15 months.
Our Baby class provides a more relaxed setting with fewer stand-up songs and no walking children. Participants in Babies infant class will receive a download link which includes the CD with the current session's Music Collection and The Lullaby collection, and also a PDF-Songbook (which includes the song’s lyrics, paper sheets and some extrainformation forparents) – all in English: materials from The Music Class Inc® SUA.
Infants in Baby classes experience a large variety of rhythm instruments and props, including but not limited to: Egg Shakers, Wrist Bells, Maraquitas, Triangles, Two-Tone Blocks, Cabasas, Drums, Co-op Band, Balls and Puppets. Many parents know that early childhood is the window of opportunity for music development.
An infant's participation will seem passive at first, as they actively absorb what they are seeing, hearing, and feeling. As their bodies and nervous systems quickly mature, the infants often show progressively more complex musical responses and evidence of song recognition. Parents will learn in class how to enhance their child's music development and how to create or enhance the musical bond with their baby and a lifelong love of music.
A baby’s brain is still forming - more so than at any other time in its life. As babies are learning the sounds of language, they are adding the rhythms and tones of music. Just as children learn to speak by hearing their parents speak - learning many of the sounds necessary for communication before they ever utter their first word - children go through the same process of listening, decoding and then experimenting on their own with musical skills. Even if your child is too young to actively participate in class, rest assured that he or she is learning.
Early exposure to music will payoff significantly later in life. It’s never too early to start playing music and singing to your baby!
Toddler classes are for children ages one to three to enjoy with a parent or caregiver.
In Toddler classes, children participate in a playful, no pressure environment with parent/child interaction so that children at different developmental levels and with different learning styles can all participate and benefit together. Children will develop pitch, rhythm, fine and gross motor skills, speaking skills, creative thinking skills and more! Research shows that this mixed-age interaction is the most beneficial approach to early childhood learning.
Participants in our Toddler classes will also receive a downloadable link with the current session's Music Collection CD and the PDF-Songbook:materials from The Music Class Inc® SUA.
Toddlers learn through play; so class needs to be fun. They are watching and experimenting on their own, discovering what they like. They will enjoy playing instruments, singing and dancing. Though their efforts are not very accurate, they will begin to show improved musical skills as they grow older.
These children have become more accurate in reproducing music, both tonally and rhythmically. They begin to interact less with their parents and more with their teacher and the other children. They are still busy observing and imitating. At this age they become more creative and develop their own ways of singing songs and doing activities. This should be supported and encouraged!
Early childhood educators are now recommending mixed-age groupings as a better learning environment. Older children learn from being in a leadership role, and younger children benefit from the example of an older child. Mixed-age classrooms also promote social skills and self-esteem. The classes have more of a family feel rather than a school orientation. Siblings can participate together, as well as moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers. (No need to get a babysitter!). The curriculum is designed to teach on many levels of complexity at once. Children of the same age are not necessarily in the same state of musical development. The activities are parent-child oriented, not child-child, so children don't need to be with children of the same age.
Preschool classes are 4 to 6 yearoldsto attend with a parent or caregiver (optional).
In Preschool classes you can expect the same fun spirit and some of the same activities as our Toddler classes (one to five), plus more challenging activities to promote self-esteem and self-discipline. These classes are developed especially for children who have mastered the goals of our Toddler classes and who need additional challenge to continue their musical development.
New challenges include:
- Develop critical listening skills. While critical listening skills are essential for musical success, the fun activities we do in Music Preschool® will also prepare your child to be a better listener in the classroom.
- Fun props and activities are a hallmark of The Music Class®. In Music Preschool®, your child will enjoy using large drums and our unique Giant Keyboard.
- Fun keyboarding activities to help prepare our students for future keyboard or piano lessons.
- We introduce band and orchestra instruments, and practice identifying the sounds they produce.
- Individualized tonal and rhythm instruction is included each week to challenge each student at his or her own level.
- downloadable link with our current Music Class collection CD and PDF-Songbook: materials from The Music Class Inc® SUA, plus an additional practice CD.
Children in Preschool classes experience a large variety of rhythm and tonal instruments and props, including but not limited to: Egg Shakers, Wrist Bells, Rhythm Sticks, Resonator Bells, Maraquitas, Triangles, Two-Tone Blocks, Cabasas, Drums, Co-op Band, Scarves, Voice Flexing Cards, Instrument Identification Cards, Big Foot Floor Piano, Gathering Drum and 8-note Handbells.