Musical Beginnings

Class Offerings

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Participate with your child, ages 1 to 4 years old, in singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments (shakers, jingles, small drums, and rhythm sticks), while developing a strong musical bond with your child. Through activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement, your child's musical aptitude and listening abilities are enhanced and further developed. Classes are designed to build attention and self-expression and include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement, and storytelling. Parents of toddlers stay for the entire class. Parents of 3 and 4 year-olds may stay for the class or join in for the last ten minutes of class.

Music for Babies

This is a class for babies, 6 weeks - 1 year old, and their caregivers. Parents, grandparents and guardians will walk away from class with a collection of baby-tested lullabies, fingerplays, bouncing songs and chants to use at home with baby. We will present a warm musical environment, perfect for bonding with your child.

Music for Toddlers

This is a class for 1-3 year olds. The class helps children experience the world around them through singing, movement, listening, playing, and creating music. Children will have an opportunity to play simple musical instruments (rhythms sticks, drums, tone bars, and shakers), engage in listening games, sing songs, and learn simple dances. Parents will be able to watch their children’s musical growth, expand their child’s musical repertoire, and learn activities to do at home.

The Cycle of Seasons

This is a class for 3-4 year olds at the start of the semester.  Children work on skills in singing, movement, listening, playing instruments (rhythms sticks, drums, tone bars, and shakers), and musical vocabulary.  Through music and movement, children will go on many adventures as they explore the seasons.

Twist n' Turn Multi-Age Class

We will move, sing, play simple musical instruments, dramatize and story tell with nursery rhymes, folk songs and classical music. In this multi-age class, younger children will learn from older peer models. Older children will explore leadership roles as they help lead the  class in guided exploration. This class is perfect for siblings. We ask that parents of children two-years and under participate in class. Parents of older children may choose to stay or leave during the middle portion of class.

Class Schedules Fall 2014    



Parent informational meeting for Toddlers and Multi-age:

Toddlers: 5:00-5:30 Monday, September 15th
Multi-age: 5:45-6:15, Monday September 15th
  
Parent informational meeting for Babies and Cycles class:

Babies: 3:30-4:00 Tuesday, September 16th *parents are encouraged to come without children*
Cycles: 4:15-4:45 Tuesday, September 16th
  
 
  
Parents can meet Maggie and Bridget, learn about "why we do what we do" in class and ask questions. All of actual "class time" is devoted to the children, so this is a great opportunity for adults to learn more about the program without interfering with his/her child's learning experience.

Location: Classes will be offered at:
First Presbyterian Church
221 E 6th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408

Limit of 12 students per class
 

Class Times Instructor Dates Cost w/o
materials
Cost w/
materials
Music for Babies
(6 wks-18 months)
Tuesdays: 3:30-4:00 PM Bridget Rinehimer 9/23-12/9 $105 $140
Music for Toddlers
(1-2 yrs)
Mondays: 5:00-5:30 PM Maggie Olivo 9/22-12/8 $105 $135
The Cycle of Seasons I
(3-4 yrs)
Tuesdays: 4:15-5:00 PM Bridget
Rinehimer
9/23-12/9 $120 $160
The Cycle of Seasons II
(3-4 yrs)
Tuesdays: 5:15-6:00 PM Bridget
Rinehimer
9/23-12/9 $120 $160
Twist n' Turn Multi-Age Class
(1-4 yrs)
Mondays: 5:45-6:15 PM Maggie
Olivo
9/22-12/8 $105 $135
 
Materials (optional but recommended for each class):

Music for Babies: Parent Book, CD, 1 Pair Rhythm Sticks, 1 Rattle, 1 Scarf in Cloth Bag.

Music for Toddlers: Parent Book, CD, simple instrument.

The Cycle of Seasons: Parent Book, 2 CDs, illustrated animal cards.

Twist n' Turn Multi-Age Class: CD, song book, grooved rhythm sticks.