Musical Beginnings

Class Offerings

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Participate with your child, ages 0 to 5 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 -Will not be offered Spring 2018

This is a class for babies, 6 weeks - 18 months 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 - Will not be offered Spring 2018

This is a class for 1-2 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 3-5 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.

Nimble and Quick Multi-Age Class (ages 0-5)

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.

BloomingSongs Multi-Age Class (ages 0-5)

BloomingSongs gives Bloomington area families access to local musicians and their music:contemporary classical, jazz, electronica, Middle Eastern, bluegrass, choral music, and Brazilian choros. Kids of all ages can learn the basics behind improvisation, dynamics, musical forms, tempos, articulations, and various movements. The BloomingSongs project has also offered interactive concerts to area schools, and provided teacher-training workshops. This project is made possible by The Smithville Grant Foundation, Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Grant, area music teachers and early childhood specialists, Monroe County Public Library, Monroe County Community Foundation, Ivy Tech John Waldron Fine Arts Center, Russian Recording, Reimagining Opera for Kids, B-Town Jazz, BloomingSongs composers and musicians, IU Jacobs' PreCollege Program, IU Children's Choir, Boys and Girls Club and the IU African American Choral Ensemble.

Class Schedules Spring 2018

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

Limit of 12 students per class

There will be no class the week of March 12th due to Spring Break

Class Times Instructor Dates Cost w/o
Cost w/
Nimble and Quick
Multi-Age Class
(0-5 yrs)
Mondays: 5:45-6:15 PM Maggie Olivo 2/5-4/16 $115 $145

3's and 4's

Cycle of Seasons
and BloomingSongs

Tuesdays: 5:00-5:45 PM Bridget
2/6-4/17 $130 $170
(0-5 yrs)
Mondays: 5:00-5:30 PM Maggie
2/5-4/16 $110
Materials (optional but recommended for each class):

3's and 4's the Cycle of Seasons: Parent Book, 2 CDs, illustrated animal cards.

Multi-Age Bloomingsongs: CD

Nimble and Quick Multi-Age Class: CD, song book with beanbag

Please Note:

Cycle of Seasons' materials repeat after two years

Multi-Age Class materials repeat after one year