Early Childhood Music & Movement
Children are joyous and curious individuals who are ready to explore the world around them. Just as each child is unique, NMS teachers draw from the great giants of early childhood music educators to create a curriculum that is uniquely suited to each group of students. Elements of Orff, Dalcroze, Feierabend, Suzuki and others are employed to create a personalized blend. Classes for younger children (ages 6 months through 3½ years) are designed to include a parent or other adult. Older children (ages 3 through 6) continue their musical development and explore their independence in classes without a parent present.
Drumming and Stomping
5 & 6 year-olds. This class helps students develop a solid musical foundation and prepares them for instrumental study. Using classic African songs (such as Fanga Alafia and Siyahamba) and other rhythmic material, students will sing, play percussion instruments (djembes, congas, rhythm sticks, body percussion, wood blocks and agogos), and march to the rhythms. This engaging drum circle format is incredibly fun, but also gives students the opportunity to learn the basics of melody, harmony, rhythm, composition and improvisation.
Music in Motion I: With Parent
6-24-month-olds; A first experience in music, this course awakens the natural beat within every child. Children experience pulse and rhythm through bouncing, kicking, crawling and, later, walking. Playful song activities are chosen carefully to foster early language development, while introducing pitch, phrasing, tempo and dynamics. Age-appropriate rhythm instruments help develop fundamental motor skills. Parents or caretakers share in the experience with their child.
Music in Motion II: With Parent
2 & 3-year-olds. Action packed! As children continue to grow and become more physically active, this class broadens their musical understanding of pitch, phrasing, tempo and dynamics. Children march, bounce, jump, run and shake using props such as scarves, hoops and ribbons. This class serves as both a pre-instrumental and pre-dance experience.
Music in Motion III
3, 4 & 5-year-olds. In this first solo class without a parent, preschoolers are exposed to a world of dramatic and imaginative play, using their natural creativity to explore the world of music. Pitch, rhythm and beat-keeping are further expanded through stories, singing and instrument play. Skipping, leaping, galloping and group circle dances expand their movement repertoire. In this class we take advantage of the great learning environment of NMS and visit other teaching studios where students are introduced to a range of instruments by skilled teachers.
Yoga Musical Adventures
3 & 4-year-olds. This class will help your child be active, relieve stress and stay positive! Children will learn basic yoga positions and relaxations through simple and fun stories intertwined with songs. Have your child dress comfortably in order to get down on a mat and exercise.