First Steps in Music

The First Steps in Music curriculum, created by renowned educator John Feierabend, Ph.D., is designed to prepare children to become musical through a variety of songs, activities, games, and rhymes. Children discover the joy of music while developing listening, language, motor, creative, and social skills. Our goal is to help each child discover their natural musical aptitude, build a musical vocabulary, nourish musical intelligence, and develop a lifelong love for music.

First Steps in Music for Pre-K and Beyond (Ages 3–5)

First Steps in Music for Pre-K and Beyond classes are your child's first music classes without you. Students enrolling in this class should be independent enough to be "out of sight" of their caregiver for the duration of the class and be able to use the bathroom independently. The curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in three ways:

  • "Tuneful" – Children who are tuneful have tunes in their heads and have learned to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.  We cultivate tunefulness in classes by learning proper vocal technique and by singing echo, call & response, and simple songs.  Children are also encouraged to make up spontaneous tunes of their own during classes. 
  • "Beatful" – Children who are beatful are able to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either twos or threes. We cultivate beatfulness in class by keeping the beat of chants and songs on our bodies as well as on instruments.
  • "Artful" – Children who are artful are able to demonstrate sensitivity to emotion in music, and respond accordingly. We cultivate artfulness in class by moving expressively to a variety of styles and types of music. This includes fingerplays, action songs, circle games, and moving to the form and melodic lines of music without words.

This class will provide your children with a solid musical foundation that will help them excel in their future endeavors with singing, dancing, and playing instruments.

First Steps offers extra flexibility to accommodate a range of learning styles and abilities. Children enrolling in this class should be sufficiently independent to spend 45 minutes away from their caregiver and use the restroom on their own. Please contact the registrar if you need assistance choosing a class that is developmentally appropriate for your child.

Faculty:  Lynn Rubin, certified First Steps in Music instructor

Tuition per session:  $424 (16 classes - 45 minutes)

Note: This program can accept new students until the fourth class of the session; please contact the registrar for availability. Tuition will be prorated. 

Register Online    Registration is open for Fall 2023

Registrations accepted online, in person, or by telephone at 781-721-2950.

Class Days & Times:

Monday 3:15 - 4:00 PM Lynn Rubin 16 weeks Begins Sept. 11  
Monday 4:00 - 4:45 PM Lynn Rubin 16 weeks Begins Sept. 11  
Monday 4:45 - 5:30 PM Lynn Rubin 16 weeks Begins Sept. 11

* For further registration details and policies, including cancellation of under-enrolled classes, click here.