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First Steps in Music

Online offering for Fall 2020. 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 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 course will provide your children a solid musical foundation that will help them excel in their future endeavors with singing, dancing, and playing instruments.

This class will be taught online with both synchronous (Zoom) and asynchronous (Google Classroom) formats. Children will need assistance from a parent or caregiver to assist with the technology. This class offers extra flexibility to accommodate a range of learning styles and abilities.

Faculty:  Lynn Rubin, certified First Steps in Music instructor

Tuition per seession:  $200  (8 weekly online classes, consisting of a 30-minute live session on Zoom plus a 15-minute recorded activity to be done at the family's convenience)

Materials Required:  Students will use "found objects" such as wooden spoons, chopsticks, or sticks from outside as beat-keeping sticks. We'll also use toys that represent concepts such as fast/slow or high/low. This will be explained in more detail in the first class to assist families in finding the best objects possible.

Register Online    Please contact the registrar for last-minute availability in classes that are already underway and no longer visible in our registration portal.

Class Days & Times:

Wednesday 3:00 - 3:30 PM on Zoom + 15-minute recorded activity 8 weeks Begins September 23
Wednesday 3:00 - 3:30 PM on Zoom + 15-minute recorded activity 8 weeks Begins December 2

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