You know how important it is to read to your child. Did you know that early childhood music experiences can have a positive effect on childhood development? The Community Music School @ St. Stephen’s Church is pleased to offer "Music Makers," a new program for very young children—infants, toddlers, and preschool ages. This community-wide offering is not limited to members of St. Stephen's Church. Aside from providing an enjoyable experience for you and your child, these classes can offer other important benefits. Numerous studies have shown that music instruction can enhance learning in other areas of a child’s development. Singing, listening, and moving involves several different skill sets. Areas that can benefit from such activities include communication skills and language development, spatial-temporal skills, even higher test scores.
These classes are meant to be taken with a parent or other caregiver. Enroll your child in an exciting, fun-filled music program where he or she will learn high quality musical selections that will remain in the memory for a lifetime. Created and taught by Dawn Childs, the early childhood music classes at St. Stephen’s incorporate the best concepts of several world-renowned early childhood music and movement curricula. Children have the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate activities such as singing, dancing, listening, chanting, and playing simple instruments in order to touch on all areas of development. Music classes will help your child explore language, develop listening skills, build confidence, and use their creativity—all while fostering their natural love for music.
Fall semester // September 7 through December 15, 2017
Includes 12 classes, with an extra week built in for make-ups or absences (date exceptions noted in registration links). You do not need to be a member of St. Stephen’s Church to participate. For online registration, click the desired class time below.
Infants (six through 17 months with parent/caregiver)
Activities include singing, dancing, rocking, bouncing, listening, and echoing. Take-home materials are included.
Classes offered: Fridays, 9:30-10 a.m. // Tuition: $145 per 12-week semester
Toddlers (18 months until age three with a parent/caregiver)
Activities include singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening and playing simple instruments. Take-home materials are included.
Classes offered: Thursdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. | Fridays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. // Tuition: $145 per 12-week semester
Preschoolers (age 3 through Pre-K, parent/caregiver optional)
Activities include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, dramatic play, creative movement, exploring musical instruments, and story telling. Take-home materials are included.
Classes offered: Fridays, 1:15-2:00 p.m. // Tuition $200; add $60 for lunch option
Lunch option: Fridays, 12-2 p.m. includes afternoon class preceded by supervised lunch and playground time (you should send lunch with your child)
Tuition discounts are available for multiple children from one family or children participating in more than one section weekly. Class size is limited to 10 children (15 for preschool)
Dawn Childs, Music Makers creator and teacher // 804.288.2867 // email