We recently had the opportunity to attend a music learning class with our 3-year old son. He loves singing, dancing, and playing instruments but neither of his parents are particularly experienced (read: talented) in this area. So we enlisted the help of an expert!
The Music Academy at CUMC class uses an assortment of activities to introduce the children to different aspects of music. The little ones learn about music basics like cadence and rhythm while having so much fun they don’t realize they’re learning! Not only are the kids learning basic concepts, they are also being exposed to more advanced ideas like whole beats versus half beats. They get to mimic the movements described in the songs they use, which the kids love! Of course they love the hands-on activities also, using scarves and instruments.
They’re welcomed to class with a special song each week, and dismissed with another. My son has been singing the songs he’s learned in class for a month now! Even more exciting, I’m seeing his musical creativity bloom and he’s beginning to create his own songs and replacing words to familiar songs with his own.
Mrs. Liz and Mrs. Lynda, the teachers, are calming presences and keep the class structured, which is a tall task with a room full of preschoolers! My son loves being with other children his own age and as a work-at-home-mom, I love that he’s able to get out and socialize as well. He asks me almost every day, “Is today Tuesday? Is it music class day?”
One of the things my husband really appreciated about the class was that the students are taught to get out, put together, share, and clean up their own instruments. Sharing and responsibility are unexpected bonus themes that they’re picking up while in class.
If you have a child who’s interested in music, (and even if you have one who isn’t – this class could spark that desire!) I recommend checking out the Music Academy at Community United Methodist Church!
Music Academy, music learning classes using the Orff system (see below for more info), for children ages 3-8 yrs old.
Age-specific groups meet:
- Tuesdays (age 3-4, 1:15-2:00 p.m.)
- Wednesdays (age 3-4, 1:15-2:00 p.m.)
Class size limited to 10 each and registration/tuition required.
Check out the CUMC website for more info here.
Orff System defined:
The Orff Schulwerk, or simply the Orff Approach, is one of several developmental approaches including the Kodaly Method, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Suzuki Method used in music education. It combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to child’s world of play. (from Orff Schulwerk entry in Wikipedia)