Students try out different instruments while learning about the String Family of instruments.
Our small class size and hands-on music program provide a positive, warm learning environment for children age two and up. Every Kidstunes class is designed to benefit many areas of growth and development in your child, with all instruments and materials provided! Sessions occur once a week for 30-45 minutes, are held during the regular school day, and cover many areas including:
♪ Fundamental Music Concepts
♪ Playing Musical Instruments
♪ Singing/Vocal and Aural Development
♪ Masterworks study - musical "play" with the classic masterpieces and famous composers!
♪ Creative Movement and Dance
♪ Dramatization, Storytelling, and Puppetry
♪ Multi-Cultural Styles and Traditions
♪ Exploring Orchestral Instruments
♪ Creative Composition and Self-Expression
♪ Appreciation of Various Forms and Styles
♪ Music-Related Crafts
♪ Selective Listening Skills
♪ Recognition of Music Symbols and Notation
♪ Cross-Curricular Activities
♪ Literacy Enhancement
Music and movement is fun for all everyone! Children are born innately musical, and we desire to foster those musical skills not only to develop musicianship, but also for the development of the whole child. Research shows that music enhances the development of vital life skills, including cooperation and group effort, aesthetic discrimination, large and small motor coordination, and higher brain functions such as spatial reasoning skills, which are critical in math and science:
“The voice is the first and most important instrument. Vocal activities in a musical environment enrich and support language development. Oral and receptive language can be practiced through the use of call and response songs. Singing also provides an opportunity for self-expression, and helps to develop the sense of self.” “Children must have the opportunity to participate in active music making. To listen to music without the opportunity to engage actively in music production is like hearing the language without the opportunity to communicate with anyone else.” - Cynthia Ensign Baney, Founder of Moriah Music
“Sensory stimulation (through movement and the whole body) is essential to intellectual and emotional development. Early childhood education is play. Movement, sound, and touch are the most important pathways for the young child’s development.” - Carla Hannaford, Ph.D., author of “Smart Moves: Why Learning is not All in Your Head”
“Successful beat competency appears to increase comprehension, coordination, in-tune singing, and attention span.” - Phyllis S. Weikart, developer/director of Education Through Movement: Building the Foundation.
A Sam Houston State University study showed that students age 4 to 6 who were active participants in an early childhood music program and whose parents helped them with musical activities, showed greater gains in the areas of Stanford-Binet subtests measuring abstract reasoning abilities than did students in the control group. - Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
“Children who study music tend to do better academically than those who do not, and they tend to behave more responsibly as students if given the opportunity to study music - even if they are from at-risk populations.” - MENC, Success in School
“Music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students, and the percentage of music participants receiving As, As/Bs, and Bs was higher than the percentage of non-participants receiving those grades.” - NELS:88, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, D.C