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Early Childhood Classes

Sherwood Community Music School takes great pride in offering a variety of classes for young children that nurture their innate musical abilities.

 

Most young children learn best in a playful and informal learning environment. At Sherwood, we create that safe, nurturing environment through a curriculum that emphasizes informal learning and play, and by hiring teachers who are trained in early childhood development and music. All of our early childhood instructors have successfully completed training in the Music Together® curriculum and have prior experience working with young children in arts-based learning.


Music Together®

Mixed-Age, Birth - 4 Years

Music Together® is a music and movement-based approach to early childhood development for children ages birth through four and their parents or other primary caregivers. Using developmentally appropriate musical experiences such as singing, dancing, chanting, listening, observation, and exploring small rhythmic instruments, children will develop basic music competencies, while interacting socially with others in a small group setting.

Music Together classes run on a different schedule than other Sherwood clases. Please refer to the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar for term details.

Parent/caregiver attendance is required in classFor more information on Music Together®, visit www.musictogether.com.

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Music Together® Babies

Birth - 8 months

This is a Music Together® class designed exclusively for the 8 months and younger set! The specifically chosen song activities will facilitate an active support for infants’ musical growth, and the creation of a special bond between parent/caregiver and child through music. Attendees will enjoy babbling with baby, finger play, large movement, and the use of partners and mirrors during class.

Music Together classes run on a different schedule than other Sherwood clases. Please refer to the 2013-2014 Academic Calendar for term details.

Parent/caregiver attendance is required in class. For more information on Music Together®, visit www.musictogether.com.

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Music Together® Spanish Fusion

Mixed-Age, Birth - 4 Years

Spanish Fusion© offers the same song collections as the Mixed-Age Music Together® class, but will also include vocabulary and folk songs in the Spanish language. The Spanish fluent teacher will speak and sing bilingually, introducing you and your child to Spanish in a developmentally appropriate manner. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required, just an openness to singing in a new language.

Music Together classes run on a different schedule than other Sherwood clases. Please refer to the 2013-2014 Academic Calendar for term details.

Parent/caregiver attendance is required in class. For more information on Music Together®, visit www.musictogether.com.

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Music Together Spanish Fusion

New! Little Hoppers

Ages 2-3.5

Alongside a parent or caregiver, each Little Hopper will explore dance with the help of games and songs. By gaining familiarity with body coordination and creative movement, children will enhance their whole brain development. Together, we will imagine, play and explore as a way to develop self-expression, social emotional growth, and independence. No materials are required, but comfortable clothing and bare feet for both adult and child are recommended.

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Tumble & Twirl

New! Tumble & Twirl

Ages 3 - 5

Kids will learn creative movement and basic ballet in this fun and collaborative class. Through games and exercises, kids will gain self-confidence as they build on their coordination skills and use their imagination as a means to express themselves through dance. This class will culminate with an end-of-term performance for friends and family. No materials are required, but comfortable clothing and bare feet are recommended.

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Exploring Musical Instruments

Ages 3 - 5

What does it feel like to hold the violin in your hands? How do you make a sound on the tuba? Where do you place your fingers on the saxophone? Exploring Musical Instruments© will provide children with their first introduction to the world of musical instruments through observation, listening, and sound production. Each class session also includes a crafts portion in which attendees create a homemade version of the instrument of the day.

Instruction alternates each term between wind & brass instruments, and strings & percussion instruments.

Parent/caregiver attendance is required in class. Attendance by unregistered siblings is not permitted.

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Suzuki Starters Classes

Ages 3 - 5

Is your little one eager to learn an instrument? If so, Suzuki Starters provides a great transition from Early Childhood classes into instrumental instruction.This class is designed to prepare our youngest beginners and their parents for future study in the Suzuki program. (Not sure what the Suzuki Program is? Click here!) Students will learn alongside parents and each other while benefiting from one on one instruction and engaging group class activities that involve singing, clapping, and learning the basics of their featured instrument.

Suzuki Starter classes are offered for Violin, Cello, and Piano.

For detailed information about our Suzuki Starters Classes, please click here to read our Suzuki Starters FAQ.

Parental attendance is required for all Suzuki Starters Classes. An additional materials fee for books and a rental instrument will be required. 

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Suzuki Starters

BE The Music

Ages 3 - 5

BE the Music!© is designed to introduce children to fundamental musical concepts through movement and play. Applying the concepts of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, this unique approach to music education uses kinesthetics to allow kids to experience music with their whole bodies. The teacher will foster a deep-rooted love for music in a stimulating, playful environment teaching concepts such as rhythm, meter, dynamics, melody, pitch, improvisation, mood, and expressiveness.

Parents/caregivers are required to be in proximity of the classroom and are invited in at the end of class for a short weekly performance.

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New! Rainbow Recorders

Ages 4-5

This class is the perfect opportunity for children to learn notes and how to play an instrument with others! The recorder helps build the foundation for studying wind instruments with ease. Plus, kids can pick their favorite color recorder, which will be waiting for them on the first day of class. Students will participate in a performance at the end of the term to show friends and family what they have learned.

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New! Uku-la-la

Ages 4-5

The ukulele is a fun, accessible instrument for little hands looking to start strumming! No experience is necessary to participate, and your child can pick her/his favorite color ukelele before class. Kids will have fun learning to play and sing folk songs through social, game-based activities. At the end of the term, children will have the opportunity to perform for friends and family.

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New! Super Slow Super Sloths - An Original Musical

Ages 4-5

The anteater lost her stash of ants! The rattlesnake misplaced his rattle! Where do animal friends turn when they need a mystery solved? To the Super Sloth Sleuthing Agency, of course. The only problem is that these sloths work so slowly that the animals need to solve their own mysteries. In this original musical for four and five year-olds, kids will learn about acting, singing and movement in an audition-free ensemble environment. The class culminates in a final performance, which is open to the public.

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Kids' Piano Lab

Ages 4 - 5

NEW! Kids' Piano Lab is an ideal way to try out the piano in a group setting and build the foundation for continued individual study in piano or other instruments. Students will acquire a familiarity with the keyboard, learn beginning music reading skills, and play simple melodies. Classes are taught in Sherwood’s digital keyboard lab.

Parents/caregivers are required to be in proximity of the classroom.

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Sing With Me

Ages 4 - 5

The voice is the absolute first instrument we learn to use! Many young children innately love to sing. In this intimate group setting, children will learn the basics of the voice in this first-time singing experience. Children will learn correct breathing technique, pitch exploration, vocal warm-ups, music theory, singing with movement, as well as improvisation through singing well-known folk songs.

Parents/caregivers are required to be in proximity of the classroom.

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