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Early Childhood Classes

Sherwood takes great pride in offering a variety of classes for young children that nurture their innate 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 2015-2016 Academic Calendar for term details.

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

Music Together is offered during a variety of times, Monday through Saturday. For full Music Together schedule, please click 'Register Now" below.

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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 2015-2016 Academic Calendar for term details.

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

Tuesdays for 13 weeks, 2:45-3:30 pm l $260

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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 2015-2016 Academic Calendar for term details.

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

Thursdays for 13 weeks, 9:30-10:15 am l $260

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Music Together Spanish Fusion

NEW! Bumblebeats

Ages 2-3

Let's jam together! In Bumblebeats, you and your toddler will experiment with percussion instruments from around the world in this hands-on class that helps develop rhythm, self-expression, and motor skills. This class is a great follow-up to Music Together, but no experience is necessary.

Parent/caregiver attendance is required in class.

Thursdays for 8 weeks, 10:30-11:15 am l $128

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Bumblebeats

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.

Parent/caregiver attendance is required in class.

Fridays for 8 weeks, 9:30-10:15 am; Saturdays for 8 weeks, 9:30-10:15 am l $128

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Tumble & Twirl

NEW! Little Art

Ages 2-3

Art is more than just fun and games! Hands-on art classes accelerate development and improve essential motor skills in toddlers. In this new class, you will bond with your little artist, as you explore several art forms, including paint and clay.

Parent/caregiver attendance is required in class.

Saturdays for 8 weeks, 9:30-10:15 am l $128*

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BE The Music

Ages 3 - 4

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.

Saturdays for 8 weeks, 11:00-11:45 am l $128

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Exploring Musical Instruments

Ages 3 - 4

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.

Wednesdays for 8 weeks, 4-4:45 pm; Saturdays for 8 weeks, 12:30-1:15 pm l $128*

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Tumble & Twirl

Ages 3.5 - 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.

Saturdays for 8 weeks, 10:30-11:15 am; Saturdays for 8 weeks, 11:30-12:15 pm l $128

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NEW! Art Explorers

Ages 4-5

Bring out your child’s unique inner artist! In Art Explorers, your child will learn to think creatively and express themselves through visual art while building creativity, confidence, and collaboration.

Saturdays for 8 weeks, 10:30-11:15 am l $128*

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NEW! Intro to Violin

Ages 4-5

Intro to Violin provides students the experience of learning this timeless instrument in a fun and social group setting. Children will play simple songs and gain musical literacy through an exploration of traditional and Suzuki methods of instruction. No experience is necessary to join!

Parents/caregivers are required to be in the classroom.

Mondays for 8 weeks, 5-5:45pm; Saturdays for 8 weeks, 12:30 -1:15 pm l $128*

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Intro to Violin

NEW! Puppet Theatre

Ages 4-5

Bring objects to life! In this dynamic class, we will use games, music, and ensemble storytelling to build an original play that uses light and shadow puppets that we will create together. This class culminates in a final performance that is free and open to the public.


Wednesdays for 8 weeks, 4:30-5:15 pm l $128*

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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.

Parent/caregiver attendance is required in class. 

Kids Piano Lab 1 (Fall Session 1): Tuesdays for 8 weeks, 4:00-4:45 pm l $128*
Kids Piano Lab 1B: Thursdays for 16 weeks, 4:30-5:15 pm l $256
Kids Piano Lab 2: Thursdays for 16 weeks, 5:30-6:15 pm l $256

Kids Piano Lab 1 (Fall Session 2): Wednesdays for 8 weeks, 5:00-5:45 pm l $128*

Kids Piano Lab 1B (Fall Session 2): Tuesdays for 8 weeks, 4:00-4:45 pm l $128

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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.

Thursdays for 8 weeks, 4:30 -5:15 pm; Saturdays for 8 weeks, 11:30 am -12:15 pm l $128

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Sing With Me

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.

Mondays for 8 weeks, 4:30-5:15 pm l $128*

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