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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 try to create that 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.


New! Tumble & Twirl

Ages 3 - 5

New for spring 2013!

Begin learning the basics of creative movement in this fun and interactive class, designed in collaboration with The Dance Center of Columbia College. Tumble & Twirl will culminate in a presentation on the last day of class, which is open to friends and family. Absolutely no materials are needed to participate, although comfortable clothing is recommended.

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Tumble & Twirl

New! Imagination Theatre

Ages 4 & 5

New for Spring 2013!

In this class, we will work together to bring an original story to life through songs, games and improvisation. Children will learn basic concepts of acting, movement and stagecraft in this new class, which culminates in a final “open house,” in which the kids get to share what they’ve learned.

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Imagination Theatre

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 2013-2014 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 Babies

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

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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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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BE The Music

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

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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Percussion 4 Kids

Ages 4 - 5

If your heart is beating, you've got rhythm! Percussion 4 Kids© fosters children's natural rhythmic abilities by introducing them to the vast world of percussion. In Percussion 4 Kids©, children will learn how to read and notate rhythms, as well as create their own compositions to perform and share.

Instruction alternates each term between rhythmic percussion, using drum pads and sticks, and tonal percussion, using various melodic percussion instruments such as xylophones.

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.

An additional materials fee for drum pad and sticks may be required.

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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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