These classes are 45 minute long and include 6-12 children from newborn through kindergarten, with parent or caregiver who actively participate with the child in musical activities. 10-12 songs are recycled per class with CD used only 2-3 times. All families recieve materials to take home to extend and re-enforce music learning during the week with other family members.
The mixed-age format is not only educationally sound but creates a family-like atmosphere where siblings can attend class together. Older children learn from being in a leadership role, while younger children benefit from the example of the older child. Children of the same age are not necessarily in the same stage of music development. A mixed-age format enables them to participate freely and experience the music at their own level of complexity, without being burdened by age-specific expectations. Recognizing the growing competence of children three and up and incorporating their leadership and social skills into our classes, helps to keep children focused and interested until they are ready for Big Kids classes.