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Early Childhood Music

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Brookline Music School is proud to offer a research-based, musically rich, developmentally appropriate and fun early childhood music program that provides students a strong musical foundation and helps each student reach their full music potential. Classes are sequenced to provide students with natural guidance towards musical understanding, providing the necessary skills for formal instruction and music appreciation. Our staff and faculty are skilled in early childhood music development and are happy to discuss the programs with you. Please refer to our FAQ’s page for more information.

BROOKLINE MUSIC SCHOOL EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSES 2016-2017
All early childhood classes are based on Music Learning Theory and research on how children learn music. Students are guided through the stages of music learning (acculturation, imitation and assimilation) to provide understanding for a lifelong enjoyment of music and to prepare for formal instruction.

MUSIC PLAY

Birth to 24 months
2 years to 3 years (2 years on or before September 1)
Mixed Ages (Birth to 3 years)

10-week class

Students are exposed to a rich musical environment through singing, chanting,movement, and repetition. A play-based curriculum guides students through acculturation to imitation with engaging, fun, and creative activities.

 

MUSICAL ADVENTURES

3-4 years (3 years on or before September 1)

10-week class

Students continue to be guided through music
development towards assimilation. Students are
exposed to instruments through guest demonstrations,
engage in special semester themes and learn about various musical genres.

 

 

INSTRUMENT DISCOVERY

Kindergarten (5 on or before September 1)

15-week class

Students develop their understanding of music with a vocabulary of tonal and rhythm patterns through movement, song, rhythmic chants, and improvisation. These musical skills are applied as students learn the basics of the following instruments over the course of the year: piano, ukulele, percussion, violin, recorder, and tone chimes.

 

UKULELE

First and second grade
(6 on or before September 1)

15-week class

Students are introduced to the ukulele in an engaging group setting. Students will learn rhythmic strumming, chords, and melodies (both familiar and new) on the ukulele. Classes also include singing and movement, tonal and rhythm development, and improvisation to guide musical learning alongside ukulele fun.

MUSIC MOVES FOR PIANO

MUSIC MOVES FOR PIANO

MUSIC MOVES FOR PIANO

Keyboard Games A
Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten
(4 on or before September 1)

15-week class

Students develop musicianship in addition to piano technique through singing, chanting, patterns and movement. Students learn short piano solos and duets and how to improvise.

Keyboard Games B

Kindergarten
(continuing students)

15-week class

Students continue to develop musicianship, as well as learning to play more challenging short piano solos and duets.

Level 1

 First through third grade
(new or continuing)

15-week class

Students learn solos and duets that introduce rhythm/meter concepts, ensemble playing, improvisation, musicianship and technical skills.