From the moment they are born babies can listen to music. Being sung to helps your child develop a sense of melody and rhythm. It also teaches them a love of music and musical expression.
Additionally, music is an important part of ear training and plays a valuable part in a baby’s development. Early exposure to singing, listening to and playing music, research has shown, can enhance a whole range of educational skills such as language and numerical skills, fine motor skills and an awareness of space and one another.
Babies flourish in a stimulating musical environment. Whether through singing, dancing, cuddling, talking or clapping you can encourage the pathways of your baby’s brain to make new connections.
There are several different choices here in Kelowna if you would like to take your infant to a music class.
Music for Young Children - Teacher Leanne's Music Studio
Courses available are:
Music Pups: A fun, informal music and movement program for infants & toddlers ages 0-5. Music Pups is a music program that nurtures young children by motivating parents to engage in musical activities with their child. The Music Pups experience creates students who more fully develop their pitch and rhythm skills and are more responsive to music in general. Come have fun singing action songs, dancing with scarves, and playing different rhythm instruments!
Sunrise: Sunrise is an exciting and innovative pre-school music program for children two and three years old. The program has a flexible format that allows adaptation to a variety of age and environmental situations including daycare and nursery school centers as well as home studios of certified Music for Young Children Sunrise teachers. Children receive instruction in singing, rhythm, and ear training with teddy bears being one of the learning "tools". This specially developed music curriculum includes stories, songs and games.
Sunshines: This program, for three and four year old beginners includes large muscle experiences in beat and rhythms as well as fine motor experiences in rhythm instrument ensemble playing. By the end of the first year, Sunshines are playing in C major and middle C positions and are reading from the staff. Pre-reading experiences – such as like and different sorting, looking for patterns with colorful visual aids, gluing and coloring -- are part of the program.
Sunbeams: The program for kindergartners and first graders provides “big kid” lyrics to introduce concepts, finger numbers and keyboard geography. Songs and games are used to encourage and reinforce listening.
Moonbeams: For the older beginner, ages seven through nine, the program lasts three years. Our Moonbeams want “quick results” and the songs, ensembles and keyboard repertoire are designed to support their growing sense of independence. The listening activities for this age group keep the “ears open” even as reading becomes the primary focus for gathering information.
Also available are:
Private Piano Lessons: One-on-one time with the teacher learning some theory & playing various styles of music.
Private Voice Lessons: Learn to sing well and have fun. Focus on proper vocal technique, sight-singing, & solfege.
Sing, Sway, Laugh, Play!
Led by Jessica Derrick, Kindermusik's research based programs will enhance your child's development, and instill a
life-long love of music.
Their program is based on research demonstrating the benefits of music at each stage of a child's development. They start from where your child is, regardless of his age, and provide activities that stimulate his mind, body, and sense of play.
If you are looking for a fun, educational experience with your child, join Jessica as she sing songs, explore instruments, read books and helps your little ones discover the exciting world of music. Jessica offers you and your little ones an environment that is safe, inviting and entertaining.
Classes offered are:
Wiggle and Grow: Ages 2-3, Mondays, 10 am starting in May
This music-filled class celebrates the unique joys of your growing child. Each week your child will love singing, dancing, and playing instruments with you and her new friends and you’ll love helping her practice a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn-taking, social skills, and active listening. In class tips and ideas for using music throughout the week will also be shared. Plus, the fun (and learning!) continue with the Kindermusik@Home digital home materials, including music from class, musical activities, and each month’s story.
Laugh & Learn: Ages 3-4 Starting in May
Each week in class we combine your preschooler’s natural love of music, storytelling, and imaginative play with age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control. We also connect you with other parents who share in the wonder of parenting a preschooler. Parents join class for the final activities. The Kindermusik@Home digital home materials bring the music, activities, and each month’s story everywhere you go. The repetition enhances the learning—and the fun!
Cost: $55/month, includes Home Materials
Class Length: 45 minutes
Classes all held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna (421 Cawston Ave). Registration is online at classes.kindermusik.com/KindermusikOkanagan (credit cards accepted, monthly subscription basis, cancel anytime!)
or in person via cheque or cash.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica at 250-575-7530.
KINDERMUSIK WITH JESSICA
at the Rotary Centre for the Arts