Musical Beginnings (ages 0–3)

Photo Credit: Dale Preston '83

Musical Beginnings is a class for children 0 to 3 and their caregivers to allow children to learn music as a native language at the time when the brain is most ready for language development. Did you know many children will match pitch and copy rhythms before they are able to form words? In the first few years of life, the brain begins to shed unused neural pathways intended for language including pitch matching, complex rhythmic patterns, modal tonalities, etc. This is believed to be the reason it is much harder to learn music as an adult than as a child. By teaching how to sing in tune, move in time, and to audiate (to hear music internally), Musical Beginnings prepares children for any future musical studies they choose to pursue.

Musical Beginnings activities are based on the research of Edwin Gordon , who has written extensively on brain development and early childhood music education.

Details

Includes: Twelve 45-minute group lessons.

Instructor: Robert Haupt (Mondays), Mary Price (Fridays) 

Dates:

  • Fall 2019: Mondays, 5:30–6:15 p.m., September 9 through November 25 (Makeup class 12/2, if teacher misses) - OR - Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m., September 13 through December 6 (No class 11/29 for Thanksgiving; Makeup class 12/13, if teacher misses). Visit the calendar for details.
  • Spring 2020: Mondays, 5:30–6:15 p.m., January 27 through April 20 (No class on 3/23 for Spring Break; Makeup class 4/27, if teacher misses)- OR - Fridays, 10:15–11:00 a.m., January 31 through April 24. (No class on 3/27 for Spring Break; Makeup class 5/1 if teacher misses). Visit the calendar for details.

Location: Community Music School - 315 E. College St., Oberlin

Tuition: $100 per semester

Enrollment: A minimum of 6 children is needed in order to hold the class. If there are fewer than 6 children in each of the classes, we will try to combine the two classes.


MusicPlay (ages 3–5)

Instructor and toddlers on the floor
Photo Credit: Julie Crookston Gulenko '15

MusicPlay, a program for children ages 3 to 5, introduces a variety of musical concepts through singing, moving, listening, describing, analyzing, and creating. Important social skills such as listening and sharing are developed in a nurturing environment. Classes are limited to 12 students.

Parents will observe MusicPlay classes and learn techniques for musical interaction that can be used at home or in a child-care setting.

Details

Includes: Twelve 45-minute group lessons.

Instructor: Robert Haupt 

Dates:

  • Fall 2019: Tuesdays, September 10 through November 26 (Makeup class 12/3, if teacher misses). Visit the calendar for details.
  • Spring 2020: Tuesdays, January 28 through April 21. (No class on 3/24 for Spring Break; Makeup class 4/28, if teacher misses). Visit the calendar for details.

Times: 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Location: Oberlin Conservatory, Bibbins Hall Room 237 - 77 W. College St., Oberlin

Tuition: $100 per semester