What is Music Play
Based on A Music Learning Theory for Newborn and Young Children by Edwin E. Gordon, PhD, Music Play is designed to develop and explore the music potential of our young students. Just like language, music is best learned through informal guidance from a young age–listening to sounds, babbling, mimicking, and ultimately reproducing these sounds. Children are guided by their teachers and “home teachers” – their parent – to develop music skills through play; using fun, socially interactive songs, chants, and movements during class and at home.
By surrounding your child with music of multiple tonalities and meters, we are creating a music vocabulary for them to use. Just as in language learning, we allow your child to hear and develop this vocabulary before responding to or recreating the music. Every child will respond to the music in his/her own way, and at his/her own time.
The structure of our classes is non-traditional, and is designed to develop each child’s potential for music achievement in a natural manner. Our goal is to help increase your child’s music aptitude and develop initial music skills that will prepare your child for a lifetime of music enjoyment and appreciation.
In Music Play, each child’s readiness for achievement in later formal music instruction will be enhanced under the guidance of Ms. Elizabeth and Ms. Monica. In the Music Play program, children must be accompanied by a participating parent during each class.
Music Play at Home
Please listen to your CD, move, chant, and sing with your child at home! You are the most influential teacher in the beginnings of music development for your young child, and you set an important example at home. Use free and continuous movements when listening to music, while singing or chanting, and breathe before you move, sing, or chant to help encourage the same moving and breathing in your child.
- Monday 5:00 (12-36months) Limit 7 student/parent teams
- Thursday 11:00 (Birth-12 months) Limit 8 student/parent teams
- Thursday 4:00 (25-36 months) Limit 7 student/parent teams
- Thursday 5:00 (3-5 years) Limit 7 student/parent teams
Each term is 16 lessons. Tuition is $6250.
Enrolment in our Music Play classes is on a rolling basis, as long as there is space available in the class.
Prior to enrolment, new-to-KSMA Music Play families may request to attend one class on a trial basis.