Children, even babies, are naturally musical. They love to sing, dance, make sounds, and drum on anything! Bloom in Music classes at The George Center take those innate talents and encourage them through songs, creative movement, and playing age-appropriate instruments. You’ll know they’re developing and discovering their skills—your children will know that music is FUN!
Classes begin June 2017! Registration information will be available May 3, 2017.
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Seedlings (birth to 18 months) is for lap babies, crawlers, and walkers. It incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement.
What a Parent and Child Will Experience in Class:
Sprouts (18 months to 3 years) encourages toddlers to be creative, to initiate their own ideas and to respond in their own ways, while the parents’ active participation gives the toddlers the security they need. Children uncover an engaging musical world while building confidence, self-control, and communications skills. Singing, imitating sounds, rhyming, and object identification foster language skills, while creative movement to various musical “moods” develops a sense of balance, timing, and spatial awareness. Listening and turn-taking encourage blossoming social skills. Sprouts is a unique opportunity for parent and child to interact and learn together in an unhurried and joyful manner.
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Buds (3-5 years) is designed for active, energetic, enthusiastic, and imaginative children ages 3 to 5. Buds classes encourage socialization, sharing, and participating in group activities.
What a Child Will Experience in Class:
Roots and Branches (5-7 years) Young Child prepares the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument.
What A Child Will Experience In Class:
Family Tree (all ages 7 and under) brings adults and children of all ages together, providing a dynamic and integrated musical learning experience for everyone, especially those seeking meaningful memories with their families.
What Families Experience in Class:
Uke & Me (birth to 3 years) is an interactive class for you and your toddler. Parents and caregivers will learn how to play the ukulele while your little one engages in music-making with instruments, singing, or dancing. Toddlers will wiggle and shake, sing and strum, and interact with other toddlers as their grown-up plays the ukulele. Each week you will learn a new song that you can share with your toddler before bed, on family vacations, or just for fun sing-a-longs! Throughout this class, parents will build their musical repertoire to share with their toddler. Participants will need their own soprano ukulele.
The soprano ukulele is a great instrument to have in the home- it is easy to manage due to its small size, which makes it perfect for little hands too. It is a great way to begin your musical journey while teaching your toddler how to care for and learn to play an instrument.
Mimi & Me (birth to 3 years) Music has long been recognized for its influence in supporting development and for its role in culture and community. Take time to enjoy your grandchild in this stage of life and support their development by experiencing and exploring music activities together. This class will present new learning opportunities for the children, while providing a rich bonding experience between grandparent and grandchild! Classes will include instrument exploration, singing of some tried and true and some brand new songs, books and finger plays, movement activities with scarves and a parachute.
Sing Me a Story (3-5 years) is an interactive music class that fosters social skills, self confidence, imaginative play, and fun! In this class, your child will work together with their friends to re-create classic fairy tales like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood, and Sleeping Beauty. Through song, instrument play, and dance, the class will participate in monthly themes culminating in a mini-performance. Parents are invited in for a sharing time with their children at the end of each class.
Baby Bloom Sing & Sign (6-24 months) Sing and Sign classes are relaxed, great fun and a wonderful way to learn all you need to know about baby signing! Each session includes singing, signing and ample social time while your baby plays and makes friends. As well as many familiar and original songs, toys, props and pictures are used to inspire your baby’s interest and illustrate the signs. We sing about going to the park, mealtime, bath time and bedtime and other things to capture your child’s imagination like animals and vehicles. These are the signs babies love to use! The class covers over 100 signs relating to your baby’s world!
At The George Center, our Bloom in Music classes are open to children of ALL abilities! Bloom in Music is multi-modal and multi-sensory by design. Music is, by its very nature, intrinsically multi-sensory, involving the hearing and kinesthetic senses, even in the earliest stages. Not only does Bloom in Music involve music and movement, but it also includes enrichment such as stories, pictures, creative movement, and a variety of interesting objects as part of music-making and music-hearing activities that draw children into interaction no matter what the preferred learning style or mode might be. The Bloom in Music approach is child-centered, developmentally appropriate, and concerned with the healthy development of the whole child. In addition, all of our Bloom in Music educators are also licensed and board certified music therapists!
Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain cells make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Bloom in Music’s curriculum is built on this research.