Bloom in Music

 

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.

Contact jordan@thegeorgecenter.com to sign up for a free preview class! Read about class options below…

 

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:

 

  • Variety of Music — Musical diversity builds strong neural pathways in a baby’s forming mind, which is why each class contains an array of styles, sounds, and genres.
  • Instrument Play— Age-appropriate experiences with child-safe instruments enhance a sense of rhythm and steady beat, develops a keen awareness of the distinguishing qualities of sound, and encourages spontaneity and creativity.
  • Dance — A classroom full of baby and adult pairs dancing together helps a little body develop the muscle strength needed to crawl and walk and helps a little heart to fall in love with the sheer joy of responding to music.
  • Together Time — A Bloom in Music class is truly the essence of “quality time,” offering the parent a place to create special memories with their child, gain new insights into their child’s development, and nurture their child’s natural love of music.
  • Expert Advice— A Bloom in Music Educator is not only a musician, but a licensed and board certified music therapist. This means that each of our instructors is a specialist in child development. Educators explain “what-to-watch-for” every step of the way and how each activity enhances a child’s complete development.

 

 

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.

 

What a Parent and Child Will Experience in Class:

 

  • Instrument exploration and ensemble skill development — Children will explore the physical characteristics and sounds of age-appropriate instruments which will eventually lead them to discover their potential for beat, rhythm, melody, and ensemble playing.
  • Vocal play — Through vocal play, toddlers learn to form vowels and consonants, say words and phrases, and imitate rhythm and vocal inflection. Vocal play is presented within the context of songs, chants, and activities done in class.
  • Exploration Time— Children will love discovering specially designed instruments, textures, sounds, and movements.
  • Story time and early literacy — Listening to stories enhances language and speech development and fosters awareness of sounds, teaches use of language, and sends the message that words and symbols have meaning. The same experiences that help toddlers learn to read a book also help them learn to read music.
  • Movement Activities — Each class provides various opportunities for movement such as synchronized movement, group dances and circle games, and even expressive movement.
  • Together Time— A Bloom in Music class is the essence of quality time, allowing parents to make the most of the fleeting toddler years, giving them the time and the tools to make music and memories together in class and at home.
  • Expert advice— A Bloom in Music Educator is not only a musician, but a licensed and board certified music therapist. This means that each of our instructors is a specialist in child development. Educators explain how the musically based activities enhance a toddler’s complete development.

 

 

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:

 

  • Pretend Play— Pretend play activities are integrated with music, vocal development, storytelling, listening, movement, and literacy aspects of each class. When based upon a child’s real life experiences, pretend play helps develop language, sensory, motor, and cognitive skills.
  • Musical Variety and Singing— Activities include a mixture of musical genres and styles and provide a setting for children to explore their many voices and to use a “singing voice.” Singing helps with memory and recall, physical development, creativity, and socialization.
  • Storytelling and Literacy— Each class is built on the development of a story, so you’ll hear preschoolers search for the word to say what they mean and try to keep up with their busy minds, emerging wants, needs, likes, and dislikes.
  • Parent Involvement— Preschoolers are learning to be self-sufficient in a group setting of peers, while many times still needing the emotional security provided by a parent. The preschooler experiences independence in our Buds class while caregivers sit nearby in our waiting room.

 

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:

 

  • Singing and vocal development— It may sound like a foreign language when a child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the language of professional musicians and composers and getting young children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
  • Movement— See children dance expressively to music, giving them the practice they needs to coordinate their body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well.
  • Reading and writing— Young children will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually even composing their own music.
  • Focused listening— Children will learn to identify a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.
  • Exploring and playing musical instruments— Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose children to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction.

 

 

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:

 

  • Singing— From the first “Hello” song to the last “Goodbye,” exploring a variety of musical styles and genres leads children to find their own voice. Plus singing helps with memory and recall, physical development, creativity, and socialization.
  • Assorted Movement— Whether moving as a family, as a class, or as individuals, Family Tree movement activities enhance coordination skills, create opportunities for imitation and exploration, and give everyone something to smile, rock, bounce, or dance about.
  • Story Time— Reading aloud to children stimulates their curiosity, expands their knowledge, and broadens their understanding of language.
  • Musical Concepts— Fun engaging activities bring out the musicality in everyone, from the youngest member of the family to the oldest.  Families learn more about music as they learn more about each other.
  • Expert advice— A Bloom in Music Educator is not only a musician, but a licensed and board certified music therapist. This means that each of our instructors is a specialist in child development. Educators explain how the musically based activities enhance each child’s complete development.

 

 

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.