Early Childhood Music
Our Early Childhood music classes are now available IN-PERSON and online to families anywhere in the world. Our goals are to:
Current session of early childhood classes is running on
Saturdays from June 26 through July 31, 2021
(no class on Saturday, July 3)
Learn more about our classes...
When is the next session?
Our next session starts on Saturday, June 26, and will be 5 weeks long. There will be no class on Saturday, July 3. Last class of the session will be on Saturday, July 31.
Where do classes take place?
Classes for this session will be back in person at our West Town location at 1148 W. Chicago Ave. For the younger group (Twinkle Tots and Beat Explorers), we are offering only in-person classes. For the older group (Rhythm Explorers and Steppin' Up class), we are offering both an in-person and online experience of the class. With this option, online students will join the in-person students and instructor via Zoom. Please choose the correct option from the menu on the left when registering.
CAn I enroll at any time?
If there are open spots in a class, you can register at any time during the session. Participants will pay tuition for only those classes that are still remaining in the session.
what do children do and learn?
Each Early Childhood music class guides students in playing small percussion instruments, active listening games, singing, and musical movement activities. Repertoire of songs consists of culturally diverse and engaging folk songs, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and familiar tunes, many of which explore seasonal themes. Classes focus on developing a love and enjoyment of music, as well as early beat, rhythm, and melodic skills, as appropriate at various ages. The curriculum is divided into age groups, and there are no skill-based prerequisites for each level.
What curriculum is used?
ChiME’s innovative, sequential approach to early childhood music education is rooted in the Orff Schulwerk philosophy, which focuses on the experience of music as the basis of acquiring skills and knowledge. All classes in the sequence focus on internalizing the basic building blocks of music through movement and dance, instrument play, and singing, which makes our program the perfect preparation for future private instrument lessons. Learning through movement allows for the growth and development of gross and fine motor skills, along with fostering cognitive and social skills through the supportive class environment. Most of the music-making is live and acoustic, not pre-recorded, which allows creativity, artistry, and self-expression to blossom.
All classes in our program are developed around three key components:
Routine: Class routines, whether big or small, foster trust and provide comfort for the young musician. From week to week, children know what to expect and are able to focus on developing musical and social-emotional skills in a safe, encouraging environment.
Repetition: As the core of learning in our classes, songs and movements are repeated in class, and reappear throughout the continuum of classes. Through repetition, children become engaged, achieve skills, and develop a musical vocabulary that will follow them throughout their lives. We encourage parents to sing or play recordings of the songs from class throughout the week at home.
Repertoire: Lively and engaging folk songs teach musical skills while engaging the child and parent with the rich and evolving history of music that connects us to culture and community.
Is it safe to sing and play insturments in class?
Families attending class in person are encouraged to hum the songs softly to keep everyone safe. The teaching artist will sing in a mask and keep appropriate distance from participants while singing.
To avoid sharing instruments, families will be provided a set of clean, sanitized instruments for use during class. Instrument packs can be purchased for $20 at the front desk, if families wish to take them home to continue their musical experience daily.
Are make up classes available?
Zoom classes are recorded and will be available upon request to participants who missed their class. Unfortunately, make ups are not available at this point for in-person classes.