The Early Childhood program at the New School of Music is designed to provide our youngest students with a fun and developmentally appropriate introduction to music lessons. We offer a variety of programs including our year long, two day extended program, The Nest, a cooperative music playgroup, and our Musical Beginnings sequence, a series of classes that prepare students for a lifetime of musical appreciation and learning. Class times do not conflict, so students may enroll in more than one program at a time!
Each of these classes focuses on the building blocks of music and child development, using movement, ear training, simple instruments, and creative play. Students can progress through the whole sequence with us, or join for just a few semesters. Every class will provide a solid foundation of musical skills, and will prepare children for whatever path they follow, be it group instrument lessons, our choral program, or private lessons. Our teachers create the curriculum by combining a number of pedagogical methods, including Musikgarten, Music Together, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, the Kodaly method, and more. Students will gain exposure not only to music, but the important developmental skills of improvisation, ensemble work, and increased independence. Early childhood classes run in 10 week semesters starting in September, January, and March/April.