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Children learn, play with music at Early Childhood Music program

Early Childhood Music programBabies and young children will experience the joy of sound and musical learning this summer at UNT’s Early Childhood Music program, which teaches children the foundations of music through interactive games and allows parents to participate in their children’s musical education.

The program will be held in two five-week sessions on Fridays starting June 5 and Saturdays starting June 6 in the Music Annex Building, Room 115.

“It is amazing to see what children can do musically and see how they grow across the program,” said Christina Svec, assistant director of the Early Childhood Music program. “Parents will also have the opportunity to communicate with their children in a different way.”

The sessions will be divided into five different age groups:

  • Infant – 0 to 24 months
  • Nursery – 2 to 4 years
  • Pre-K – 3 1/2 to 5 years
  • Kinder – 5 to 7 years
  • Multi-age – 0 to 5 years

The program is $75 for infants and $85 for all other groups. The sessions for infants will be 30 minutes in duration, and the other sessions will be 40 minutes.

The schedule for the classes is listed below:

5 Week Friday Session

  • Infant: 9:10 – 9:40 a.m.
  • Nursery: 9:50 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Multi-age: 10:40 - 11:20 a.m.

5 Week Saturday Session

  • Infant: 8:30 - 9 a.m.
  • Nursery: 9:10 - 9:50 a.m.
  • Infant: 10 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Nursery: 10:40 - 11:20 a.m.
  • Pre-K: 11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
  • Kinder: 12:20- 1 p.m.

Svec said the program is designed to allow parents to participate in the development of their children’s musical abilities.

“Parents have a strong role in their child’s music abilities early on,” Svec said. “This is for the parents to have an opportunity to bond with their children through music, explore musicianship and take those lessons home.”

Older children will play drums, rainsticks, tambourines and other instruments while the leader of the class gives them pattern instruction, a method of teaching which requires the children to repeat melodies or rhythms back to the teacher with their instruments. Younger children and infants under 24 months will engage in more age-appropriate activities, including dancing, moving to rhythms, playing with colorful scarves and listening to songs.

“We are basically communicating with them through babble,” Svec said. “Sometimes the infant will respond and we’ll have a conversation. There is a musical interaction.”  

Parents are asked to be present with their children for each class.

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Above, children and parents participate in the Early Childhood Music program. Photo by Michael Clements/URCM.

Posted on: Mon 01 June 2015

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