Class Descriptions

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Toddler Tunes (ages 2 to 3.5)

Toddler Tunes is a joyful first music experience. Your little one will start by singing, dancing and exploring the keyboard, with you beside her/him. You will learn fun coaching techniques so you can reinforce the concepts between lessons. Toddler Tunes includes a fun repertoire of finger-play, bounces, rhythmic patterns and lullabies. You get CD's and workbooks of catchy Harmony Road Tunes, designed to feature age specific, layered musical exercises and rhythms. This building-block approach to music trains ears for better inner hearing and helps maintain the perfect pitch with which children are born. With toddlers, we build musical minds before musical hands.  (Two 18-week courses)

Music in Me(ages 3.5 to 5)/More Music in Me(age 5)

This dynamic readiness program is structured so that your child will learn to play music the same way he or she learned to speak-by listening, repeating and responding. Even parents or caregivers with no musical background can attend, take notes, and coach daily at home. Music in Me contains the basic elements of rhythm, melody, pitch, dynamics phrasing and form. Concepts are learned through keyboard playing, solfege singing (naming notes using do-re-mi), movement activities and the use of rhythmic instruments. As your child develops a trained ear and learns to create and perform music in a non-competitive environment, he or she will develop coordination, concentration and self-confidence. This layered natural approach emphasizes the ensemble aspects of music and it is wonderful preparation for further studies. Parents are fully involved in class and at home.  (Two 16-week courses)

Harmony Road (age 5 to 6)

The Harmony Road course is carefully constructed for children to learn the basic building blocks of music. The emphasis is on ear training, solfege singing, keyboard playing, ensemble rhythm activities, movement and music creativity. This exceptional course gives the student “inner hearing”, which makes transposing, improvisation and composing easily accessible in their musical studies. The program makes the best use of the many orchestral and contemporary sounds possible on a digital keyboard. Parents are fully involved in class and at home. (Four books, 18-weeks each)

Young Musician (age 6 to 8)

The Young Musician course is an age specific layered program, which introduces beginning students to keyboard performance and note reading. It is a holistic program which includes the organized development of pitch and rhythm, solfege singing, Keyboard and movement activities. Parents are fully involved in class and at home. (Four books, 18-weeks each)

Keyboard Prep (age 8 to 11)

This age specific layered program is similar in dynamics and curriculum to Harmony Road and Young Musician but upgraded to reflect the tastes and needs of the older child who is starting music for the first time. This holistic program introduces students to keyboard performance, note reading and music writing including the organized development of pitch and rhythm, through solfege singing, keyboard and movement activities. Parents are fully involved in class and at home. (Three books, 18-weeks each) 

Keyboard Musician (advanced course)

This is an advanced course for those who have completed Harmony Road Book 4, Young Musician Book 4 or Keyboard Prep Book 3. Students continue to develop performance skills through the study of various repertoire style, technical studies, sight-reading songs and three and four part ensembles. Ear training is expanded to include dictation, recognition of tonal centers and chord progressions. Transposing becomes easily accessible. Students learn to accompany themselves while singing. Two-part singing and artistic repertoire encourages expressive musicianship. Harmonic training develops an understanding of accompaniment styles. In this program students become acquainted with major composers and their place in musical history. They also receive step-by-step instruction in composition to develop their own creativity. Parental involvement is encouraged.