DETAILS ON FALL 2019 EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSES COMING SOON
OUR NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC WILL BRING NEW PROGRAMS FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN TO THE SOUTH LOOP NEIGHBORHOOD.
SUMMER CLASSES IN SESSION now
Very young children learn best in a playful and informal learning environment. Our engaging teaching artists infuse that belief into every program, emphasizing a safe and nurturing place where children are free to explore and play. From sampling sousaphone to practicing balance in dance, our early childhood classes will capture your child’s imagination and help set them on their creative way.
All Continuing and Community Education early childhood instructors have prior experience working with young children in arts-based learning environments. The majority of classes occur weekly and take place on Columbia College Chicago's campus, at Sherwood Community Music School and The Dance Center, both on the 1300 block of South Michigan Avenue. Most early childhood classes require parent/caregiver attendance and participation.
featured CLASSES FOR VERY YOUNG CREATIVES
AGES 2 - 3 1/2 YEARS
Developed in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago's esteemed Dance Center, in this class very young dancers will explore movement with the help of games and songs. By gaining familiarity with body coordination and creative movement, children will enhance their whole brain development. Together, we will imagine, play and explore as a way to develop self-expression, social emotional growth, and independence. No materials are required, but comfortable clothing and bare feet for both adult and child are recommended. Parent/caregiver attendance and participation is required in Little Hoppers class.
BIRTH - 4 YEARS
One of our most popular classes for young learners and parents/caregivers, Music Together® is an established music and movement-based approach to early childhood development for children ages birth through four and their parents or other primary caregivers. Using developmentally appropriate musical experiences such as singing, dancing, chanting, listening, observation, and exploring small rhythmic instruments, children will develop basic music competencies, while interacting socially with others in a small group setting. Parent/caregiver attendance and participation is required in Music Together® classes.
EARLY CHILDHOOD classes IN MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
AGES 2 - 3
In Bumblebeats, you and your toddler will experiment and jam with percussion instruments from around the world in this hands-on class that helps develop rhythm, self-expression, and motor skills. This class is a great follow-up to Music Together®, but no experience is necessary. Parent/caregiver attendance is required in class.
SUZUKI MUSIC INSTRUCTION
AGES 4 AND UP
The Suzuki Method stems from the fundamental principal that Every Child Can Learn. Just as every child learns their own language, every child can learn to play an instrument.
The goals of the Suzuki Method are to enrich the lives of children by playing a musical instrument and to give each child the satisfaction that comes from the ability to do something well. Suzuki Instruction is offered for the following instruments: Violin, Cello, Piano, Guitar, Flute, Viola. Parents/caregivers are an integral part of each lesson.