Musical Munchkins
Class Descriptions

Music for 1's

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.
 

Look who's walking! Movement is the key ingredient at this stage as the children discover their mobility. Many more instruments are added to our repertoire such as gathering & lollipop drums, bells, tambourines, and a wide assortment of wooden instruments. Props such as balls, bubbles, scarves, crates, beanbags, soft blocks and canopies develop fine & gross motor skills and extend the child's movement vocabulary. Although we continue bouncing rhymes and chants "songtime" is introduced as children begin to sing along to their favorite songs. As the year progresses rhythmic sounds, movement games and the use of specially chosen instruments help toddlers to walk, play and sing successfully. Although your child may turn 2 in the course of the year, the curriculum grows with your child to accommodate their needs going into the next developmental stage.

Music for 2s

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.

I can do it myself - Independence Day is here! This is a wonderful age for making music, as children are eager to participate in independent activities while learning to observe and follow the example of the teacher. The children now have a choice of being with their grownup or sitting as a group with their teacher. Echo singing and call and response are encouraged to develop language, listening, and pitch matching skills. Twos are now developing a longer attention span and are able to follow directions during movement sequences as they learn the rhythmic differences between walk, run, tippy toe, gallop and march. Using our many varied instruments, children learn how to make "soft" and "loud" sounds, and when to play "fast" or "slow". Circle dances, creative movement, puppets, felt board activities, and songbooks provide a creative dimension to their music making experience. By the end of the year, children will be playing the full range of our vast instrument collection - drums, shakers, metals, woods, tambourines and resonator bells. All are designed to allow the children to accompany themselves while they sing and to fully express themselves rhythmically. Through the use of various instruments, children will learn how to make “soft and loud” sounds and when to play “fast and slow.” They will start to play together as a group and learn to accompany themselves on various instruments as they sing.

Although your child may turn 3 in the course of the year, the curriculum grows with your child to accommodate their needs going into the next developmental stage. 

Music for 3's & 4's

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.

Mommies and caregivers wait outside!* At this age, most children are ready to increase their independence. We have a gentle approach to separation, and if the child is not ready, parents sit in the room as needed. In this class, we get into more musical notation. We begin to develop the use of musical notes, and music vocabulary. Imaginary music play is one of our favorite ways of getting 3’s and 4’s to broaden their musical horizons as they begin to learn that musicians play and sing together in ensemble. Learning how to be a conductor, acting out songs, learning simple dances, are some of their favorite activities. Solo singing, echo singing and group singing are all encouraged, to develop good pitch and vocal skills. So come join the fun as we continue to foster your child’s musical education! *Parents and caregivers are required to remain in the building.

Music for 4's

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.

Our four-year-olds are very capable. In this class we will delve more deeply into musical concepts of tempo, meter and pitch, simple notation, the musical staff, and learning how to read and play simple rhythms. Street chants, rhythms and rhymes are great vehicles for beat and rhythm games. Learning how to be a conductor, acting out simple songs, orchestrating songs with our Orff percussion or ethnic instruments and learning simple dances from a wide variety of ethnic traditions, are some of the favorite musical activities of the year. Solo singing, echo singing and group singing are all encouraged to develop good pitch and vocal skills. So, come join the fun as we continue to foster your child’s musical education!

Baby Munchkins

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.

Come and learn delightful musical ways to play with your baby, make friends, and nurture your baby's sensory development and natural musicianship. Babies love the gentle bouncing, instrument and prop play, peek-a-boo games and tickling rhymes included in our specialized 45-minute class. Live music accompanies our games and activities, keeping baby's attention while encouraging social interaction, language development and awareness. Smiles, giggles and coos are heard even from our youngest babies as they begin to recognize and anticipate meter, pitch and tempo changes in our songs. Our rhymes and chants are designed to stimulate and mimic the sounds babies naturally produce at this age and encourage them to produce new sounds. The class is for children up to 13 months of age who are not yet walking. You are encouraged to bring a light blanket.

Friends and family

If you are looking for a class of multiple ages this is the one. The group will be open to children from 6 months to 5 years. It's a great opportunity for the "big sib" to take a class with the "little one." 

Friends and Family is offered in our summer program or on demand during the school year. It's a great opportunity for alumnae to return with their new sibling. 

Sunday YWCA - music for babies/young 1s

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.

Come and learn delightful musical ways to play with your baby, make friends, and nurture your baby's sensory development and natural musicianship. Babies love the gentle bouncing, instrument and prop play, peek-a-boo games and tickling rhymes included in our specialized 45-minute class. Live music accompanies our games and activities, keeping baby's attention while encouraging social interaction, language development and awareness. Smiles, giggles and coos are heard even from our youngest babies as they begin to recognize and anticipate meter, pitch and tempo changes in our songs. Our rhymes and chants are designed to stimulate and mimic the sounds babies naturally produce at this age and encourage them to produce new sounds. 

Sunday YWCA - music for older 1s/2s

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.
 

Movement is the key ingredient at this stage as the children discover their mobility. Many more instruments are added to our repertoire such as gathering & lollipop drums, bells, tambourines, and a wide assortment of wooden instruments. Props such as balls, bubbles, scarves, crates, beanbags, soft blocks and canopies develop fine & gross motor skills and extend the child's movement vocabulary. Although we continue bouncing rhymes and chants "songtime" is introduced as children begin to sing along to their favorite songs. As the year progresses rhythmic sounds, movement games and the use of specially chosen instruments help toddlers to walk, play and sing successfully. 

Sunday YWCA - music for 2s-4s

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.

I can do it myself - Independence Day is here! This is a wonderful age for making music, as children are eager to participate in independent activities while learning to observe and follow the example of the teacher. The children now have a choice of being with their grownup or sitting as a group with their teacher. Echo singing and call and response are encouraged to develop language, listening, and pitch matching skills. They are now developing a longer attention span and are able to follow directions during movement sequences as they learn the rhythmic differences between walk, run, tippy toe, gallop and march. Using our many varied instruments, children learn how to make "soft" and "loud" sounds, and when to play "fast" or "slow". Circle dances, creative movement, puppets, felt board activities, and songbooks provide a creative dimension to their music making experience. By the end of the year, children will be playing the full range of our vast instrument collection - drums, shakers, metals, woods, tambourines and resonator bells. All are designed to allow the children to accompany themselves while they sing and to fully express themselves rhythmically. Through the use of various instruments, children will learn how to make “soft and loud” sounds and when to play “fast and slow.” They will start to play together as a group and learn to accompany themselves on various instruments as they sing.

Music for 2s and 3s

I can do it myself - Independence Day is here! This is a wonderful age for making music, as children are eager to participate in independent activities while learning to observe and follow the example of the teacher. The children now have a choice of being with their grownup or sitting as a group with their teacher. Echo singing and call and response are encouraged to develop language, listening, and pitch matching skills. They are developing a longer attention span and are able to follow directions during movement sequences as they learn the rhythmic differences between walk, run, tippy toe, gallop and march. Using our many varied instruments, children learn how to make "soft" and "loud" sounds, and when to play "fast" or "slow". Circle dances, creative movement, puppets, felt board activities, and songbooks provide a creative dimension to their music making experience.

Through the use of various instruments, children will learn how to make “soft and loud” sounds and when to play “fast and slow.” They will start to play together as a group and learn to accompany themselves on various instruments as they sing.

Babies through young 1s

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.

Come and learn delightful musical ways to play with your baby, make friends, and nurture your baby's sensory development and natural musicianship. Babies love the gentle bouncing, instrument and prop play, peek-a-boo games and tickling rhymes included in our specialized 45-minute class. Live music accompanies our games and activities, keeping baby's attention while encouraging social interaction, language development and awareness. Smiles, giggles and coos are heard even from our youngest babies as they begin to recognize and anticipate meter, pitch and tempo changes in our songs. Our rhymes and chants are designed to stimulate and mimic the sounds babies naturally produce at this age and encourage them to produce new sounds. This class will be inclusive of children who have already turned 1, but are not yet ready to transition to the 1s program.

Music for 1s and 2s

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.

 

Movement is the key ingredient at this age as children discover their mobility. Many more instruments are added to our repertoire, such a  gathering and lollipop drums, bells, tambourines and a wide assortment of wooden instruments. 

Your child is eager to participate in activities, while learning to observe and follow the teacher's example. In this combined class, the teacher weaves the activities to make the curriculum fun and educational for both age groups. 

Pleasant Hill NS/Monday Lunch Bunch 3's

Monday Lunch Bunch is a drop off lunch and music class geared for 3 year olds. Drop off your child with a light brown bag lunch. The group enjoys lunch with teacher followed by a 45 minute music class. Pick up is 5 minutes prior to end of class so that parents can join their child for a sing-a-long, or to hear/see a demonstration of a class activity.

 

Due to the extended length of the class, the fee for Lunch Bunch is higher than our regular program.

Music for 2-4's

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child.

I can do it myself - Independence Day is here! This is a wonderful age for making music, as children are eager to participate in independent activities while learning to observe and follow the example of the teacher. The children now have a choice of being with their grownup or sitting as a group with their teacher. Echo singing and call and response are encouraged to develop language, listening, and pitch matching skills. They are now developing a longer attention span and are able to follow directions during movement sequences as they learn the rhythmic differences between walk, run, tippy toe, gallop and march. Using our many varied instruments, children learn how to make "soft" and "loud" sounds, and when to play "fast" or "slow". Circle dances, creative movement, puppets, felt board activities, and songbooks provide a creative dimension to their music making experience. By the end of the year, children will be playing the full range of our vast instrument collection - drums, shakers, metals, woods, tambourines and resonator bells. All are designed to allow the children to accompany themselves while they sing and to fully express themselves rhythmically. Through the use of various instruments, children will learn how to make “soft and loud” sounds and when to play “fast and slow.” They will start to play together as a group and learn to accompany themselves on various instruments as they sing.

Pleasant Hill NS/Thursday Lunch Bunch 4s

Thursday Lunch Bunch is a drop off lunch and music class geared for 4 year olds. Drop off your child with a light brown bag lunch. The group enjoys lunch with teacher followed by a 45 minute music class. Pick up is 5 minutes prior to end of class so that parents can join their child for a sing-a-long, or to hear/see a demonstration of a class activity.

Due to the extended length of the class, the fee for Lunch Bunch is higher than our regular program.

Music for babies-1s

Please note, that as each child is unique, this is a general guideline of ages. Speak to our experienced staff if you have a question as to which class will be best for your child. 

Come and learn delightful musical ways to play with your baby, make friends, and nurture your baby's sensory development and natural musicianship. Babies love the gentle bouncing, instrument and prop play, peek-a-boo games and tickling rhymes included in our specialized 45-minute class. Live music accompanies our games and activities, keeping baby's attention while encouraging social interaction, language development and awareness. Smiles, giggles and coos are heard even from our youngest babies as they begin to recognize and anticipate meter, pitch and tempo changes in our songs. Our rhymes and chants are designed to stimulate and mimic the sounds babies naturally produce at this age and encourage them to produce new sounds.

For our older children movement becomes the key ingredient ss they discover their mobility. More instruments and props are added to our repertoire to extend the child's movement and vocabulary. "Songtime" is introduced as children begin to sing along to their favorite songs. As the program progresses rhythmic sounds, movement games and the use of specially chosen instruments help toddlers to walk, play and sing successfully. 

Great Beginnings Snack Bunch

At Musical Munchkins we believe that the most important ingredient for your child's class is FUN. Your Great Beginnings 3-4 year old student's first introduction to music will involve singing, chanting, drumming and dancing. Music can be found in musical stories, books and puppets with activities that bring about active participation. Our little musicians ae exposed to many music styles from all over the world as well as beloved standards from our American heritage.

 

Great Beginnings 3-4 year old students are dismissed by teacher directly to our music class. We provide a light snack for your child and then they will have a 45 minute music class.