Early Childhood Music

Ages 3-7

Kodály or Dalcroze: Which Should I Choose?

Jacques-Emile Dalcroze and Zoltán Kodály were both 20th-century music educators who passed down their ideas about how to introduce young children to music. Our Kodály- and Dalcroze-inspired classes both engage children in learning the basic musical concepts of pitch, rhythm, and timbre. The Kodály method emphasizes singing as the foundation, and the Dalcroze method uses body movement as a starting point. Whichever class you choose, your child will have fun as they lay the groundwork for a lifelong love of music!

Early childhood music at Crowden

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Ages 3–7

12 weeks
Tuition: $300 per session

Wednesdays
3:45–4:30pm (ages 3–4, with parents)
4:30–5:15pm (ages 4–5, without parents)

Fall Session: September 11–December 4 (no class on November 27)
Spring Session: January 8–April 1 (no class on March 4)

Saturdays
9:15–10am (ages 3–4, with parents)
10–10:45am (ages 4–5, without parents)
10:45–11:30am (ages 5-7, without parents)

Fall Session: September 7–December 7 (no class on October 5 or November 27)
Spring Session: January 4–April 4 (no class on January 18 or March 7)

Dalcroze Eurhythmics uses creative movement, songs, and improvisation to teach children to respond to music with their bodies, increasing coordination, spatial awareness, focus, and cooperation in a collaborative, social environment. Dalcroze classes are an ideal complement to instrumental lessons, or preparation for studying an instrument.

Children may enroll for the first time in any session, but each session contains new repertoire, and continues to build upon material and concepts taught in the previous sessions.

It is not enough to teach children to interpret music with their fingers … the important thing is that the child should learn to feel music not only with his ear but with his whole being.

Emile-Jacques Dalcroze

Kodály for Kids

Ages 3.5–7

12 weeks
Tuition: $300 per session

Tuesdays 3:45–4:30pm (ages 3.5–5); 4:30–5:15pm (ages 5–7)
Fall Session: September 10–December 3 (no class November 26)
Spring Session: January 14–March 31

The voice is every child’s first instrument. This playful class uses traditional songs, chants, and singing games in a systematic way to teach children the basic building blocks of music: the ability to hear, to feel and reproduce rhythm and melody, to understand dynamics and tempo, to sing in tune, and to create music of their own. Students learn solfège; older children learn to read and write basic musical notation. Children may enroll for the first time in any session, but each session contains new repertoire, and continues to build upon material and concepts taught in the previous sessions.

How to Enroll

Submit a completed registration form to Crowden. Registrations are accepted until the class is filled. Full payment of tuition and fees should be included with the registration form.

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Crowden's early childhood music classes introduce musical building blocks and develop elements of collaborative music making in delightful interactive settings.