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Early Childhood Music

Early Childhood Music

Ages 3 to 7

When: Fall and Spring Sessions

Tuition: $300 per session

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

Ages 3 to 7

early childhood music

Early Childhood Music

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!

Ages 3 to 7

12 weeks

*Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes will not be offered in Fall 2020. Spring dates are tentatively offered, subject to social distancing and public health guidelines.

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

Spring Session: January 13 to March 31 

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

Spring Session: January 9 to March 27

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

Ages 3½ to 7

12 weeks

Tuesdays
3:45 to 4:30pm (ages 3.5 to 5); 4:30 to 5:15pm (ages 5 to 7)
Fall Session*: September 15 to December 8 (no class November 24)
Spring Session: January 12 to March 30

*Kodaly for Kids classes are tentatively offered for 2020-21, subject to social distancing and public health guidelines.

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

Complete our online registration form. 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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