Early Childhood Music Classes for Toddlers, and Preschoolers
The International School of Music offers a wide variety of pre-school music classes for children as young as 6 months old. Early Childhood Music classes offer age-appropriate activities including: singing, dancing, listening, playing pitched and non-pitched instruments, music games, rhythm games, and stories. The fun of music- making is supplemented with colorful scarves, puppets, balls, hoops, instruments and even a parachute!
Our classes help develop social, cognitive, emotional, and physical skills through play: crawling, climbing, jumping, finger-plays, singing a varied repertoire of songs, balancing, bouncing, using art materials, playing percussion instruments, sharing toys, etc. Our teachers foster a deep-rooted love for music in a stimulating, playful environment by introducing students to fundamental music concepts such as rhythm, meter, dynamics, melody, pitch, timbre, improvisation, mood and expressiveness. Children develop inner hearing, listening skills, rhythmic sensitivity, motor control, and concentration, enabling a smooth transition to instrumental lessons.
10 week semester, 45 min. classes – ISM North
Fall Session Starts Sept. 5
Winter Session Starts Nov. 28
Spring Session Starts Feb. 28
Why Choose Us?
The International School of Music teachers are musicians who are trained in early childhood educational methods. Our instructors are specially recruited because they are passionate about child development and sensitive to each child’s individual personality, talents, and needs.
Our Early Childhood Music classes are structured to specific age groups by using developmentally appropriate curricula, since children develop at different rates, particularly when they are very young.
Our toddler classes and preschool music classes build skills step-by-step. The program grows from one class to the next, preparing each child for fulfilling individual instruction. And best of all, our preschool music classes are engaging, creative & fun!
Musical Playtime (1 to 3 years with caregiver)
Mon @ 10:30am OR Wed @ 10:30am
Musical Playtime offers a musical experience for parents and children through singing, movement and musical exploration. The class engages children through songs, chants and games which help them to see music in their everyday world. As the class guides children to co-operate with other children, they develop the co-ordination needed to play instruments, words to simple songs, recognition of different rhythms and the ability to differentiate musical factors like pitch, volume, and time. Through improvisation, rhythm, play, acting, movement and song, this class will offer fun for you and your child! Call 301-365-5888 for a Free Trial
Toddler Tones (2 to 4 years, with caregiver)
Mon @ 11:30am OR Tue @ 10:30am OR Thu @ 11am OR Sat @ 9am
A follow-up to “Musical Playtime” this class takes advantage of its students’ more mobile bodies with a higher emphasis in rhythmic exercises, dance and games. These classes are filled with musical activities: students listen to stories, climb, jump, crawl and use their imaginations in discovering the joy of music. Vocal exploration, call and response songs, movement, finger play and exposure to non-pitched instruments, make this class a wonderful musical experience. Call 301-365-5888 for a Free Trial
Music, Imagination & Me (3 to 5 years)
Mon @ 4pm OR Sat @ 12pm
This class encourages developing minds to improvise and stretch their imaginations through music. What would wind sound like at the piano? Could a painting turn into music? We create artwork and conjure pictures in our minds, then use the piano and other percussion instruments to make our thoughts come to life. In this class, children will become more aware of pitch and rhythm, recognize the sound of different instruments, become more expressive through music, and develop more sophisticated movement to music. Students may enroll in this class for up to 4 semesters depending on their individual needs. The class is cumulative and adjusted for variety of themes at the start of each semester. Call 301-365-5888 for a Free Trial
Musical Voyage (3 to 5 years)
Weds @ 2pm OR Sat 10am
This class is designed to promote musical independence, and to boost cognitive understanding of music. Students enjoy partner activities, musical games, and continue work with more advanced concepts such as tempo, dynamics, and timbre. Rhythm, songs, and vocal patterns are continued, while children are encouraged to begin creating their own music through simple rhythmic patterns and melodies. The goal of this class is to nurture the musical intelligence of each child by providing opportunities to explore musical concepts through a variety of sounds, instruments and recordings. Students may enroll in this class for up to 4 semesters depending on their individual needs. The class is cumulative and adjusted for variety of themes at the start of each semester. Call 301-365-5888 for a Free Trial
Instrument Explorers (4 to 5 years)
Wed @ 5:30pm OR Sat @ 11am OR Sat @ 1pm
What does it feel like to hold a violin in your hands? How do you make a sound on a guitar? Children learn about different instruments by seeing, touching, and hearing them. Each class session also includes a crafts portion in which children create real and imagined instruments. This class covers wind, percussion and string instruments. Additionally, these instruments are used to introduce melody and music notation. “Instrument Explorers” is a first introduction to musical instruments, in which they can discover their favorite for when they are ready to move to private instruction. Students may enroll in this class for up to 4 semesters depending on their individual needs. The class is cumulative and adjusted for variety of themes at the start of each semester. Call 301-365-5888 for a Free Trial
Keyboard Kaleidoscope (4 to 5 years)
Tue @ 5:30pm or Wed @ 4:30pm or Thu @ 5pm
This is a first exploration of keyboard instruments where children are introduced to the building blocks of music: rhythm, pitch, note reading, and technique through playing games. By the end of the semester, children will be able to perform simple melodies on the piano. It is recommended students have access to a piano or keyboard outside of class to maximize their experience. This course is a one-semester course leading to private studio instruction. Class size is limited to six students.
Glee Cubs (4 to 7 years)
Thu @ 6pm
Designed for children who love to sing! This class introduces fun vocal warm ups, vocal exercises, proper breathing, posture and simple repertoire. Students are also introduced to musical notation as well as basic music terminology, terms, techniques and ear training. Musical selections include folk songs, children’s rhymes and simple choral literature suited to young voices.
Private Suzuki Lessons (3 yr and up)
Private Suzuki lessons are available in Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano and Guitar. At the heart of the Suzuki philosophy is the belief that children learn music in exactly the same manner in which they absorb language; through constant immersion and repetition in the home environment. Just as all children can learn to speak their native tongue, so too can all children become proficient in music. Our Suzuki lessons focus on ear training, good instrumental technique, and tone before children are introduced to the complexities of written music. Our instructors use the traditional Suzuki repertoire books and special teaching techniques derived from intensive training.
Individual instruction is at the heart of the ISM program and is available to students as young asa 5 years old. Our teachers use a creative and nurturing approach that makes music enjoyable for your child. They are dedicated to making your child’s learning experience stimulating and fun. We recommend to start with 30 minute private weekly lessons and they can be started any time of the year or month. Students are assigned to a teacher whose teaching style most closely complements the student’s learning style and personality.