early childhood music

For Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

ISM 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, a parachute, puppets, balls, hoops, and instruments.
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.

12 week semester, 45 min. classes - ISM North

Fall Session Starts Sept. 19 Spring Session Starts Feb. 1

 

Musical Playtime: (6 months to 3 years) with caregiver

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!

Mondays 10:30am Sign up Tuition: $324
Wednesdays 10:30am Sign up Tuition: $324

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To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888

 

Toddler Tones: (1 to 3 years) with caregiver

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.

Mondays 11:30am Sign up Tuition: $324
Tuesdays 10:30am Sign up Tuition: $324
Thursdays 11:00am Sign up Tuition: $324
Saturdays 9:00am Sign up Tuition: $324

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To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888

 

Music, Imagination & Me: (3 to 5 years)

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.

Mondays 4:00pm Sign up Tuition: $324
Saturdays 12:00pm Sign up Tuition: $324

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To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888

 

Musical Voyage: (4 to 5 years)

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.

Wednesdays 2:00pm Sign up Tuition: $324
Saturdays 10:00am Sign up Tuition: $324

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To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888

 

Instrument Explorers: (4 to 5 years)

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.

Wednesdays 5:30pm Sign up Tuition: $324
Saturdays 11:00am Sign up Tuition: $324
Saturdays 1:00pm Sign up Tuition: $324

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To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888

 

Keyboard Kaleidoscope: (4 to 6 years)

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.

Tuesdays 5:30pm Sign up Tuition: $324
Wednesdays 4:30pm Sign up Tuition: $324
Thursdays 5:00pm Sign up Tuition: $324

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To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888

 

Glee Cubs: (4 to 7 years)

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.

Thursdays 6:00pm Sign up Tuition: $324

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To schedule a trial lesson call 301.365.5888

WHY ISM?

  • ISM teachers are musicians who are trained in early childhood educational methods. Our teachers are specially recruited because they are passionate about child development and sensitive to each child’s individual personality, talents, and needs.
  • Children develop at different rates, particularly when they are very young. The motor skills of a six month old are different from a twenty month old. Therefore, we structure our classes to specific age groups by using developmentally appropriate curricula.
  • Our classes build skills. The ISM preschool music program grows from one class to the next, preparing each child for instrumental instruction.
  • Our classes help children develop listening skills, coordination, creativity, problem solving, and more.
  • Preschoolers strengthen their motor skills, social skills, cognitive skills, and concentration using musical activities in classes.
  • Engaging, creative & fun classes.

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