About


My name is Julia White and I have been teaching music in the Valley to children for over 24 years. I have a passion for watching children develop their musical ability as well as encouraging movement and incorporating elements of nature into my workshops.

Children learn best when active and engaged and it is very important to me to incorporate a lot of kinesthetic activity while nurturing each child's love of music. It is a joy to watch a child grow from year to year and build their love and knowledge of musical language.

As a community-oriented studio, YAMS aspires to promote the positive values of music by bringing families, neighbors and friends together, inspiring all to embrace the gift of music. Children and parents will feel they are part of something especially remarkable!

Classes are paced according to age and include singing, dancing, instruments, partner​r games, circle games, pitch matching and parent-child interaction.

Read below to learn more about my approach and class descriptions of all the classes I have offered through the Young Artists Music Studio.

I hope you will join our family at YAMS!

The basics of Young Artists Music Studio include:​

Singing and Speaking

Moving to Music

Refining Listening Skills​

Playing Instruments

Instrument Identification






Pitch and Rhythm Matching​

Dramatic Play

Group and Partner Music Games

Parent-Child Interaction

​Reading and Writing Music (older youth classes)​ 


Using a variety of instruments:

drums

bells

sticks

egg shakers

tambourines

triangles

wood block

*****Many sources are drawn upon for class content, such as Kindermusik and Musikgarten curricula, books by John Feierabend of Hartt University and other scholarly research. The classes are singing based and use classical and folk music from around the world. Families leave classes invigorated, happy, and singing! *****

CORE CLASSES ~ Descriptions
(please note, the list of current available classes is here)


Prenatal Babies Class **NEW**
This class uses the prenatal curriculum, Lovenotes, designed by Sister Lorna Zemke of Silver Lake College, Wisconsin.  Each session incorporates music, rhythm, and singing.  Included are activities promoting bonding and early exposure to music.  The tender classes will feature rhythmic exercises, the use of megaphones, singing, and gentle movement with one or both expectant parents.


Musical Babies
(Birth - 16 months & Parent)
This class focuses on the cognitive, social and emotional development that begins in the newborn's first days and months of life. Teacher and parents join together in stimulating their baby's growth through singing and bouncing, joyful play, and dancing. The instructor shares information about baby brain development and language development. 12 classes in a semester.


Musical Beginnings
​(Ages 1 1/2 - 3 1/2 & Parent)
Each child and parent experience beginnings of joyful, independent music making. Song activities include dancing with scarves, rolling balls, partner games, dancing and singing with hula hoops, playing instruments (sticks, bells, shaker eggs, drums) and gentle rocking. Observation and participation are the child's way of first learning. A home tape and book assist in the family's learning outside class. "Let's do it again!" is the child's favorite phrase. 12 classes in a semester.

***NOTE: There are four separate curricula for the Musical Beginnings classes. Although there are some seasonal songs repeated from year to year (holiday, seasons), there are four separate sets of songs with CD/book that go with each curriculum. Here are the names of the semesters:

    Sing with Me​
    Dance with Me​
    Play with Me
    Clap with Me

Growing with Music
​(Ages 3 1/2 - 5 & Parent)
​The child becomes more independent in singing and moving, and parents take the cues from the child. Beginning ensemble work, partner songs with movement, working with listening cards, and songs with directions challenge the child to listen, sing, dance, and act. A craft is assigned every week for home enjoyment often incorporating nature and the environment. The home tape, book, and listening cards are fun activities to do at home with the family! Many and varied instruments are used in this class as well. A bird lesson, including hearing bird calls, is studied every other week. 12 classes in a semester.

Musical FAMILIES Class
​(Ages 1 - 7 years old w/ one parent/one other child)​
​This class incorporates singing, dancing, movement, and instruments plus quiet times with parent/child interaction.


"God's Children Sing!" 

(Two or more children ages birth to 5 & Parent)
Due to popular request, this class is for homeschool and other families that have several children who want to be in music together. Curriculum will include songs that are God-focused and will include spirituals, some folk songs, and familiar spiritual songs. Messages of kindness and peacemaking will be included in the class. Like the other classes, the content will include singing, movement, dancing, circle and partner games, pitch-matching, and instruments, and will be tailored to the ages taking the class.

Young Child
​(Ages 5-6 & Parent)

Children continue to be independent in their singing, and often can hold their parts in a round. Ensemble work with instruments and singing is continued, and children enjoy partner and group games and songs. Instrument families are studied, and children make basic instruments as part of the class. A variety of song and dance music is used, including classical, world music, and folk songs. This class is full of fun, joy, and movement!  Children meet independently with the instructor, and parents are invited in for the last 10-15 minutes to share songs.​​ ​



YAMS History 



​YAMS, formerly Kindermusik, was founded in 1989 by Julia J. White. ​

In the past 24 years Ms. White has offered:
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Musical Babies (Birth - 16 months)​

Musical Beginnings (1 1/2 - 3 1/2 years old) 

Growing with Music (3/2 - 5 years old)

Music for the Young Child (5 - 6 years old)

"God's Children Sing!" (Birth - 5 years old)  

Specialized Summer classes

Music Workshops

Summer Music Camps

Special events for children in the community