YAMS - Young Artists Music Studio
Musical Beginnings ~ Infants - 3 years & parent
Offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Each child and parent experience the beginnings of joyful, independent music making. Song activities include dancing with scarves, rolling balls, partner games, movement, 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. There are 12 classes in a semester with four separate curricula for the Family Music classes. Although there are some seasonal songs repeated from year to year (holiday, seasons), there are also four separate sets of songs with CD/book to go with each curriculum.
Growing with Music ~ Ages 3 1/2 - 5 & parent
Offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The child becomes more independent in singing and moving, and parents take 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 CD, 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.
Piano Partners: Keyboard I ~ Ages 6 1/2 - 9 & parent (for part of class)
Music literacy is the goal and this class is designed to teach children to play the beloved song repertoire learned through the early years of YAMS. These lessons follow a sequential approach to piano and understanding musical notation taught through the classroom books.
Parents play an important role in establishing good practice habits and attend all classes. (Don’t worry if you don’t know piano — you will learn along with your child!) Consistent, supervised at-home practice on a tuned piano or keyboard (chosen by families) is required and essential for success (5 days per week, 15 - 20 minutes per day).
Private Piano: Beginning & intermediate ~ Ages 6 - 12
30- or 45-minute private lessons offered September through May