Certificate valid during the 2018-2019 school year. Advance registration required, space is limited.
Musical Beginner Target Age: 18-23 Months
Toddlers are “movers and shakers” who instinctively love music! There’s a developmental reason for this natural musicality. Toddlers have entered what Maria Montessori called a “critical window” for nurturing musical intelligence. With the help of an adult companion, the child’s natural musical instincts are nurtured through singing, dancing, rhythm and tonal echoes, circle games and a variety of percussion instruments.
Musical Beginner Target Age: 24-35 Months
Older toddlers still need plenty of movement, but are now able to sit and focus for a minute or two, especially when instruments, scarves, finger-play and singing absorb their attention. With the help of an adult companion, the child explores drums, resonator bars, finger cymbals, rattles and rhythm sticks. Natural musical instincts are also nurtured through singing, dancing, echoing rhythm and tonal patterns and circle games. The aural approach gives toddlers a language for music that is assimilated in the same way as s/he learns his/her mother tongue.
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The Early Childhood Music School (ECMS) is now accepting registrations for the 2018-19 academic year! Classes begin Sept 4th. For more than 28 years, ECMS has been teaching music to children and adults in the greater Williamsburg area. Classes are available for students ages two months through the “young at heart.”
The curriculum is general music education which includes song vocalization, aural listening, poetic speech, verbal and instrumental play, creative movement, and tonal/rhythmic patterns. There is keyboard and guitar instruction for the upper levels. Parents accompany their younger children in the 30-45 minute classes, while the older students typically attend 60 minute classes without. We offer concurrent classes for families with several children so the entire family comes to music class at the same time! Classes are located at Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
ECMS instructors are certified by Musikgarten and the International Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA). All classes are developmentally appropriate empowering children with the tools to be successful not only musically, but most of all, developmentally, socially, physically, and emotionally. Through this holistic programming children are offered a nurturing environment to grow a deep love and appreciation for music.
For more information about their enriching educational program and to register, visit ECMS.williamsburgumc.org or email MrAnthony.ECMS@gmail.com for a complete list of course descriptions, weekly schedule, fees and instructor bios.
Early Childhood Music School at Williamsburg United Methodist Church
500 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185