Music Playground - Music and Movement for Toddlers / Preschoolers
*** The last day of Music Playground for Spring 2017 is Thursday, June 15. Classes will resume in September! ***
Learn and play with award-winning children’s entertainer and recording artist, Dana! Fun and engaging classes incorporate an introduction to music, rhythm, rhyme, movement, literature and basic sign language. Original material, as well as familiar fingerplays, songs and stories are included. (There are some classics that every kiddo has just got to know!) This is not a “sit-in-your-seat” kind of class! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in the fun and participate with their child.
In order to create a more cohesive experience for your children, where they can grow and build on what they are learning, and a more consistent class size for all of us, we have modified the registration process. We now offer a punch card good for a six week period. The $50 price includes 5 classes at the regular rate of $10, plus a free bonus class. You may come on any Monday and/or Thursday morning (9AM: 1 to 2 years; 10 AM: 3 to 4 years). Of course, any unused classes from previously purchased 2015 punch cards will be honored.
You can purchase punch cards at Opus or online at the Opus Store.
Why come to Music Playground?
The music! Numerous studies have shown the positive effects of musical interaction on cognitive development and the expansion of neural pathways.
The movement! Our play with scarves, our hopping, bopping and dancing will help build fine and gross motor skills, while strengthening coordination and balance.
The social interaction! Gathering in a setting with other children, following directions, taking turns, sharing and being involved in something bigger than themselves is valuable preparation for the pre-school/kindergarten experience.
The FUN! The mastering of new skills and the pure joy that accompanies accomplishment, plus the bonding time between you and your child make a Music Playground class time well spent. Not to mention all the giggles and smiles that will follow you home!
For more details about the program please visit Dana's Music Playground website.
A message from Dana:
I hope you have had a joyful summer with your families. We are excited to begin the Fall session of Music Playground! I wanted to let you know about my plans for this season.
Winter 2016 classes will begin on Monday, January 11 2016. As last year, classes will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays. 9:00 for ages 1 to 2, 10:00 for ages 3 to 4. You may purchase a punch card for the price of $50, which is good for 5 classes, plus one free bonus class. Cards are valid for a 6 week period and may be used Monday and/or Thursday.
This year, I will be adding to and improving the curriculum. While still incorporating some old favorites, and using the rhythm instruments, scarves, egg shakers, clava sticks, parachutes and more, I will now focus on revolving themes for our songs and rhymes.
I strongly encourage you to plan to attend class on a weekly basis throughout the theme period. Consistency and repetition are key factors in a toddler's ability to grow and learn. As the weeks progress, so will your child's confidence and grasp of the songs, rhythms and rhymes. While we adults yearn for variety, our young children crave repetition and are empowered by the pride of knowing what is coming next. As the old quote says, "Repetition is the mother of learning. I repeat, repetition is the mother of learning!" And, I might add... "consistency is the daddy!"
I am looking forward to sharing new songs and rhymes, as well as some of our old favorites with you and your mini minstrels! Feel free to contact me or Opus if you have any questions. 360-734-5300.