Experience a musically playful hour with your child to enhance his/her natural musicianship!
CLASSES ARE FOR CHILDREN FROM BIRTH THROUGH 5 AND THEIR PARENT(S) AND/OR CAREGIVER(S)
All children and families should be registered and TMA registration fees apply
The second part of the session will always begin with the same song - this serves as a prompt for the instruments to be put away and the other music activities to begin. A variety of singing, moving, and chanting activities will be included in every session. Please ask if you have any questions about why we are including an activity. You will also notice a lot of repetition in these activities and songs but that is intentional. Think of the number of times you read the same book to your child! Repetition is very important to their learning.
What to Expect from your Child:
Basically, expect anything at any time! Some children will sit on your lap the entire session; some will walk (or run!) around the room; others will stare at one of the music leaders or watch other children; still others will attempt to engage in the activities. All behaviors are generally fine! Except, of course, behaviors resulting in a child getting hurt and/or distracting the other children for an extended period of time. Some children will fuss occasionally. Do what you normally do to relax or calm him/her down (get up and walk around the room, rock in your lap, etc.) However, if your child cries or screams for a few minutes, it is best to carry him/her out of the room until s/he is calmer.
If your child seems to be engaging in off task behaviors, attempt to focus his/her attention by eye contact, singing, or chanting to him/her. Avoid talking to your child unless it is really necessary – we try to “speak” music most of the time. If your child is engaging in disruptive behavior that does not seem to be prompted by the music, it is appropriate to have him/her sit on your lap or next to you in the circle. Our goal is to let the children be free to respond to the musical activities in their own ways. It is a delicate balance between musical responses, that may not appear musical to us, and behavior that is just disruptive. Use your common sense and knowledge of your child to guide your responses.
Professor Emeritus, Music Education
The Pennsylvania State University
School of Music
University Park, PA 16802-1901
2790 W. College Ave., Ste. 7
State College, PA 16801