Kindermusik with Ann Czeponis
1 to 3 year olds
This music-filled class celebrates the unique joys of your growing child. Each week your child will love singing, dancing, and playing instruments with you and her new friends and you’ll love helping her practice a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn-taking, social skills, and active listening. In class, we’ll also share tips and ideas for using music throughout the week.
Sept: Colors & Shapes on the Farm
Everyone loves singing and dancing, but when you add a splash of color and a farmyard of fun, it gets even better! Come encounter Colors and Shapes on the Farm as you explore haystacks and hayrides, tractors, barns, and lots (and lots) of farm animals. This unit is loaded with old farm favorites, circle dances, and lots of learning. Come on down to the farm!
Oct: Rhyme Around Town
Up and at ’em! Use your imaginations to hit the town: Down the street to the bake shop, the cobbler’s shop, the grocery store, and even the doctor’s office as we move, move, move through our busy, busy day. Then, back home again to relax and get ready for bed. Come along for a great adventure as we Rhyme Around Town!
Nov: Marvelous Me
At this amazing developmental moment, children are basking in the comfort and security of caregivers, but also testing the boundaries of independence. Suddenly able to do so many new things on their own, they are still dependent for so many others. In Marvelous Me, you’ll move your bodies, use your senses, and explore friendship, favorite things, and feeling good about all the amazing things you can do.
Dec: Silly All Over
This month, you’ll catch a case of the giggles. Motor skills and self-control get a workout with plenty of stop-and-go motion, energy gets tapped with plenty of up-and-down, and sense of humor gets a tickle with silly sounds, silly movements, finger plays, and fun. Hold onto your funny bone, because you’re about to get Silly All Over!
Jan: Family & Friends
Sing, dance, rhyme, move, and play your way through this celebration of why our very special Family & Friends matter so much! Using our imaginations, we’ll visit our friends’ houses, interact with family, go to the market, play with playmates, and more. Everyone is invited to make music with our family and friends
Feb: Up in the Sky
Ready for a flight of fancy? It’s time to explore all of the floating, flying, fluttering things we can find Up in the Sky. We’ll use our imaginations to fly kites, stretch like clouds, and dance like stars. We’ll hop and fly with a flock of robins, soar with a wise old owl, and see the silver moon boat sail across the sky. Fire up your imagination, because we mean it when we say…the sky’s the limit!
March: Down on the Ground
In this unit, we'll roll up our sleeves and get right Down on the Ground and take a good look around. We’ll engage children’s natural curiosity as we hop like bunnies, scoot like caterpillars, scurry like squirrels, and even do a certain, familiar spider fingerplay. Meanwhile, you’ll broaden your own vision, and foster a child’s natural curiosity!
April: Pet Parade
Gather your critters; it’s time for some fun! We will use our bodies and imaginations to gallop like horses, scamper like mice, “swim” our hands, and fly scarves like birds—all the while developing motor skills, vocabulary, imagination, and more. Woof, meow, neigh, squeak, or blub-blub-blub… Everyone is welcome in this fun, adorable, and lovably ridiculous Pet Parade!
May: Go Go Go!
Ready? Set? Go, Go, Go! You can chug-a-lug, beep-beep, and swish your oars while you explore vehicle sounds and the stop-and-go, this-way and that-a-way movements of trains, cars, and boats. Buckle up, here we go!
4 and 5 year olds
From the moment you became a parent, you wanted the best for your child. In class, we engage your child in music and movement activities that also promote language, social and emotional skills, early math and early literacy, physical coordination, creativity, and more. Plus, your child will learn basic music vocabulary and notation—all setting the stage for future school success and formal music lessons. Parents join the fun for the final activities.
Sept: Jumping Beans
Jump into the rhythms of Latin America with Jumping Beans! Peek into the rain forest, explore expressive movement, investigate quarter notes and quarter rests, sing and learn some words and phrases in Spanish, and—you guessed it—jump, jump, jump!
Oct: Join the Parade
In Join the Parade, everyone gets to be in the band! Move to parade and march music, learn to identify woodwind instruments, learn about music concepts piano (quiet) and forte (loud), and meet Henry, who creates his own musical parade…by accident!
Nov: All Keyed Up
We’re All Keyed Up! There is magic to be found in those 88 keys! Immerse yourself in the magic of keyboards of all kinds. Listen to and learn about pianos, organs, synthesizers, and harpsichords. You’ll explore staccato and legato sounds, get to know the sounds of a few famous composers, and even experiment with composition.
Dec: Sing a Story
We’re off to the opera—it’s time to Sing a Story! You will meet some colorful characters from a Mozart opera called The Magic Flute, check out the hustle and bustle that happens backstage before a show, and learn more about Mozart, too. You’ll even explore the musical staff, and how notes a composer puts on a page become beautiful music!
Jan: Rhythms of the Land
In Rhythms of the Land, you’ll investigate drums, bells, rattles, singing, chanting, moving expressively, and the difference between beat and rhythm, as you explore the diversity of Native American cultures, music styles, and percussion instruments.
Feb: Sounds Abound
In a world without instruments, could you still make music? Of course you could! Music was born from creativity—people using their voices, bodies, and objects they found, assembled, or invented to make new sounds. Join us as we explore rhythm patterns, creative sound-finding and sound-making, graphic notation, and storytelling—because the creative brain is where Sounds Abound!
March: Dance with Me
Put on your dancing shoes, it’s time to twirl, tap, leap, bow, and turn! Music makes people move in many different ways—and we get to find our own way, too. You’ll learn dance steps, move expressively, explore instruments, and learn to play together in an ensemble. Come on in and Dance With Me!
April: Drums, Drums, Drums
Just say the word drum and any child within earshot will be ready to play. In Drums, Drums, Drums, we’ll focus on drums, percussion instruments, and music from Africa and South America as we clap, tap, move, play, and echo different rhythms. You’ll learn to recognize the sights and sounds of many different drums, play a drum, and get up and move your body to the rhythms, too!
May: Feel the Music
Don’t you just love when you can Feel the Music? Music is a powerful trigger for emotions, and emotions can powerfully inspire the creation of music, too. In this unit, we explore how music can elicit feelings as well as how to express feeling through music. We start with facial expressions as they relate to music and build up to listening to and engaging with the music of one of the great masters of emotion, Ludwig Van Beethoven.