First Steps in Music!

Music for little ones and their parents

Learn music to sing, say, and play at home with your infant or toddler.

Dance, sing, move, and play simple instruments in class. Then, use the song sheets and CD to increase your confidence and continue the fun back at home in your own environment. Activities are chosen specifically with young children's development in mind by professor, researcher and parent John Feierabend. Perfect for children 6 months to 3 years!

Every Friday, 9:00-9:45am

Join us in the comfortable and spacious Hughes Center, in the rectory/office of St. Matthias the Apostle. Get directions to 9473 Annapolis Rd in Lanham, Maryland. Park in the upper lot, and ring the bell at the rectory! Classes begin Friday, October 23rd. Get your registration in today! Email for our simple registration form.

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? ~$12 per class: it is $100 for an 8-week session. Make checks payable to The Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle, and mail them or drop them off to the address below. Scholarships/partial scholarships are available if financial need is a factor, so please contact our Director of Developent and Admission Vivian Richards at (301) 577-9412 or

First Steps in Music

c/o Vivian Richards

The Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle

9473 Annapolis Road

Lanham, MD 20706

WHAT MATERIALS WILL I RECEIVE? At your first class Mary will provide song word sheets, CD's, and information about how to maximize the class material at home.

WHAT KIND OF ACTIVITIES WILL WE DO? IS MY CHILD OLD ENOUGH FOR A MUSIC CLASS? Infants and toddlers alike are ready for the bounces, tickles, wiggles, fingerplays, expressive movement, dances, and lullabies explored by our classes. Mary will demonstrate at each class how to help your child enjoy the material in age-appropriate ways.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A GOOD SINGING VOICE? Mary creates a very positive supportive environment for adult and child learners! The only way you can fail to support your child's musical development is to not sing at all.

WHO IS JOHN FEIERABEND? He is a professor at the Hartt School in Connecticut, an early childhood music development researcher, and an early childhood song collector. Our songs came from a project Dr. Feierabend sponsored, asking elderly men and women questions like "What did you sing when you bounced a baby on your knee?" or " What was your favorite lullabye when your baby was born?" He designed the First Steps in Music curriculum and teaches these principles to teachers across the country. Mary attended his class during her graduate work at the University of St. Thomas and is so excited to share it with you!

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC? To help children grow into their most tune-ful, beat-ful, and art-ful selves! In other words, to encourage accurate singing and sense of beat as well as to be appreciators and creators of musically expressive sounds and motion. Click here for a more in-depth look from Dr. Feierabend's website.