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Sound Beginnings Babies (for babies & toddlers age 0-2 and a parent or caregiver)
How is this different from Sound Beginnings?
Sound Beginnings was originally created for children ages 2-4. Expanding the age range to 0-4 allowed younger siblings to attend, making class more accessible for all families. While current studies clearly demonstrate that musical interaction benefits children of any age, Sound Beginnings classes are primarily structured for the needs of an older toddler or preschooler. The goal has always been inclusivity of the younger sibling rather than primary service to a younger age group. Although it certainly works to have one class for all, I personally feel that it can be a completely different atmosphere when there aren't older children in the class vying for mom's attention. This allows mom and baby a wonderful time to bond through music!
I am re-structuring this specific class to fit the needs of those age 0-2. We will still use the same music and workbook as those used in a regular Sound Beginnings class, I will adapt many of the activities to have more dancing, intentional touch (massage), mirrors to aid in language development, and more instrument and exploratory play! Your child will still be exposed to the wonderful lyrics of these songs, although they will be benefiting from them a little differently than they would in the standard Sound Beginnings class.
In class you will learn to use music to help your child develop fine and gross motor skills, communication and social skills, and parent-child bonding in a fun and nurturing environment. The best part? Sound Beginnings doesn't end when class is over because your class includes the music, an instrument, and a workbook that let you take the fun home with you! Children are ready to learn as soon as they are born. It's never too early to start!
The Music Window
"Sound Beginnings provides research-based music experiences proven to create connections in the brain that will make children more intelligent! Like the language learning window, the music learning window is from birth-9 years old. A young child's brain, eyes, ears, arms and legs are ready to experience music! This means that the earlier a child is exposed to music, the more fully they will comprehend it, and the easier it will be for them. Students who have attended Sound Beginnings graduate to Let's Play Music singing in tune, understanding the difference between beat and rhythm, loving classical music, knowing colors, numbers, and having an enthusiasm for music!" https://www.letsplaymusicsite.com/sound-beginnings/philosophy/music-window
Sound Beginnings offers six non-sequential semesters. Each semester is 4 months long and focuses on different musical concepts and skills through different songs and games.
days of the week
Current class: White Horses(August-December) Next class:Silver Buttons(January-May)
7 Foundational Elements
Sound beginnings provides research-based elements that stimulate growth in areas particularly crucial to the development of the young child. These elements make up the foundation of the Sound Beginnings curriculum: (The added colored text is what we will focus on in the Babies class.)
This class is for children and their 'grown up' to enjoy together. We will focus on building and strengthening these relationships while in class. We provide partner activities with intentional eye contact, trust elements, and physical touch to nurture this highly significant relationship. Parent-child bonding in a fun and playful way will be a primary focus of the Sound Beginnings Babies class.
We are surrounded by correct singing on the semester CDs and in class. Students are encouraged to participate in appealing vocal play, make high and low sounds and use the minor third to learn to match and sing in tune. As parents sing to their babies, the babies begin to sing back... not necessarily immediately, but the more children are sung to, the more they can develop an ear for singing in tune!
We use our bodies and instruments to feel and perform a steady beat. Steady beat is crucial to developing rhythm skills and supports math skills. Whether we are bouncing baby to the beat or patting the beat on Baby's body, they are learning to develop an internal beat that they can then match to an external source.
Fingerplay to nursery rhymes help students focus on and enjoy fine motor movements. We also practice making the ABCs in sign language. Younger students enjoy the observation and will attempt the skills which is great practice too! Baby signing is an amazing way to communicate with your baby! While babies can understand signs much faster than they can sign them, it is a wonderful form of communicating with your baby, even before they can talk. Each lesson will include some ASL signs that you can enjoy with your baby!
We expose students to the finest music literature. Our 'smart moves' dances involve the whole body in an enjoyable classical music experience. Each semester, we study the specific timber of different instruments and group them by family. Babies love to hear the different sounds made by the different instruments!
Full body movement builds muscle strength, hand/eye coordination, and develops balance. Gross motor also connects the two hemispheres of the brain, promoting improved cognition. The Babies class includes a special "exercise" song each week to help strengthen both muscles and brain!
In class we read stories, practice our ABC's and letter sounds. We are also going to learn about weather, seasons, and words that rhyme! While we won't focus quite as much on the Kindergarten skills in class, we will sing songs that help to reinforce these concepts, whether we are dancing or playing instruments! (Songs might as well include fun and useful information too, right? ☺)
When are classes?
Sound Beginnings classes begin with a new semester in August and another in January, although you may join a class at any time. When registering, the Babies class will look just like the regular Sound Beginnings class, so be sure to select the correct one!
Currently I am teaching the Wednesday 10:30am class as the one specifically for babies for Fall 2022. Next semester (beginning January 2023) the time may change based on the results of this survey. Please help me know what works best for you! Your input is greatly appreciated!
How much is it?
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Ready to start?
Register for class: (Select Wednesday 10:30am if you want the Sound Beginnings Babies class!)