Musical Beginnings--A Class for Babies
MUSICAL BEGINNINGS....the Youth Conservatory’s newest course offering for the youngest musicians.
ISN’T MY BABY TOO YOUNG FOR A MUSIC CLASS?
No! Babies are born with an aptitude for music – including the ability to identify pitch and keep a beat
– but research has shown that this aptitude diminishes if it is not nourished. The best way to nurture
a child’s music aptitude is through active music making and singing. Research has demonstrated that
exposure to live music has benefits that exposure to recorded music does not have. By singing and
dancing for and with our children in a variety of tonalities, meters, and styles, we are helping our
children reach their full musical potential.
WHAT WILL WE DO IN THIS CLASS?
This weekly 30-minute class offers parents the opportunity to bond and play with their babies and
toddlers in a musical setting. Music and movement activities are designed to delight a child’s senses and
increase their musical curiosity and awareness. By singing, dancing, bouncing, and rocking, the child’s
musical aptitude is nurtured, laying the foundation for beat awareness, vocal production, and aural
discrimination. Activities also include finger plays, chants, and nursery rhymes that encourage a sense of body awareness and lay the foundation for associations with spoken and musical language.
WHO TEACHES THE MUSICAL BEGINNINGS COURSE?
Brooke Hirst has an M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Utah State University, and is atrained and licensed instructor for Musikgarten’s early childhood music courses. She has 20 years’ experience teaching music, and has established a successful private studio in Northern Utah. Her students have been selected as soloists with the Cache Chamber Orchestra and the Logan High Orchestra, and have won numerous awards, honors, and distinctions through the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Royal Conservatory’s Music Development Program, the USU Piano Festival, and the Utah Symphony Youth Guild. She is also a mother and loves playing musically with her baby, Elle.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE COST?
Materials fee: $30
The 13-week course (Sept-Dec, or Jan-Apr) is $115. This is less than $9 per class! The $30 materials fee
covers the cost of a parent book, CD, and music bag with musical rattle, rhythm sticks, and a colorful
scarf for use in class and at-home.
ARE THERE CLASSES MY BABY CAN TAKE AFTER WE PARTICIPATE IN THIS ONE?
Yes! This is our first year offering the Musical Beginnings course, but we plan to offer sequential
courses each semester. Babies/Toddlers and their parents will progress through a sequential curriculum
designed to nurture children’s innate musical abilities and prepare them to reach their musical potential
up through beginning piano lessons around age 6. (Each child progresses on a unique and natural
timeline, and is prepared for individual piano study typically around the same time that they learn to
read and write)