music & movement program for infants, toddlers & preschoolers with parents & caregivers
Children who grow up in a music-enriched environment are better able to understand and enjoy music for the rest of their lives. The most effective way to learn music is to be immersed at a young age to the variety of musical scales, rhythms and styles.
Our interactive program, upbeat music and engaging activities provide a fun way for adults and children to enjoy class together! While the goal of educating children is serious, the key to success lies in one word...FUN!
Classes begin September 16th! Please select ‘September’ in the calendar to view all upcoming classes & select any class to register.
Madeleine recently moved to the Jersey Shore from the Boston area with her husband, morning radio personality at 107.1 The Boss Bill Fox, two dogs and four cats. Madeleine launched a successful early childhood music school which encompassed a variety of enrichment programs for the five and under crowd which she owned and operated for 16 years.
Frequently asked questions about our music+movement program:
How does the mixed-aged format work in a class?
Early childhood educators are now recommending mixed-age groupings a a better learning environment. Older children learn from being in a leadership role and younger children benefit from the example of an older child. Mixed age groups also promote social skills and self-esteem. Our classes have more of a family feel rather than a school orientation. This setting allows siblings to participate together in the same class. (No need to get a babysitter!) Children of the same age are not necessarily at the same state of musical development. Our activities are adult-child oriented, not child-child, so children don't need to be with children of the same age.
Why do your programs involve parents and caregivers?
Parents and other primary care givers play a critical role in their child’s music development. We do not only provide adults with music and activities to take home and repeat throughout the week, but we also encourage meaningful social interaction around the music.
• Mirror: Observe closely and acknowledge your child’s emerging musical expressiveness. When you see your child doing something new, imitate and enlarge upon those ideas to reinforce your child’s creativity.
• Model: Provide a shining example by modeling an enthusiastic engagement with music. Adapt the songs to suit your everyday routines and create musical conversations with your child.
• Touch: Physical touch provides powerful stimulation to neural pathways. Bounce, lift, tickle and dance during music time.
My child won’t sit still in a circle. Can he still benefit from your class?
Some children want to run; others want to spend the class no more than a foot away from the teacher; some will sit in laps; while others want to observe from a cozy corner in the room. We recognize that there are many different learning styles, and we encourage parents to let the children be where they are comfortable. A typical class may have all of these different types of children, but all children have one thing in common: they are all watching, listening, and learning from us.
How do you keep such young children focused for 45 minutes?
One of the secrets to teaching music successfully is to maximize the amount of active participation involved. When children are moving their bodies, actively singing, keeping the beat with their hands or instruments, dancing, or acting out a song—it ensures that they that are optimally engaged in the music experience. In fact, research shows that infants can perceive the beat more readily if bounced to it. With the variety of active participation activities we experience in class, children stay focused and time flies!
My baby is 4 months old. Can she benefit from class now, or should I wait until she can walk?
There is a growing body of research to that suggests the younger a child is, the more she is learning. Even though a baby cannot run, clap or sing in class, her brain is developing at a faster rate than the brains of the big kids. Additionally, research suggests that during the second 6 months of life the brain is already prioritizing: discarding the neural information pathways not stimulated by its environment. So yes, the best possible time to start music class is when your child is a baby!
Another way to think of this is to compare learning to speak with learning music. In the same way that talking to your baby from birth is critical to your child’s language development, exposing your child to music from birth benefits her music development. Of course your baby cannot show you how much she is learning now. Be patient! Let her feel the beat, listen to you sing, and observe in class. Absorbing musical sounds is the first step in music development. When she becomes a toddler she will surely blossom. Then you will see first hand the benefits of coming to class during that precious first year.