Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletApril 24, 2014


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CMC welcomes new faculty member, Stefanie Sudduth, a certified Special Education instructor and musician. CMC is now adding a class called "Wish Upn a Star," a Kindermusik class adapted by Stefanie for children with special needs!


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The Music Center offers quality instruction to all people (from birth to an unlimited number of years young!) of all levels of ability. The instruction, provided by accredited teachers, is individually tailored to meet your personal needs; no previous music education is required. 

Contact Sister Patricia St. John for more information by calling (518) 783-3608 or email by clicking here.



Carondelet Music Center Schedule

Please click on the name of the class for more information.


January 2014 - May 2014

Class Name Ages Times Instructor Register

Private Lessons

Private Lessons 7 yrs and up. vary varies Register Now

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available during the summer for a variety of options, including length of lesson and number of lessons preferred (e.g., beginning at $148.00 for four 30-minute lessons). Arrangements may be discussed with your current teacher or by calling the Office (518) 783-3608.

Private Lessons 7 yrs and up. vary varies Register Now

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for a variety of options including instrument choice, length of lesson,  preferred day and time of lesson. Please click "register now" to view options. Arrangements may be discussed with your current teacher or by calling the Office (518) 783-3608.

Mondays

Kindermusik: Village 0 yrs - 1 ½ yrs 11:30AM-12:15PM Mary Alice Senecal Register Now

Kindermusik: Village

What if there were a place for you and your baby where all the little miracles that seem to fly by so quickly were captured, magnified and celebrated? Where life's merry-go-'round slowed down to let you and your child share in the magical moments that happen through music, movement, touch and sounds? Where you helped your baby to see, touch and hear the world in new ways and in turn, you found new ways to be amazed by her/him? Where parents and children found the true meaning of community? What if there were a place where someone helped you peek inside your baby's miraculous little body and brain. And what if these moments of discovery helped you understand how, with every tune and every rhyme, with every tickle, tumble, and bounce, with every song and every whisper, you help unfold her/his natural gifts and propensity for msuic-making? And what if every time you left this place, you took home treasures from the day, inspirations for making that experience come alive with your baby at home? Infant classes at Carondelet Music Center is the place!



Kindermusik VILLAGE is a curriculum for newborns to 18 months, offering multi-age activities appropriate for the different stages of development in this age range. Building on emerging capabilities of each baby, the music-making experiences foster your child's development and provide a model for parents to assist and nurture that growth. Specially commissioned art in beautiful books for your baby will aid in visual tracking, shape and color recognition, and language development. They will bring the VILLAGE experience home and will become a favorite addition to your child's bookshelf for years to come. Unique to Carondelet Music Center's infant classes is a special INTERGENERATIONAL component involving retired Senior Sisters engaged in the music-making experiences of baby and caregiver.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Dew Drops.



 

Kindermusik: Our Time 1 ½ yrs - 3 yrs 10:30-11:10 AM Sister Patricia Register Now

Kindermusik: Our Time

KINDERMUSIK Our Time brings the joy of music and movement to the lives of parents (or other caregivers) and their toddlers (18 mos-3 years). The weekly classes will assist you in creating an effective learning and growing environment in which your child's musical instincts are encouraged and rudimentary musical skills are developed. The musical stimulation becomes a well of positive experiences from which you and your child can draw, both during the class sessions and throughout the week at home. Through exploration, experimentation, and discovery, your child is actually self-taught. When this exploration is supported and facilitated, your child's inner motivation allows her/his unique qualities to emerge.



In KINDERMUSIK Our Time, the parent/caregiver is involved as a companion and educator. You are trained to become a keen and sensitive observer, balancing necessary help with what is most needed next to facilitate the unfolding miracle of your child's growth. This is an adventure you and your child embark upon together. Class experiences will become part of your family life all through the week, and a new way of relating will become comfortable and familiar. As you and your child shed your inhibitions and become totally involved with music and with each other, a wonderful world of delight is made possible for your entire family. As the professional educator, the teacher facilitates the process, but the full development of the child relies on the collaboration of teacher, parent/caregiver and child.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Away We Go

Kindermusik: Our Time 1 ½ yrs - 3 yrs 5:30-6:10 PM Sister Patricia Register Now

Kindermusik: Our Time

KINDERMUSIK Our Time brings the joy of music and movement to the lives of parents (or other caregivers) and their toddlers (18 mos-3 years). The weekly classes will assist you in creating an effective learning and growing environment in which your child's musical instincts are encouraged and rudimentary musical skills are developed. The musical stimulation becomes a well of positive experiences from which you and your child can draw, both during the class sessions and throughout the week at home. Through exploration, experimentation, and discovery, your child is actually self-taught. When this exploration is supported and facilitated, your child's inner motivation allows her/his unique qualities to emerge.



In KINDERMUSIK Our Time, the parent/caregiver is involved as a companion and educator. You are trained to become a keen and sensitive observer, balancing necessary help with what is most needed next to facilitate the unfolding miracle of your child's growth. This is an adventure you and your child embark upon together. Class experiences will become part of your family life all through the week, and a new way of relating will become comfortable and familiar. As you and your child shed your inhibitions and become totally involved with music and with each other, a wonderful world of delight is made possible for your entire family. As the professional educator, the teacher facilitates the process, but the full development of the child relies on the collaboration of teacher, parent/caregiver and child.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Away We Go

Kindermusik: Imagine That 3 ½ yrs - 5 yrs 12:00-1:00 PM Sister Patricia Register Now

Kindermusik: Imagine That

For preschoolers, 3.5 to 5 years old, imagination is everything. Resourcefulness and creativity abound as a result of her/his burgeoning imagination.



IMAGINE THAT! is a carefully crafted curriculum that nurtures those vivid imaginations by embracing the preschool child's unique affinity to learn through pretend play. The enabling foundation of the curriculum is the intergration of music and imagination; the program's development is the direct result of a shift in the current educational research. This research confirms that preschool age children thrive on participatory, expressive learning. Their language skills are exploding beyond mere labeling of words. They want to talk about what they are thinking and feeling; they choose preferences, make comparisons and predictions. Using an incremental integration of activities, the teacher guides the child, nurturing her/him to further develop cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and musical skills throughout the curriculum. A common theme integrates and connects the activities from lesson to lesson. This encourages children to use their own life experiences to build upon their unique learning curve.



IMAGINE THAT! provides an experiential environment that delicately balances teacher-directed activities with child-initiated responses. Based on the concept of "constructivist learning," children select what they need in the moment to facilitate their learning. With music as the common thread, each session allows time for the child to reflect, compare, make choices, express opinions and preferences, and engage in problem-solving strategies.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Toys I Make, Trips I Take.

Beginner Group Piano 7 yrs - 8 yrs 6:30-7:20 PM Sister Patricia Register Now

Beginner Group Piano

This Group Piano class is offered for the beginner piano student with no previous knowledge of instruction in piano study. Situated at his/her own digital piano in the Music Center's "state of the art" Piano Lab*, students make music as they explore the geography of the piano, discover multiple aspects of essential music concepts, and learn how to read and perform traditional notation. The powerful socializing dimension of collective music-making is realized in the Group Piano setting. Guided by an expert instructor in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, children complement each other's growth through individual performance and ensemble playing. They create original sound stories and group compositions, they add instrumental accompaniments to favorite songs, and they play duets with friends. The 50-minute session includes theory, technique, ear-training, and performance.



 *The Piano Lab includes six digital pianos, a teacher console electronically linked to each individual piano, head phones for individual practice, and a Group Educator Control System that allows the group to work independently while the teacher "listens in and communicates with" individual students as s/he monitors progress. Additionally, two computers are available with theory games and notation software, offering opportunities to explore original composition.



 



 

Elementary Group Piano 7 yrs - 8 yrs 4:30-5:20 PM Sister Patricia Register Now

Elementary Group Piano

*This group class is reserved for those students continuing from the previous semester.*



This Group Piano class is offered for the beginner piano student with no previous knowledge of instruction in piano study. Situated at his/her own digital piano in the Music Center's "state of the art" Piano Lab*, students make music as they explore the geography of the piano, discover multiple aspects of essential music concepts, and learn how to read and perform traditional notation. The powerful socializing dimension of collective music-making is realized in the Group Piano setting. Guided by an expert instructor in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, children complement each other's growth through individual performance and ensemble playing. They create original sound stories and group compositions, they add instrumental accompaniments to favorite songs, and they play duets with friends. The 50-minute session includes theory, technique, ear-training, and performance.



 *The Piano Lab includes six digital pianos, a teacher console electronically linked to each individual piano, head phones for individual practice, and a Group Educator Control System that allows the group to work independently while the teacher "listens in and communicates with" individual students as s/he monitors progress. Additionally, two computers are available with theory games and notation software, offering opportunities to explore original composition.



 

Late Elementary Group Piano 10 yrs - 12 yrs 3:30-4:20 PM Sister Patricia Register Now

Late Elementary Group Piano

**This Group Piano class is a continuation from the previous semester and reserved for piano students currently enrolled in this session.**



Situated at his/her own digital piano in the Music Center's "state of the art" Piano Lab*, students make music as they explore the geography of the piano, discover multiple aspects of essential music concepts, and learn how to read and perform traditional notation. The powerful socializing dimension of collective music-making is realized in the Group Piano setting. Guided by an expert instructor in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, children complement each other's growth through individual performance and ensemble playing. They create original sound stories and group compositions, they add instrumental accompaniments to favorite songs, and they play duets with friends. The 50-minute session includes theory, technique, ear-training, and performance.



 *The Piano Lab includes six digital pianos, a teacher console electronically linked to each individual piano, head phones for individual practice, and a Group Educator Control System that allows the group to work independently while the teacher "listens in and communicates with" individual students as s/he monitors progress. Additionally, two computers are available with theory games and notation software, offering opportunities to explore original composition.



 

Tuesdays

Kindermusik: Village 0 yrs - 1 ½ yrs 9:30-10:15 AM Mary Alice Senecal Register Now

Kindermusik: Village

What if there were a place for you and your baby where all the little miracles that seem to fly by so quickly were captured, magnified and celebrated? Where life's merry-go-'round slowed down to let you and your child share in the magical moments that happen through music, movement, touch and sounds? Where you helped your baby to see, touch and hear the world in new ways and in turn, you found new ways to be amazed by her/him? Where parents and children found the true meaning of community? What if there were a place where someone helped you peek inside your baby's miraculous little body and brain. And what if these moments of discovery helped you understand how, with every tune and every rhyme, with every tickle, tumble, and bounce, with every song and every whisper, you help unfold her/his natural gifts and propensity for msuic-making? And what if every time you left this place, you took home treasures from the day, inspirations for making that experience come alive with your baby at home? Infant classes at Carondelet Music Center is the place!



Kindermusik VILLAGE is a curriculum for newborns to 18 months, offering multi-age activities appropriate for the different stages of development in this age range. Building on emerging capabilities of each baby, the music-making experiences foster your child's development and provide a model for parents to assist and nurture that growth. Specially commissioned art in beautiful books for your baby will aid in visual tracking, shape and color recognition, and language development. They will bring the VILLAGE experience home and will become a favorite addition to your child's bookshelf for years to come. Unique to Carondelet Music Center's infant classes is a special INTERGENERATIONAL component involving retired Senior Sisters engaged in the music-making experiences of baby and caregiver.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Dew Drops.

Kindermusik: Our Time 1 ½ yrs - 3 yrs 10:30-11:10 AM Mary Alice Senecal Register Now

Kindermusik: Our Time

KINDERMUSIK Our Time brings the joy of music and movement to the lives of parents (or other caregivers) and their toddlers (18 mos-3 years). The weekly classes will assist you in creating an effective learning and growing environment in which your child's musical instincts are encouraged and rudimentary musical skills are developed. The musical stimulation becomes a well of positive experiences from which you and your child can draw, both during the class sessions and throughout the week at home. Through exploration, experimentation, and discovery, your child is actually self-taught. When this exploration is supported and facilitated, your child's inner motivation allows her/his unique qualities to emerge.



In KINDERMUSIK Our Time, the parent/caregiver is involved as a companion and educator. You are trained to become a keen and sensitive observer, balancing necessary help with what is most needed next to facilitate the unfolding miracle of your child's growth. This is an adventure you and your child embark upon together. Class experiences will become part of your family life all through the week, and a new way of relating will become comfortable and familiar. As you and your child shed your inhibitions and become totally involved with music and with each other, a wonderful world of delight is made possible for your entire family. As the professional educator, the teacher facilitates the process, but the full development of the child relies on the collaboration of teacher, parent/caregiver and child.



The themed curriculum for the Spring Semester semester is Away We Go.

Kindermusik: Our Time 1 ½ yrs - 3 yrs 6:00-6:40 PM Stefanie Sudduth Register Now

Kindermusik: Our Time

KINDERMUSIK Our Time brings the joy of music and movement to the lives of parents (or other caregivers) and their toddlers (18 mos-3 years). The weekly classes will assist you in creating an effective learning and growing environment in which your child's musical instincts are encouraged and rudimentary musical skills are developed. The musical stimulation becomes a well of positive experiences from which you and your child can draw, both during the class sessions and throughout the week at home. Through exploration, experimentation, and discovery, your child is actually self-taught. When this exploration is supported and facilitated, your child's inner motivation allows her/his unique qualities to emerge.



In KINDERMUSIK Our Time, the parent/caregiver is involved as a companion and educator. You are trained to become a keen and sensitive observer, balancing necessary help with what is most needed next to facilitate the unfolding miracle of your child's growth. This is an adventure you and your child embark upon together. Class experiences will become part of your family life all through the week, and a new way of relating will become comfortable and familiar. As you and your child shed your inhibitions and become totally involved with music and with each other, a wonderful world of delight is made possible for your entire family. As the professional educator, the teacher facilitates the process, but the full development of the child relies on the collaboration of teacher, parent/caregiver and child.



The themed curriculum for the Spring Semester semester is Away We Go.

Wish Upon a Star for Children with Special Needs 1 ½ yrs - 5 yrs 5:00-5:40 PM Stefanie Sudduth Register Now

Wish Upon a Star for Children with Special Needs

Wish Upon a Star is a music class specifically designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities.  Stefanie Sudduth is a certified Special Education Teacher with a strong music background.  As a licensed Kindermusik educator, she will offer the carefully crafted Kindermusik curriculum with adaptation for a small group of special learners. With sensitivity to the needs of each child's learning profile, Stefanie will progress at a pace that is appropriate to the classroom community.  Depending on the child's needs, learning will be more structured, more visuals may be used, social interactions and eye contact encouraged, etc.  It is Stefanie's goal to encourage active music-making and musical expression in a fun, relaxed, and enthusiastic way for you and your child. 



The Kindermusik At-home materials for the class ($50 included in total cost of tuition) include a 2-CD set, two literature books, an At-Home Activity book, and an instrument. Students continuing for a second session (optional 5 more weeks) will continue to explore the same materials.



Once you register, Stefanie will contact you to learn more about your child's needs. Please be aware that all Kindermusik classes are open to children with disabilities. However, this class may give you and your little one an opportunity to experience more focused attention to particular learning needs or a chance to "test the waters" and see if they may be ready for a larger integrated class.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Away We Go.



N.B.  This class may be renewed after the first five weeks. Tuition for those continuing in the second session is $70.

Kindermusik: Imagine That 3 ½ yrs - 5 yrs 4:30-5:15 PM Mary Alice Senecal Register Now

Kindermusik: Imagine That

For preschoolers, 3.5 to 5 years old, imagination is everything. Resourcefulness and creativity abound as a result of her/his burgeoning imagination.



IMAGINE THAT! is a carefully crafted curriculum that nurtures those vivid imaginations by embracing the preschool child's unique affinity to learn through pretend play. The enabling foundation of the curriculum is the intergration of music and imagination; the program's development is the direct result of a shift in the current educational research. This research confirms that preschool age children thrive on participatory, expressive learning. Their language skills are exploding beyond mere labeling of words. They want to talk about what they are thinking and feeling; they choose preferences, make comparisons and predictions. Using an incremental integration of activities, the teacher guides the child, nurturing her/him to further develop cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and musical skills throughout the curriculum. A common theme integrates and connects the activities from lesson to lesson. This encourages children to use their own life experiences to build upon their unique learning curve.



IMAGINE THAT! provides an experiential environment that delicately balances teacher-directed activities with child-initiated responses. Based on the concept of "constructivist learning," children select what they need in the moment to facilitate their learning. With music as the common thread, each session allows time for the child to reflect, compare, make choices, express opinions and preferences, and engage in problem-solving strategies.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Toys I Make, Trips I Take

Young Child 2 5 yrs - 6 yrs 5:30-6:30 PM Mary Alice Senecal Register Now

Young Child 2

Using a small-group approach to music education, KINDERMUSIK for the Young Child provides a pressure-free class where your child can develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers. While each semester incrementally builds upon the previous semester (i.e., Semester 2 will pick up where Semester 1 leaves off), it is not necessary for your child to have completed the previous semester. New students are accepted each semester with the exception of Semester 4. The program is designed to prepare the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument. Parents or caregivers participate in the last 10-15 minutes of class. Scaffolding learning by building on previous experience, class components include: 1)Singing and vocal development: It may sound like a foreign language when your child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but s/he’s using the language of professional musicians and composers and getting ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns. 2)Movement: You’ll see your child dance expressively to music, giving her or him the practice s/he needs to coordinate body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well. 3)Reading and writing: Your child will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually s/he’ll even compose her/his own music. 4)Focused listening: Your child will learn to identify a range of orchestral instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition. 5)Exploring and playing musical instruments: Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose your child to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide your child with the opportunity to musically succeed before formal instruction.



PARTICULAR TO SEMESTER 2: Children will explore music for special times, animals in music, and feelings & music. Children will learn about the life, times, and music of Beethoven. Our instrumental focus will include both the string family and the woodwind family, culminating in the exciting story of Peter and the Wolf.  Children will add three new notes to their note-reading skill: d, f, and g. Finally, this second semester will include lots of glockenspiel playing with simple melodies of favorite songs learned in class. The glockenspiel will continue to be a fundamental source of instrument-play throughout each semester of the Young Child curriulum.



SEMESTER 2 MATERIALS: The glockenspiel is carried over from semester 1, Children's Folder (includes Music At Home cards, attendance stickers, name stickers, activity pages and manipulatives which provide the child with visual learning tools), a Games Bag with rhythm sticks and note chips, a Family Song Book with beautifully written and illustrated pages, a Home CD with songs and activities from the curriculum, and the Kindermusik Carry Bag from semester 1.



N.B. The glockenspiel and canvas tote are used throughout the four semesters of the Young Child curriculum.

Wednesdays

Kindermusik: Village 0 yrs - 1 ½ yrs 5:15-6:00 PM Sister Patricia Register Now

Kindermusik: Village

What if there were a place for you and your baby where all the little miracles that seem to fly by so quickly were captured, magnified and celebrated? Where life's merry-go-'round slowed down to let you and your child share in the magical moments that happen through music, movement, touch and sounds? Where you helped your baby to see, touch and hear the world in new ways and in turn, you found new ways to be amazed by her/him? Where parents and children found the true meaning of community? What if there were a place where someone helped you peek inside your baby's miraculous little body and brain. And what if these moments of discovery helped you understand how, with every tune and every rhyme, with every tickle, tumble, and bounce, with every song and every whisper, you help unfold her/his natural gifts and propensity for msuic-making? And what if every time you left this place, you took home treasures from the day, inspirations for making that experience come alive with your baby at home? Infant classes at Carondelet Music Center is the place!



Kindermusik VILLAGE is a curriculum for newborns to 18 months, offering multi-age activities appropriate for the different stages of development in this age range. Building on emerging capabilities of each baby, the music-making experiences foster your child's development and provide a model for parents to assist and nurture that growth. Specially commissioned art in beautiful books for your baby will aid in visual tracking, shape and color recognition, and language development. They will bring the VILLAGE experience home and will become a favorite addition to your child's bookshelf for years to come. Unique to Carondelet Music Center's infant classes is a special INTERGENERATIONAL component involving retired Senior Sisters engaged in the music-making experiences of baby and caregiver.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Dew Drops.

Kindermusik: Family Time 0 yrs - 5 yrs 4:00 PM-4:45 PM Sister Patricia Register Now

Kindermusik: Family Time

In Make Way for Music, families will sing, dance, and move their way through an exploration of several elements of music: beat and rhythm, concepts and contrasts (such as staccato and legato, high and low, the major scale, and arpeggios), the human voice, instrument families, and ensemble. They’ll engage in developmentally appropriate activities that the whole family can enjoy together, including fingerplays, songs, circle dances, story time, and family jam.



Home Materials: Two books—Drum Circle and Animals on Parade, two Home CDs,  Family Guide, an instrument-matching board game and two fingerdrums.



 

Kindermusik: Imagine That 3 ½ yrs - 5 yrs 6:15-7:15 PM Sister Patricia Register Now

Kindermusik: Imagine That

For preschoolers, 3.5 to 5 years old, imagination is everything. Resourcefulness and creativity abound as a result of her/his burgeoning imagination.



IMAGINE THAT! is a carefully crafted curriculum that nurtures those vivid imaginations by embracing the preschool child's unique affinity to learn through pretend play. The enabling foundation of the curriculum is the intergration of music and imagination; the program's development is the direct result of a shift in the current educational research. This research confirms that preschool age children thrive on participatory, expressive learning. Their language skills are exploding beyond mere labeling of words. They want to talk about what they are thinking and feeling; they choose preferences, make comparisons and predictions. Using an incremental integration of activities, the teacher guides the child, nurturing her/him to further develop cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and musical skills throughout the curriculum. A common theme integrates and connects the activities from lesson to lesson. This encourages children to use their own life experiences to build upon their unique learning curve.



IMAGINE THAT! provides an experiential environment that delicately balances teacher-directed activities with child-initiated responses. Based on the concept of "constructivist learning," children select what they need in the moment to facilitate their learning. With music as the common thread, each session allows time for the child to reflect, compare, make choices, express opinions and preferences, and engage in problem-solving strategies.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Toys I Make, Trips I Take

Intermediate Group Piano 12 yrs - 13 yrs 6:00-6:50 PM Katherine Mueller Register Now

Intermediate Group Piano

**This Group Piano class is limited to intermediate piano students continuing from the previous semester.**



Situated at his/her own digital piano in the Music Center's "state of the art" Piano Lab*, students make music as they grow in knowledge of music concepts and advance in piano repertoire. The powerful socializing dimension of collective music-making is realized in the Group Piano setting. Guided by an expert instructor in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, children complement each other's growth through individual performance and ensemble playing. They create original sound stories and group compositions, they add instrumental accompaniments to favorite songs, and they play duets with friends. The 50-minute session includes theory, technique, ear-training, and performance.



*The Piano Lab includes six digital pianos, a teacher console electronically linked to each individual piano, head phones for individual practice, and a Group Educator Control System that allows the group to work independently while the teacher "listens in and communicates with" individual students as s/he monitors progress. Additionally, two computers are available with theory games and notation software, offering opportunities to explore original composition.

Thursdays

Kindermusik: Our Time 1 ½ yrs - 3 yrs 4:45-5:25 PM Mary Alice Senecal Register Now

Kindermusik: Our Time

KINDERMUSIK Our Time brings the joy of music and movement to the lives of parents (or other caregivers) and their toddlers (18 mos-3 years). The weekly classes will assist you in creating an effective learning and growing environment in which your child's musical instincts are encouraged and rudimentary musical skills are developed. The musical stimulation becomes a well of positive experiences from which you and your child can draw, both during the class sessions and throughout the week at home. Through exploration, experimentation, and discovery, your child is actually self-taught. When this exploration is supported and facilitated, your child's inner motivation allows her/his unique qualities to emerge.



In KINDERMUSIK Our Time, the parent/caregiver is involved as a companion and educator. You are trained to become a keen and sensitive observer, balancing necessary help with what is most needed next to facilitate the unfolding miracle of your child's growth. This is an adventure you and your child embark upon together. Class experiences will become part of your family life all through the week, and a new way of relating will become comfortable and familiar. As you and your child shed your inhibitions and become totally involved with music and with each other, a wonderful world of delight is made possible for your entire family. As the professional educator, the teacher facilitates the process, but the full development of the child relies on the collaboration of teacher, parent/caregiver and child.



The themed curriculum for the Spring semester is Away We Go

Young Child 4 6 yrs - 7 yrs 5:30-6:45 PM Mary Alice Senecal Register Now

Young Child 4

Using a small-group approach to music education, KINDERMUSIK for the Young Child provides a pressure-free class where your child can develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers. While each semester incrementally builds upon the previous semester (i.e., Semester 2 will pick up where Semester 1 leaves off), it is not necessary for your child to have completed the previous semester. New students are accepted each semester with the exception of Semester 4. The program is designed to prepare the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument. Parents or caregivers participate in the last 10-15 minutes of class. Scaffolding learning by building on previous experience, class components include: 1)Singing and vocal development: It may sound like a foreign language when your child sings "ta" and "ti-ti," but s/he's using the language of professional musicians and composers and getting ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns. 2)Movement: You'll see your child dance expressively to music, giving her or him the practice s/he needs to coordinate body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well. 3)Reading and writing: Your child will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually s/he'll even compose her/his own music. 4)Focused listening: Your child will learn to identify a range of orchestral instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition. 5)Exploring and playing musical instruments: Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose your child to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide your child with the opportunity to musically succeed before formal instruction.



PARTICULAR TO SEMESTER 4: In this semester, children are introduced to music-makers around the world, including the Pacific Islands, Europe, Africa, and Central and South America. Children will transfer simple songs learned on the glockenspiel to the recorder; they will combine glockenspiel-, dulcimer- and recorder-playing to form ensembles, discovering the joy of collective music-making. Semester 4 also explores the many forms of ethnic/folk music from the perspective of instruments, chants, and songs in native languages. They will create their own compositions and learn about musical form. As children explore various genres and styles of music, they will experience a variety of dance and circle games particular to specific cultures. Our composer focus for this semester will highlight the music of Bach which will lead into an exploration of the keyboard (organ, synthesizer, harpsichord, and piano). Finally, in this fourth semester, students will have the experience of improvising on drums.



SEMESTER 4 MATERIALS: A Recorder, Children's Folder (includes Music At Home cards, attendance stickers, name stickers, activity pages and manipulatives which provide the child with visual learning tools), a Games Bag with rhythm sticks and note chips, a Family Song Book with beautifully written and illustrated pages, and a Home CD with songs and activities from the curriculum.



N.B. Because this final semester is a culmination of the Young Child curriculum, only previously enrolled children in the Young Child curriculum may register for this class.

Elementary Group Piano 8 yrs - 9 yrs 6:00-6:50 PM Katherine Mueller Register Now

Elementary Group Piano

**This Group Piano class is reserved for the beginner piano student continuing in this session from last semester.**



Situated at his/her own digital piano in the Music Center's "state of the art" Piano Lab*, students make music as they explore the geography of the piano, discover multiple aspects of essential music concepts, and learn how to read and perform traditional notation. The powerful socializing dimension of collective music-making is realized in the Group Piano setting. Guided by an expert instructor in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, children complement each other's growth through individual performance and ensemble playing. They create original sound stories and group compositions, they add instrumental accompaniments to favorite songs, and they play duets with friends. The 50-minute session includes theory, technique, ear-training, and performance.



 *The Piano Lab includes six digital pianos, a teacher console electronically linked to each individual piano, head phones for individual practice, and a Group Educator Control System that allows the group to work independently while the teacher "listens in and communicates with" individual students as s/he monitors progress. Additionally, two computers are available with theory games and notation software, offering opportunities to explore original composition.

Elementary Group Piano 9 yrs - 10 yrs 5:00-5:50 PM Katherine Mueller Register Now

Elementary Group Piano

**This Group Piano class is a continuation from the previous semester and reserved for the piano students previously enrolled in this session.**



Situated at his/her own digital piano in the Music Center's "state of the art" Piano Lab*, students make music as they explore the geography of the piano, discover multiple aspects of essential music concepts, and learn how to read and perform traditional notation. The powerful socializing dimension of collective music-making is realized in the Group Piano setting. Guided by an expert instructor in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, children complement each other's growth through individual performance and ensemble playing. They create original sound stories and group compositions, they add instrumental accompaniments to favorite songs, and they play duets with friends. The 50-minute session includes theory, technique, ear-training, and performance.



 *The Piano Lab includes six digital pianos, a teacher console electronically linked to each individual piano, head phones for individual practice, and a Group Educator Control System that allows the group to work independently while the teacher "listens in and communicates with" individual students as s/he monitors progress. Additionally, two computers are available with theory games and notation software, offering opportunities to explore original composition.



May 2014 - July 2014

Class Name Ages Times Instructor Register

Private Lessons

Private Lessons 7 yrs and up. vary varies Register Now

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available during the summer for a variety of options, including length of lesson and number of lessons preferred (e.g., beginning at $148.00 for four 30-minute lessons). Arrangements may be discussed with your current teacher or by calling the Office (518) 783-3608.

Tuesdays

Zoom Buggy for Infants (birth to 18 months) 0 yrs - 1 ½ yrs 10:30-11:30 AM Mary Alice Senecal Register Now

Zoom Buggy for Infants (birth to 18 months)

One of the wonders of this age level is the discovery babies make as they realize that they can get from one place to another by crawling and then walking. Modes of transportation become a favorite topic! This curriculum explores the many ways Baby and Parent/Caregiver can ZOOM! Engaging in a variety of songs, dances and rhymes, and exploring an array of instruments child-safe and appropriate for this age level, babies experience the vroom of a rocket ship and the swoosh of the canoe oars.



Materials include a home CD, baby's story book, instrument (double egg shaker), and art banners.

Creatures of the Ocean 1 ½ yrs - 3 yrs 9:15-10:15 AM Mary Alice Senecal Register Now

Creatures of the Ocean

Sing, move and create while learning about the great world of the ocean, sea life, seashells and people of the sea! This delightful program, exploring such themes as AHOY THERE!, ON MY BEACH BLANKET, RIDING THE WAVES, COASTAL WATERS, and the DEEP BLUE SEA, engages the curiosity, natural gifts and sensitivity of very young children. The hour-long session includes crafts and a snack.



September 2014 - December 2014



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