I am beyond thrilled to announce the expansion of my program. Candy Mountain Music began as ONE weekly private class in someone’s basement and has grown over the past several years to include birthday parties, special events, community school programs, and several weekly classes offered out of Lexington’s local studio, Baby Moon.
Going into year FIVE, Candy Mountain Music will branch out from its current programming and begin providing unique, interactive, PLAY BASED music and movement classes specific to the developmental landscape of the PRESCHOOLER aged 3 through age 5. This NEW class will carry on the goal and intention of all Candy Mountain Music classes, to create musical memories, while beginning to delve deeper into the realm of musical understanding, response, creation, and confidence. Transitions can now become slower and more intentional as the preschooler mind has gained a certain focus that the newly mobile toddler hasn’t reached in his developmental journey.
The preschooler begins to look at the world in a new way. He wonders how he can relate himself, a now fully realized SEPARATE entity, to others outside of his internal world. Music and movement are wonderful ways to fulfill that need for connection and belonging, while at the same time offering space for individual expression, manifestation, and confidence of SELF as a creative being. This new preschooler music class will contain playful games to encourage vocalization, instrument response activities and movement games to expose a deeper understanding of rhythm/ beat/ tempo/ timing/ and dynamics, and an introduction into the world of storytelling through engaged listening, visual expression, and active participation and improvisation. The most musical aspect of the human experience is finding one’s voice and combining it with one’s personal story. In fact, I would argue that at the true heart of musical expression, that’s all that really matters. Our preschoolers are ready to make that discovery and I can’t wait to see them begin.
Q: I have two siblings that will now fall under two different class categories (example: A 2 year old TODDLER class and a 4 year old PRESCHOOLER class), which should we do?
A: In most all cases, I will ask that if you want to do classes with both children at the same time, that you move up to the oldest age range for classes. The younger child will still be able to participate and benefit from the preschooler class and will allow the older child to experience an environment in which he feels supported and free to respond. If you have a young toddler, I will ask that you please be mindful of the atmosphere of the preschooler class and the slower, more intentional environment that it will reflect. In some cases, it may not be appropriate for a younger sibling to attend and I ask that if in doubt that you please contact me on an individual basis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I have a 2.5 year old that I think would benefit from going ahead and moving up to the PRESCHOOLER class even though she is not quite 3 years old yet, can we go ahead and enroll in the older class?
A: As each child’s personality needs and developmental milestones are different, I am completely open to children approaching the age of 3 in the next few months going ahead and beginning in the preschooler class. If you would like to discuss specific cases, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Q: My child is currently in a morning preschool program, do you offer any options for them to still play?
A: YES! The PRESCHOOLER class will meet Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 12:30pm, and Wednesdays 3:30pm for weekly sessions. There will also be options for EVENING classes which will meet twice a month Wednesdays 6pm!
Q: Do parents stay for this class?
A: Yes! Parents will still play a pivotal role in helping to encourage the creation of a warm, joyous, safe environment for their child in class, as well as continuing to help model activities and PLAYING ALONGSIDE the children.
Q: We took classes with you for awhile and then haven’t been back since my child got a little older, will this class be different than the class we used to attend?
A: The PRESCHOOLER class will absolutely be uniquely different. That said, there will be elements that will be familiar to your child (the welcome song, the play based approach, hands on interactions, instrument exploration), but will contain props and activities that will be specific to this class only. Echo microphones to encourage vocalization and response, individual glockenspiel play, storytelling and felt boards, slower transitions, and the ability to delve deeper into our topics and play are just some of the elements I am excited to introduce to this new class!
I will see all my PRESCHOOLERS in the New Year!
Happy Holidays everyone!