Sing & Play & Learn Today! is West Music's own early childhood music and movement program! Designed for ages 3 months - 6 years and using activities created by our own educators and other nationally recognized authors, Sing & Play & Learn Today! helps your child experience the amazing musical and non-musical life skills outcomes of early childhood music and movement!
While activities vary by age range, they include singing, listening, vocal and rhythmic practice, dancing, bouncing, exploring simple percussion instruments, drumming, keyboards, and experiencing a wide variety of musical examples, including folk songs, classical music, multi-cultural songs, jazz, and more.
West Music is the largest supplier of General Music instruments in the country. Each class will include a fantastic assortment of recorded music and instruments to reinforce concepts explored in class, and give you a variety of new songs and ideas as you create incredible music at home!
We have had a tremendous response to our past classes, and are so excited to share our program with you in the coming semesters!
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Experience Early Childhood Music and Movement with your baby in our Sing, Play, Grow! environment. Activities will include singing, chanting, cuddling, rocking, dancing, instrument exploration, and more! Our approved baby-safe instruments add to music play at home! Recorded music will include some of our in-class songs and many others to explore as you make music at home with your child.
|Fees for Winter/Spring 2018 Sing, Play, Grow Classes||$185 plus tax on materials|
Your toddler is on the move and ready to learn through musical activities! You and your toddler will sing, move, chant, move, dance, move, explore instruments, and move some more! A great "pre-classroom" environment to encourage self-confidence, self-expression, social skills, and cooperation!
|Fees for Winter/Spring 2018 Sing, Play, Move Classes||$185 plus tax on materials|
Based on activities created by Melissa Blum in her World Music Drumming Curriculum, "Drumming Up the Fun!".
Class activities include creating sound stories to illustrate children's books with musical instruments, exploring modified World Music Drumming ensembles, songs and movement, rhythmic play, singing, dancing, and more! Reinforces important preschool concepts such as turn taking, sharing, following guidelines, respecting personal space, and more.
|Fees for Winter 2018 Sing, Play, Drum Classes||$185 plus tax on materials|
Sing, Play, Keys! was created by Nancy Cree and teachers of the Nancy Cree Keyboard Learning Centers program. Sing, Play, Keys! is designed to give young students a fun way to start learning piano. Children learn rhythm basics, finger plays and exercises, explore keyboard black and white keys, learn about other musical instruments, and more! Sing, Play, Keys! classes are appropriate only for children 5-6 years old at this time.
Children learn rhythm basics, finger plays and exercises, explore keyboard black keys and more!
Rebecca Foerstner is delighted to be the Director of Sing & Play & Learn Today at West Music! She has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and over 17 years experience as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. She has taught early childhood music and movement at West Music since 2001 and teaches Kindergarten at Montessori Children's Garden in North Liberty. Becky has been an active singer and instrumentalist throughout her life.
Angela Frantz has a degree in Early Childhood Education from UCLA. A singer/instrumentalist, she has over 19 years experience as a preschool classroom and music teacher and administrator, and continues to direct a daily educational playgroup in her home. Angela has been an early childhood music and movement educator for over eight years.
Andrea Alert has a BM in Music from Western Michigan University and a MM in Viola Performance from the University of Northern Iowa. She currently performs with the Dubuque Symphony and Orchestra Iowa as a substitute violist. She is comfortable and open to teaching different types of styles, including classical and fiddle. She utilizes different teaching approaches that will best help the student.
Mykal Finch is a classically trained violinist who has been playing for 13 years. Mykal attended Carrol College and Northwest Missouri State University studying Special Education. Mykal is a memeber of the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra and an associate at West Music Decorah.
Mykal teaches our Decorah classes.
Gloria Hartley has a degree in cello performance and music therapy from the University of Iowa. She continues to play cello in the Iowa City Community String Orchestra and is also a board certified music therapist with West Music.
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