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Sing & Play & Learn Today! is an engaging program that promotes music appreciation, movement, and social interaction for children. The passion for music displayed by the instructors is inspiring. Through the music program, all of our children have made friends and built relationships that extend outside of the classroom. In our busy lives, the Sing & Play & Learn Today! program has provided us with countless hours of parent/child bonding time and created memories that we'll cherish forever.
    -- Christa & Nick

Sing & Play & Learn Today! has been a wonderful learning environment for my daughter to gain comfort in a group setting and to appreciate a love for music. She now absolutely loves to sing and we incorporate music in our daily lives. We can not thank West Music enough for providing this engaging and fun class.
    -- Deanna

We have been taking our children to the group music program since they were a few months old, and they have absolutely loved it!
    -- Lanaya

Sing & Play & Learn Today! is something we look forward to each week! Our three children have all enjoyed the special time we spend in music class. The curriculum is interactive and the resources are helpful in extending learning at home.
    -- Kari

What is Sing & Play & Learn Today?

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!

Late registration for current classes is available.
For details, please email singplaylearn@westmusic.com
or call (800) 373-2000.

We'll be sharing information in the near future about our upcoming Winter and Spring Sing & Play & Learn Today! sessions. Check this page soon for all the details and class times!

Sing & Play & Learn Today! Classes

Sing, Play, Grow!

For babies ages 3 – 15 months

Sing, Play, Drum!

  • Weekly 45-minute classes with a caregiver
  • An assortment of home materials

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.

Sing, Play, Move!

For toddlers ages 16 months – 3½ years

Sing, Play, Move!

  • Weekly 45-minute classes with a caregiver
  • An assortment of home materials
  • Recorded music will include some of our in-class songs and many others to explore as you make music at home.

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!

Sing, Play, Drum!

For preschoolers ages 3½ – 5 years

Sing, Play, Drum!

  • Weekly 45-minute classes; children attend first 35 minutes alone, caregivers join in for last 10 minutes
  • An assortment of home 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.

Sing, Play, Keys!

For Pre-K and Kindergarteners ages 4 to 6 years

Sing, Play, Keys!

  • Weekly 45-minute classes; children attend first 40 minutes alone, caregivers join in for last 5 minutes
  • An assortment of home materials
  • A Yamaha PSR-E433 keyboard can be rented for $50 for a 14-week session.

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! At the end of the two-semester program, most students will be ready to start private piano lessons.

Semester 1: Keyboard Explorers
Semester 1 explores body awareness, rhythm activities with the introduction of the quarter and half note, finger plays and exercises designed to strengthen and incorporate beginning finger technique, exploring the keyboard's black and white keys, learning about the instruments of the orchestra, and playing songs using finger numbers.

Semester 2: Keyboard Adventures
Semester 2 continues with technique and rhythm activities and introduces the dotted half note, whole note, and the quarter rest and we learn more about different musical instruments. We review several finger number songs, learn the musical alphabet, and the names of the keys on the keyboard and play more songs composed by Tina Chapman. Students must have completed Semester 1 Keyboard Explorers before registering for Semester 2 Keyboard Adventurers.

Our keyboard music classes help students learn to share, work and play together, improve listening skills, and have lots of fun making music.

Your Sing & Play & Learn Today Educators

Rebecca FoerstnerRebecca 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.

Melissa BlumMelissa Blum is the former director of our program and has taught early childhood music and movement since 1999. She is a Vice President at West Music. Melissa has a degree in Music and K-12 Music Certification from the University of Iowa, and has completed graduate course work in Music Education/General Education. She has 23 years experience teaching music at the Pre-K – adult levels. Melissa is a clinician for Early Childhood Music and Movement educators and teaches the class Drumming Up the Fun! through the World Music Drumming Curriculum.

Angela FrantzAngela 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.

Natalie LandowskiNatalie Landowski has multiple years of experience teaching music to children and is currently working on her doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy. Natalie is also a member of the Nancy Cree Keyboard Learning Center.

Andrea AlertAndrea 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.

Beth KorleskiBeth Korleski graduated with her degree in Business Management and Music from Luther College in May 2013. During the summer months when she wasn't in school, she worked as a summer camp counselor where she led music classes and performances. In addition to working at West Music at a Merchandise Manager for print music, piano, fretted instruments and music gifts, Beth is also active in the Chamber Singers of Iowa City, enjoys volunteering at the local Ronald McDonald house, likes to experiment with baking and enjoys running.

Jessica PalmerJessica Palmer has been spreading music appreciation to children for years, and SPLT is a dream come true! She has taught music camps and programs at the Iowa Children's Museum for 6 years and recently completed a preschool music enrichment class at Willowwind School. She is a graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in Music and is a practicing musician and musical director for community theaters in the Iowa City area.

Allison ChenowethAllison Chenoweth was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa. After graduating high school she attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in both Music and Anthropology in 2002. Following graduation, she moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago and earned a Master of Arts degree in Humanities focusing on the field of ethnomusicology and studying the development of steel pan groups. Allison has been teaching piano with the Nancy Cree Keyboard Learning Centers since 2005.

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