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
Sing, Play, Keys! has been an excellent introduction to the keys, notes and music counting for our 5 year old. I see this program as the perfect building blocks toward music recognition and understanding for any future instrument she chooses. -- Amy
We love Sing, Play, Keys! because our son is proud to show us what he learns. The look on his face when he plays a piece is jubilant! -- Melissa
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!
We have had a tremendous response to our past classes, and are so excited to share our program with you in the coming semesters!
Register online, or download and print a registration form for classes at any West Music location - see class listings for registration details.
Summer classes begin in July! Fall classes begin in September!
(See class listings for details)
Register Today! Availability is determined by minimum/maximum class sizes; space is reserved on a first come first served basis. If a class you choose is unavailable, we'll call you with further options.
Your Sing & Play & Learn Today Educators
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.
Melissa 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 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 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.
Heather Beck graduated in 2009 from Western Illinois University, with a bachelor in music education. She is currently working as a paraprofessional in the Moline School District and in her spare time, she teaches beginning piano lessons out of her home. Heather has been with the Quad City West Music's "Sing & Play & Learn" program since early 2013 and has loved every moment! Watching the children grow and develop new friendships, while learning music fundamentals, is a rewarding experience. Their enthusiasm to learn and their excitement when they figure something out is always a joy to experience.
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.
Beth 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 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.