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Not Just a Class – an Adventure
In partnership with Opera Columbus, Musicologie Junior is a group class for toddlers and their parents, guardians or caretakers. At each 40 minute class, we’ll sing songs, move our bodies, dance to different styles of music, read sing-along books, and play lots of musical instruments while your child reinforces her naturally-developing senses of rhythm, melody, rhyme, speech, and movement! We’ll incorporate methods from Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Orff. Ages 0-5.
How it works
Junior is $68 per month for one class per week. Plus you get one free guest pass per month so you can bring a sibling or a friend. If you need to miss, no problem. Just come to one of our other class times.
Just want to try it out to see how your little one likes it? Your first class is free!
Juliet, age 4
Preparation for Private Lessons and Beyond
Many people think music ability is something you’re either born with or you’re not. That’s not true! You have to develop talent. You have to learn rhythm. The way to achieve that is to start music exploration early. Kids can learn to be talented musicians, just like they learn to walk and talk.
Of course not everyone is going to be a famous musician, just like not everyone is a great speaker or runner. But we all learn to talk and to run. In the same way, we are all musicians. We just have to tap into it.
Our class does that through an experience and play-based curriculum that introduces kids to a variety of fundamental music concepts and ideas. We touch on solfege, scale patterns, improvisation, movement and rhythm patterns, and even basic note reading. We also reinforce preschool concepts like animals and sounds, body parts, colors, counting, opposites, following directions and sharing.
Meet the Teacher
Musicologie Junior was created by Kay Barker. Kay studied developmental psychology and has more than 15 years experience working with toddlers and young music learners preparing them for a lifetime of musical exploration. Classes are led by Kay or one of her expert Junior teachers.
Is Musicologie Junior different from other early childhood music programs?
Yes, our toddler experience is different in a few key ways. First, it’s mixed age. Bringing a sixteen month old together with a three year old in the same class benefits both kids. The younger one gets to see good behavior modeled in someone other than an adult, and the older child learns how to nurture, share and participate in educating the others. Other programs don’t do this, not because it’s not the ideal learning experience, but because it’s a challenge to develop the curriculum and teacher training. Musicologie Junior was developed with this multi-age experience in mind with curriculum and teachers to match.
Second, it’s hands on with real instruments. Each week has a different musical theme with an instrument to match. Kids get to see and touch and hear these instruments, and participate as they are able. We encourage a sense of exploration and fun with exposure to lots of instruments and music from many cultures and genres.
Want to learn more specifcs about the research and history of early childhood music education? Read our article about the methods behind our toddler class >>
We teach Musicologie Junior classes at all four of our studios in Grandview, Westerville, Dublin and Lewis Center. Each studio has a large community room with exciting instruments including a piano, an organ, an accordion, drums, percussion, toy pianos, violins, guitars, and more.