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Early Childhood Music Education

Children start learning music when they are born. They listen, they watch, they experiment with sounds and movement, and eventually, they sing and chant and move rhythmically. The more music they hear and the richer the musical sounds they experience, the sooner and better they develop their own musical skills. This process mirrors the way in which children learn language.

Early Childhood Music Education classes are based on the research of Edwin Gordon and follow the curriculum developed by Dr. Cynthia Crump Taggart, Professor and Chair of Music Education at MSU and Director of the Early Childhood Music Program at CMS. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music, playing assorted percussion instruments, and pattern instruction. The goal of the curriculum is to increase children’s music aptitude (potential to achieve in music) through engaging and entertaining musical activities, which will lay a foundation for lifelong music.

Early childhood music students start as early as birth. The youngest babies respond to class activities with rapt attention as they soak up the musical sounds. Older children begin to explore with their voices and their bodies. As they get older, many students develop their musical skills so that they can echo tonal and rhythmic patterns accurately, sing in tune, and move exactly with the musical beat.

Children attend early childhood music class with a parent or caregiver. Infant/toddler classes are offered for children 0-3 years, and preschool classes are offered for children 3-5 years.

Fall classes run from Sept. 14- Nov. 21, 2015.

Cost is $168 per semester (10 weeks)


Early Childhood Music Flier (PDF)

Infant and Toddler Classes for Ages 0-3 Years Old


6:30 p.m. - Carly Jakrzewski - CLASS IS FULL


10:00 a.m. - Lena Miles - CLASS IS FULL

5:30 p.m. - Carly Jakrzewski


9:00 a.m. - Lena Miles

5:30 p.m. - Kara Kurzeja


9:00 a.m. - Cindy Taggart - CLASS IS FULL

10:00 a.m. - Carin McEvoy

6:30 p.m. - Kara Kurzeja


10:00 a.m. - Lena Miles - CLASS IS FULL


9:00 a.m. - Carly Jakrzewski - CLASS IS FULL
11:00 a.m. - Carly Jakrzewski - CLASS IS FULL


Preschool Classes for Ages 3-5 Years Old

Monday 5:30 p.m. - Aaron Petrovich - CLASS IS FULL

11:00 a.m. - Amy Stice

6:30 p.m. - Kara Kurzeja

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - Carly Jakrzewski


Early Childhood Music Program Philosophy and FAQ

student spotlightRead about a CMS family and their time with early childhood music classes.

Children ages 5-7 years, are encouraged to take Making Music. This class complements the Early Childhood Music Education program and is the next logical step for children who are too old for the EC program, but who are not decided upon a specific instrument and/or are not yet ready to begin private lessons.

Early Childhood Music programs are fully inclusive. Several classes are run in collaboration with Early On. However, an Early Childhood Music Therapy class is also available.

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EC child with echo mic

"The quality of everything from the teacher, to the rapport she and her assistant had with my daughter, to the lessons themselves was TOP-NOTCH! My daughter loves music so much and it was really fun to watch her participate in class. We can't wait to come back."

-CMS Early Childhood Music Education parent

Child drumming

"My son and I both look forward to this music class. It can change his mood around almost instantly. My son has a language delay but in this class he imitates and participates more than anywhere else. The class has given me some effective tools to use with him at home as well."

-CMS Early Childhood Music Education parent

EC child with scarves



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