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Group Classes for Young Children

Our group classes feature singing and bouncing, instruments, stories, puppet shows, and creative movement. They’re formed in age-specific groups, as described below, from 4 months to 4 years. (For music classes for older children, see our Piano Orff Experience page.)

Classes range in size from a minimum of 5 students to a maximum of 12. All classes are 40 minutes long.

First Steps in Music

For children 1-2 years old
Offered Saturdays at 11:00

First Steps in Music introduces your baby to the world of sound and song. We bounce our babies, tickle them, count their fingers and their toes, move with them, play instruments with them, give them scarves for peek-a-boo time, and show them animal puppets. Finally, we finish off the class with recorder music and a soothing lullaby. These classes are as much for the caregivers as for the children. Even if you don’t have any musical background, you’ll learn how to play simple musical games and sing to your little one.

Little Musicians

For children 18 months-2.5 years old
Offered Saturdays at 9:30

Little Musicians helps older babies and toddlers develop their musical skills and learn to express themselves in song. Caregivers are still present, but now children are ready to explore the world on their own with boundless curiosity and energy. We follow the same format as in First Steps in Music, but now we spend more time with creative movement, instrument playing, and interactive songs. Children are old enough that they might want to do the singing as they rock their teddy bears to sleep.

Stories and Songs

For children 3-4 years old
Offered Saturdays at 10:15

Stories and Songs lets older children explore the world of music and develop their own musical voices, while having great fun. Children attend classes on their own, although caregivers may attend at a child’s request or at the request of the teacher. We nurture their playful nature with a variety of songs, stories, and music games, and introduce them to new percussive and melodic instruments. They also learn the concepts of beat and rhythm informally, putting them on the right path to make music an enriching part of their lives.

Schedule

The Winter term begins on Saturday, January 7th and runs until Saturday April 8th. There are 12 classes in this session. Classes will not be held on Family Day Weekend (February 18th) or March Break (March 18th).

Cost

The fee for Fall group classes is $210.00. Siblings of a student paying full price can receive a 10% discount (not to be combined with any other promotion).

Registration

You can register for classes using our online registration form. Or, you can print a paper registration form (in Microsoft Word format or Acrobat PDF format) and mail it to us, along with a cheque payable to Faria MacDonald.

Questions? Phone or email us.

Location

Windermere United Church
356 Windermere Ave (2 blocks south of Bloor)
Near Jane subway
Street parking