250-888-2432 susan@musicalia.ca

 

Growing Grounded

for 3-1/2 to 5 years

 

These 45 minute classes are typically child independent of parent, unless we have a group of families that wish to have parent involvement. 

Class size: 4-5 children without parents and up to 8 children with parents.

 

  • The program for this age group is very active, chatty and creative!  Everything is a game!
  • It is designed to nurture creativity, music ability and comfort in learning through the body
  • Children ready for this program will be playfully engaged through a rich assortment of individual and cooperative kinds of activity
  • We offer activity to benefit the whole being of your musical child

 

 

African children in particular

are as involved with music

as our children are

with television

{and screentime}.

(John Miller Chernoff)

Musical voice, Musical ears & Musical eyes

  • vocal and speech development through singing, chanting, rhymes and vocal play, melodic and rhythmic patterning
  • using the whispering voice, speaking voice, singing voice and calling voices
  • listening games and quiet times
  • storytelling and singing with puppets
  • miming
  • creative music reading and writing
  • increasing use of manipulatives (pictures and stuff to touch) that build a foundation for music reading in following years

 

Musical feet, hands and body

  • free dance, creative dance, folk dance, circle and line dances using special children’s music, world music, classical music and story/narrative music and acapella singing
  • develop beat competency
  • performing rhythm patterns thru modelling, echo and play with world percussion instruments, boomwhackers, found sound instruments and mallet collections
  • regular creative use of ukuleles (establish comfort holding and caring for a guitar-like instrument…they love this!)
  • develop a sense and feeling for ensemble performance through fun and simple songs sung and played during our orchestra time with the Orff instruments
  • musical play (choosing, playing sharing, labelling) with families of percussion (metals, woods, shakers, scrapers, skins)
  • props and other cool things to keep us active, creative, interested and focussed (stretchy bands, hoops, scarves, balls, microphones, hand, stick& finger puppets, beanbags, paper plates, string, parachute, music boxes, glass chimes, dice games)

 

Musical Mind

  • music reading & writing experiences that prepare children for learning notation next year!
  • special rhythm pictures and melody pictures that this age group loves and reads easily
  • musical planning and interactive use of musical terminology (forte, piano, tutti, timbre, crescendo, decrescendo, accelerando, ritardando, presto, adagio)

 

 

Musical Homework…it’s fun!

  • weekly music homework is designed for parents and children to complete together.
  • Supplies and information cards are provided to each family

 

Listening Library

  • provided digitally and via Spotify

 

What parents say

“This is my children’s favorite thing to do all week.  Susan has the capacity to draw out a love of music in every child!  She is like a real-life Pied-Piper for children.  Susan always greets the children with a smile.  She is always patient and encouraging. She manages to keep the kids engaged without having them run wild and lose focus.  This class is worth every penny!  There is no other program for young children that offers as much.  Susan works her magic with the kids and that is what brings us back.”

 

“Susan is an unbelievable teacher – she IS the Musicalia program.  Curriculum is important, but without the right teacher it isn’t enough.  Susan is very intuitive – she knows exactly what my children need and provides it for them so that their participation, engagement and success during each class are guaranteed.”

 

“When my son was about 2-1/2, he started losing interest in music classes (he had been taking them since he was 6 months old).  That is when I discovered Musicalia.  Susan was highly recommended by several people, some whose kids are now in university (is that possible??!) so I decided to give it a try.  My son’s class consisted of 8? 9? Two-and-a half year old BOYS and one girl.  It had chaos written all over it.  Much to my surprise, my son and all of the other kids were 100% engaged from the minute the class started until the time it finished.  Transitions were seamless and the lessons were just so much fun.  My son is now 4 and still loves it and enjoys the classes with many of the same children he started with.  Thanks, Susan!”

“Susan’s energy is amazing.  She enjoys her work and her passion for music, kids and creating all shines through!!”

 

“This is a WAY of being with music, not a way of doing music.  Not only is Susan a master educator, but also she is a gentle soul who knows how to connect meaningfully with her students to create a caring, rich, dynamic learning environment.

 

“Susan is extraordinary at sensing and molding the tone of the class.  I appreciate that she uses the interests of the children to shape the flow of the class.  I’ve been in other programs where when the drum time is over, or if children are wandering or focused elsewhere there isn’t a cohesion to the class.  Susan masterfully uses that type of momentum to draw the children in and aim the musical experience toward where the children are at, not where the program has set.  She’s so gentle and intentional with the children; it’s a beautiful thing to see how the children flock around her to see what she will do next!”

 

“To me, Musicalia is more than just “music lessons”.  It’s a place where my children are discovering the voice of their souls which is invaluable.  It’s done with such excellence.  I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.”

 

“We love your class – it is such a wonderfully rich musical experience for our little ones.  Our son doesn’t willingly leave his Lego table for many things but he does for your class.”

“Susan is capable, talented and dedicated. She treats every child with respect and love. She nurtures the individual child, encouraging their strengths and developing their weaknesses. Classes are exciting, engaging, fun, interactive, structured but with freedom of movement and expression. My children have benefitted in so many ways. They have gained independence, friendships, been exposed to music of all genres, experienced instruments in a controlled environment and developed confidence. She has fostered their love for music.”

 

“It’s the whole experience which when I sit back and take in, is so moving. Kids moving, creating, learning, playing together. Susan is so aware of child development/brain development and how you incorporate great, focused, energized classes with fantastic management skills.”

 

“Musicalia goes beyond music and movement and encompasses socialization, learning and fun and play as learning. Susan’s enthusiasm and passion separate her from all other programs. This isn’t her business, it is her calling. Classes are a fun experience that keeps changing and never gets routine. We’ve tried other programs and honestly there’s no comparison. Others were routine and boring. Musicalia TRULY combines music & MOVEMENT. Above all, she engages children on their terms and doesn’t force them to be mindless singing and clapping drones.”

“The pre-K programs are fabulous! All three of my children have absorbed the wonders of musical beginnings here through play. It’s truly something to discover that music is more than just an instrument, but movement, feeling and sounds all around. To observe that wonder in the toddler stage is awesome; they begin understanding the language of music as a whole body experience not just limited to something external from themselves. I think to know that so young frees music to be a natural part of you.”

 

“Susan knows how to ride the ebb and flow of authentic and natural learning with astonishing ease and grace. She knows how to inspire each child – the perfect amount of tenderness and toughness to help them connect with and to awaken them to their inner music.”

 

“Susan rocks! Classes are filled with lots of movement and involvement of imagination and creativity.”