Music for Babies (Birth-1 Year)
Ages: Birth to 1 Year (once the baby begins walking independently, the toddler level should be considered for the subsequent semester)
Class Length: 30 minutes, once a week
Duration: 3 weeks
Note: If a baby is entering this level for the first time, a one-time purchase of an instrument kit (pouch containing rhythm sticks, scarf, and shaker) for an additional $10 is required. This instrument kit may be used in subsequent semesters and is therefore not built into the advertised price. This instrument kit will be automatically added to your cart upon registration; please remove it prior to checkout if you have a kit from a previous semester!
Description: Play musically with your baby in a non-competitive, non-stressful environment through bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, dancing, moving, and singing. Music play activities are designed to increase your child’s curiosity about music, to develop listening skills, a sense of beat, and to establish a foundation for singing and musical thought.
Musical Goals: Feel and express a steady beat; Experiment with vocalizations; Encourage meaningful movement; Form a bank of familiar songs; Be exposed to various styles of music; Differentiate various instrument sounds; Lay the groundwork for singing and speech so that children learn to sing at the same time they learn to talk; Awaken baby’s natural curiosity and and response to music.
Developmental Goals: Foster bonding between baby and caregiver; Develop a foundation for gross and fine motor; Develop hand-eye coordination; Develop language connections; Offer listening and sensory stimulation; Provide focused auditory stimulation.