"Nurtured by Music" Suzuki Early Childhood Music Class
Parent and child (age 0-3) participate in a weekly interactive music class. Parents enjoy watching their babies develop rhythmic and melodic awareness, memory and social skills. Teachers work with parents to build a repertoire of lullabies, action songs and nursery rhymes. Parents are encouraged to use the Curriculum CD at home and to repeat the songs and rhymes daily.
The outcomes of these activities include increased vocabulary, socially acceptable behavior and sensitive group participation at an early age. The most important skill for children at an early age is the ability to listen.
Benefits of long-term participation in Suzuki ECE: --Ability to listen --Rhythmic and melodic awareness --Memory skills --Increased vocabulary --Sensitive group participation --Social skills --Preparation for instrument study
How is Suzuki ECE different from other music classes? --Calm environment for learning --Active parent involvement --Active participation in music-making --Repetition of activities leads to mastery of skills which leads to confidence --Specific structure of the Suzuki ECE class builds child's ability to focus and increase concentration span --Encouragement of parent and child creates a positive environment for learning --Team Teaching (two teachers per class) approach allows for quick transitions between activities --Suzuki ECE Teachers have taken long-term training and are committed to on-going education.
Tuition: $575 for full year (32 classes) / or $150 each quarter of 8 classes
annual registration fee of $25.
CD and booklet $25, paid the first time you enroll.
“St. Joe’s Baby Suzuki class teaches so many skills beyond music –
listening, taking turns, rhythm, rhyming, coordination, right vs. left.
My child loves it!
I have been to other programs
and this one is the best.”
for students who are 4 and 5 years old
Students build foundation skills while having fun with music activities - discovering instinctual rhythm and melody skills and the joy of music-making. Students sing, move, dance, and play, learning about the instruments, their voices, enjoying creative movement, games, and rhythm instrument experimentation.
Tuesday 5:45-6:30pm (first day Tuesday Sept. 13)
follows Term calendar, meets eight times of each nine week term, new students may begin at the beginning of any term.
Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow
Tuition: $125 per term, $25 annual registration paid first time student enrolls
FIRST STEPS for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade
The core curriculum is based on the Kodaly and Dalcroze methods and lays a solid foundation for rhythm reading skills. Children sing, move, draw, and play games and rhythm instruments. Through aural, visual and kinesthetic activities the elements of rhythm are experienced and internalized and then presented as the written symbols of the musical language. Children learn beat, rhythm, note names and values through 16th notes, duple and triple meter. Elements of ear training, melody and melodic movement are internalized and then presented as the written symbols of the musical language. Children learn pentatonic and diatonic scales, solfege, moveable “DO”, the fiveline staff, and melodic movement in steps and skips.
The course covers 25 weeks, October -May.
Class meets for 1 hour once per week.
Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow.
Mondays 5:30-6:30pm begins October 10th
Saturdays 10-11am begins October 8th
Tuition: $395 (plus registration fee of $25) for full 25- week class (for payment plan options, inquire with the office)
VOICE CLASS ages 7-9
This class serves as a continuation of the First Steps class, or is perfect for children who love to sing or who have not chosen an instrument yet. The class covers basic technique, sight-singing, ear-training, and singing of vocal literature appropriate to the age. Both unison and part singing are included and students perform in a recital.
New students are welcome to begin at the beginning of any term.
Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow
Tuition: $135 per nine week term (plus $25 annual registration paid when student enrolls)
follows term calendar (four terms per school year) First class meets Sept. 12.
in summer term, this class becomes "Sing&Act" mini-musical - see summer page
for Beginners and Beyond
Recommended for 7th grade and up.
Course Description: In this weekly class, students will work on writing songs regardless of experience. By combining original composition with the study and performance of cover songs, we will work to understand the craft of songwriting. Subjects covered will be popular song forms, chord progressions, melodic construction, lyric writing and more. Class will culminate in a concert at the end of the term. Instructor Tim Kraack is a pianist and songwriter with several albums as well as collections of classical song.
Prerequisites: 2 years of piano or guitar experience, a basic understanding of chords (how to play major and minor chords on the student’s preferred instrument)
A notebook specifically designated for songwriting
A notebook or loose-leaf paper specifically designated for note-taking in class
Access to a keyboard or guitar at home
Each week students are expected to do the following –
1) Listen to a new album 2) Learn a new cover 3) Write a new song or part of a new song
Course will cover:
Keys, identifying your key and what that means
Chord choices, roman numeral system, major/minor
Song structure and terminology, tempi, genre
How to lay out your songs clearly and neatly
Point of View - Are you writing from your own perspective? From a characters? Third Person? How does it change the meaning of the song?
Sharing of songs
Thursdays, 6:30-7:30, begins Sept. 15, meets 8 times per 9-week term. Tuition: $150 per term (plus once annual fee of $25 for students not enrolled in private lessons)
New students can begin at the beginning of any new term.