Summer Early Childhood Music Classes

The Shepherd University Department of Music Preparatory Division will offer the popular early childhood music classes on Wednesdays for five weeks during the summer. The classes will take place on Wednesdays-July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5- and the cost for all five sessions will be $60 per child. Classes will be taught by Frauke Higgins and will be held in the Frank Arts Center on the campus of Shepherd University. Ms. Frauke Higgins has a Masters Degree in Music Education and is an experienced early childhood music educator. She has taught classes to young students since 1990. Class size is limited to 10 children. Summer class offerings include Musical Discoveries, and Music Class for 3 and 4 year olds, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics Music Classes.

Musical Discoveries for ages 18 months to 3 years (with parent/caregiver) from 9:30-10:15 a.m. is an interactive program for parents and children is designed to introduce the very young student to the rudiments of music, working with songs, echo songs, rhythm instruments, finger-play and creative movement. Parents gain confidence in their own musical abilities and learn how to make a difference in their child's musical achievement, while the child develops musical memory, sensitivity to beat and beat groups, singing skills, expressive movement and musical preferences. The instructor uses acoustic instruments-piano, guitar, flute, recorder and Orff instruments, in the lessons.

Children will learn to express the elements of music (such as rhythm, time, pitch and melody, dynamics, tempo) through movement in the Music Class for 3 and 4 year olds, from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. The movement activities will be accompanied by piano. The students will play rhythm instruments and xylophones in the class and will be introduced to solfege (singing). In the Music Class (Dalcroze Eurhythmics) for 5 and 6 year olds, 11:00-11:45 a.m., the children will learn to express the elements of music-such as rhythm, time, tempo, melody, pitch and dynamics—through movement accompanied by piano. Students will work on singing (solfege) and will play Orff rhythm instruments.

For registration information for the early childhood music classes, contact Anne Munro at amunro@shepherd.edu or call 304-876-5555. Registration forms and information can also be found online at www.shepherd.edu/musicweb/preparatory.html.