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Community Music program to offer children’s music classes beginning September 13

ISSUED: 15 August 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Community Music program is offering fall classes for toddlers and preschoolers, with parent/caregiver, in the Frank Center beginning Friday, September 13. Tuition for the classes, which will take place Fridays through November 22, is $140. There will be no class November 1.

Musical Discoveries for ages 18 months-3 years will take place from 9:15-10 a.m. This interactive class will introduce the young student to the rudiments of music. The class will explore songs, echo songs, creative movement, rhymes, and finger-play. The children will play a large variety of rhythm instruments, including drums, rhythm sticks, wood blocks, and triangles.

Music for Pre-Schoolers will take place from 10-10:45 a.m. This class for children age 3-5 is designed to prepare the child for later instrumental studies or voice lessons. The group will play wood, metal, and shaker instruments, sing songs and echo songs, develop listening skills, and work with creative movement and circle dances. Since younger children love to observe and copy older children, older students will help to lead the group in musical activities and songs.

These classes are designed to help develop the child’s music skills, but can also improve language and verbal development and spatial-temporal skills. The students will learn the rudiments of music such as rhythm, tempo, and melodic movement by working on children’s songs from around the world, as well as stories and movement to music. They will play rhythm and Orff instruments, sing echo songs, and learn simple circle dances.

For more information, contact Sherry Sykes, Community Music director, at ssykes@shepherd.edu or 304-876-5248.

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