Picking the Right Class

Miss Susan has Music for All Ages!

Because every child is unfolding on his/her own schedule, ages for group classes are only a guideline. You know your child best and your family’s goals, so choose the one that best fits both.  If you are still unsure, call me at 345-4552 and I would be happy to guide you.

Infants to 17 Months  (Kindermusik “Village”)

Infants will definitely enjoy this class the most.  It has a quieter tone (and more lifting for adults during dances, so it can be more of a work out for you, too!)   Babies up to 17 months will also enjoy it.  Once your baby has mastered walking and running, he/he
might enjoy the faster-paced Toddler/Family Class “Our Time” even more.  (There is optional lifting in this next class!)

In the late fall and spring I also offer a Village class at Roseview Manor Seniors’ Residence.

Baby to 3 1/2 Years  (Toddler/Family Class “Our Time”)

All little ones will enjoy this action-packed packed musical
experience, especially once they have mastered walking and running!  Because all activities are done in a way that is appropriate for them, there are as many ways of doing activities as there are toddlers!

Younger babies are also welcome, of course.  If scheduling prevents you from bringing your little one to the “Village” class, come to this Family Class.  As in all my programs, do every activity in a way that feels safe and happy for you and your child.

This class is also a good choice for families with two young children under 3 1/2 (if it is impractical to bring each to his/her own class.)  Although not necessary, you can bring a second adult partner if you are bringing two children.

This is also a very precious time as your toddler becomes more
independent.  Once your child is about 3 1/2 years old, you will find yourself as a parent waving ‘from the sidelines’ more and more (and from further away as the months and years go by!)  Savour this
precious time as long as you can as your child’s partner.  If he/she is happy coming with you, stay in this class!

3 1/2 – 5 Years “Imagine That”

Around 3 1/2 you will know when it’s time to step back!  Your little one will be happy ‘on his/her own’ for shorter activities.  In “Imagine That”, children attend the first half hour with me; then families join in the final 15 minutes.

This is a time of exploding imagination, along with the developing mastery of language to express all those amazing thoughts!  The “Imagine That” class is very much child-directed, so there are lots of opportunities for exercising choices and leadership skills.
Pre-literacy and other skills necessary for success in school are emphasized (all through music play!), so this a great program to prepare your child for JK or enhance their JK experience.

Because this age group is always bursting with something wonderful to say, it is a smaller class (maximum 8 children).

You are always your child’s most important teacher, so you are always a part of your child’s musical experience with me.  Each week there will be a musical ‘project’ to do together at home (raiding the recycle bin to make instruments, storytelling with music, etc.  – you will have a Home Activity Book to guide you!)

Ages 5 – 7 Years: “Kindermusik for the Young Child”

  “For most children, even talented ones, the best time to begin formal instrumental training is about age seven when the brain refines its ability to combine sequences from different senses simultaneously.”
(Dr. Jane Healy , Your Child’s Growing Mind)

This program sets your child up for success for future formal instrumental lessons.  Perfect for lively kids who love music, but are not ready to do the focused daily practice required to master an instrument.

Children attend the group lesson with me.   We enjoy instrumental ensembles, singing, dancing, creative movement, musical storytelling, learning to read and write musical notation, and much more, all through musical play!

Parents and families join in the final 10 minutes of each one hour class to participate, and find out what the weekly musical ‘project’ is!  (Always something fun to keep the learning alive at home!)

Ages 7 – 14 “Marvellous Melody Makers” Children’s Choir

No experience necessary – just a love for singing!  Call 345-4552 to set up our pre-season meeting.  (This is not an audition – I want to meet you and your child, and hear his/her voice so I know how best to help him/her progress!)

Ages 7 – 77 Private Piano Lessons

“For most children, even talented ones, the best time to begin formal instrumental training is about age seven when the brain refines its ability to combine sequences from different senses simultaneously.”
(Dr. Jane Healey , Your Child’s Growing Mind)

If you or your child love  ‘exploring’ your home piano, and are ready to sit down and practise, it’s time to begin learning how to play the piano!