Infants and Toddlers Classes
Our group music classes for children aged 4 months to 6 years enhance their development while introducing all genres of music and a large assortment of classical and folk instruments. We firmly believe that music can serve as a communicative medium, developmental tool, and constant companion throughout each person’s entire life.
Each week, our students meet a new instrument of the orchestra, playing along with their teacher! Our collection has everything from Trumpets to the marimba and includes folk and world instruments like djembe and banjo. In addition to the big instruments, we also have maracas, tambourines, bongo, drums, guiros, castanets, harmonicas, and many more.
When children turn 2 or 3, they usually play kid-size guitars, violins, recorders, and keyboards! Growing up, kids also write their own songs, learn how to conduct, practice music notation, and recognize classical excerpts by famous composers. The Nest Music Conservatory meets the musical expectations of children of all ages.
We incorporate socially active, music-inspired movements into all classes. In our toddler and baby music classes, kids look forward to bouncing on balls to the rhythm of the music, while older children love dancing in coordination, solidifying the building blocks of rhythm, tempo, and dynamics through physical expression.
Instead of creating just an entertaining show for kids, we designed a curriculum for each age group, planning how each class will incorporate activities to benefit the children’s development while they’re simply having fun making the music they love.
Music instruction has been shown to help enhance development in numerous aspects:
We practice basic gross motor skills with our youngest students: babies sit up to hear the music, bounce to the rhythm, and begin moving towards their teachers and the piano. Fine motor skills are exercised and developed by reaching out to grasp and shake maracas, growing to toddlers strumming and plucking guitar strings, and graduating to more advanced skills like playing specific notes on a xylophone with a mallet, playing the violin, and practicing the keyboard.
Children practice listening to human speech through song and different types of instruments (woodwinds, strings, percussion, and brass) with a wide variety of pitches and timbres, stimulating their brain activity and honing their auditory discrimination skills.
Music creates a verbal response from babies and toddlers, who practice babbling and listen carefully to the cadence, timbre, and sounds of speech through songs in class.
As Daniel Levitin once said, “Music processing helps infants to prepare for language; it may pave the way to linguistic prosody, even before the child’s developing brain is ready to process phonetics. Music for the developing brain is a form of play, an exercise that invokes higher-level integrative processes that nurture exploratory competence, preparing the child to explore generative language development through babbling eventually, and ultimately more complex linguistic and paralinguistic productions”.
Social / Emotional
Our group classes prepare children for preschool or elementary school. Turn-taking, conflict resolution, delayed gratification and working together as a team unit is all exercised in our specialized classes. Babies and young children benefit socially by getting to know their little classmates and learning how to interact with other children.
Music also benefits the mental well-being of a child. The parent-child connection is nurtured for babies and toddlers by playing music together while the music soothes and stimulates the child’s developing brain. For older children, music as creative self-expression is excellent for boosting self-discipline and self-confidence!
Evidence-based literature suggests that music instruction improves spatial-temporal reasoning, making learning math and science more accessible. Learning music also helps improve memory and concentration skills.
More about our class descriptions by age HERE.