Early Childhood Music Classes for Ages 0-5


Overview of Early Childhood Classes


The Mission of Recreational Music Center (RMC) is to cultivate the joy of making music through relevant, cutting edge teaching methods, making them available to everyone regardless of financial resources or other barriers.

Designed to cultivate the joy of music making, our Early Childhood Music Program serves children from birth to age six, taking into account the developmental stages of every age group.

Our musically-rich environment is ideal for nurturing your child’s brain to foster musical comprehension, coordination and expressive sensitivity, therefore developing her musical aptitude.

Music making is one of the few activities that you can do with your child that supports and enhances all aspects of their development, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language and overall literacy development. 

For additional information, to enroll or to be added to our wait list for any of our Early Childhood classes please complete the email form at the bottom of this page or call our Early Childhood Hotline 619-225-9597 "option 1".



Developmentally-Appropriate Age Group Music Classes

   
  

Infants (newborn-confident walkers)

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In our infant classes you will interact with you child through singing, nursery rhymes, tickle/touch activities, lap bounces, dancing, scarf play and percussion instrument exploration. Our classes are designed to enhance your bond with baby, as you actively explore the joy of music making while your child observes and engages with you.

There are two categories for infant music classes: 

1.      Lap Babies- from newborn to crawling

2.      Lil Movers- from crawling to confidently walking


Class Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $40 PER MONTH paid via AutoPay

For a complete weekly schedule and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597 "option 1"

Toddlers (confident walkers -runners)

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The toddler classes are designed to begin to develop your child’s musicality, as we sing songs, speak rhymes, clap, tap, wiggle, dance, and participate in finger play, imaginary play, and instrument exploration. Adult-participation is required in this classes.

Toddlers are separated into two age groups:

1.      Tots – Confident walkers to confident runners (approximately 14-24 months)

2.      Toddlers – Confident runners (approximately 24-36 months)         

At the Tots level your child is developmentally in a receptive phase, learning music through watching, listening and feeling. These classes will feel gentler than at the toddler level. She will need you to play with her in class following the teachers lead because she will be learning a lot by imitating you.

At the Toddler level your two year old is entering a more expressive phase. Our toddler music classes provide you with a wonderful opportunity to support your toddler’s growing independence, as you participate in music play alongside him/her. We encourage you to engage in learning the songs in class and repeating them at home. Takes some of the fun home. You toddler loves and learns through repetition.


Class Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $40 PER MONTH paid via AutoPay


For a complete weekly schedule and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597 "option 1"

   

Musical Friends (ages 3 and 4 as of September 1st)

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The Musical Friends and Musical Explorers classes are designed to lay the foundation for music literacy later in life, using concepts from the Feierabend approach to early childhood music. John Feierabend states that children need to be prepared to be musical in three ways.

1.      Tuneful – by teaching and encouraging children to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.

2.      Beatful – by leading children to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either 2s or 3s.

3.      Artful – by encouraging children to respond to music in an emotional way.


Musical Friends
During each Musical Friends class, your child will get to do a series of singing, movement and beat activities, as well as, games aimed at developing her musicality in developmentally appropriate ways. She will have the opportunity to engage with music from different genre’s and cultures. Our Musical friends classes give your 3-5 year old the opportunity to spend time in joyful music play and exploration with his peers. You will have the joy of watching her grow tuneful, beatful, and artful from the side.

Musical Friends Categories:

1.      Junior Musical Friends           3 and 4 year olds             45 minutes

2.      Senior Musical Friends           4 and 5 year olds             45 minutes

(Your child may enroll in a Musical friend’s class which corresponds with her age on 1st September. If she is 3 years old as of September 1st, she will be in Junior Musical Friends, if he is 4 on 1st September he will join Senior Musical Friends. The themes and layout of the classes will be the same. The complexity of the activities, and repertoire will increase as children move through the program.) 

Class Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $50 PER MONTH paid via AutoPay


For a complete weekly schedule and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597 "option 1"

   

Musical Explorers (ages 5 and 6 as of September 1st)

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The Musical Friends and Musical Explorers classes are designed to lay the foundation for music literacy later in life, using concepts from the Feierabend approach to early childhood music. John Feierabend states that children need to be prepared to be musical in three ways.

1.      Tuneful – by teaching and encouraging children to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.

2.      Beatful – by leading children to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either 2s or 3s.

3.      Artful – by encouraging children to respond to music in an emotional way.


Musical Explorers
Our Musical Explorer classes, give your 5-7 year old, the opportunity to spend time in joyful music play and exploration of various instruments with his peers, as his musicality develops tunefully, beatfully and artfully. Musical Explorer’s classes have an extra 15 minute instrument exploration component. This may include hands-on experience with tuned percussion instruments, keyboard, ukulele or drums, and exposure to various instruments from around the world.

5 and 6 year olds             60 minutes

(Your child may enroll in Musical Explorers if she is at least 5 years old on 1st September. The themes and layout of these classes will be similar to Musical Friends, with the exception of instrument exploration.)


Duration:
 60 minutes
Cost: $75 PER MONTH. Paid via AutoPay


For a complete weekly schedule and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597 "option 1"

   

Family Music (Sibling Class for ages 0-5)

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Musical Families classes are mixed age (0-5 years) classes that will develop your childrens’ rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic vocabulary in age appropriate ways as they engage with interactive songs, rhymes, movement and instrument play. Having mixed ages in the class encourages an organically family style of learning, as children interact with their siblings and caregivers while having fun exploring music.

Class Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $40 per child, PER MONTH paid via AutoPay

For a complete weekly schedule and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597 "option 1"

Early Childhood Program Questions

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Benefits of Music Education

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Benefits for Infant

Benefits for Toddler

Benefits for Preschooler and Beyond

 
Benefits for Infant

Research in developmental science indicates that babies, as early as 9 months old, who participate in group music making with their parents:

-          Have more sophisticated brain responses to music

-          Develop early communication skills sooner (like pointing at objects that are out of reach, or waving goodbye)

-          Smile more

-          Easier to soothe

-          Show less distress when things are unfamiliar or don’t go their way.

Interactive music making with a caregiver increases an infant’s sensitivity to pitch structure and musical tones, promotes his ability to detect patterns in sounds, and activates the areas of her brain linked to music making and language for life. This is strongly linked to better speech/language development.


Benefits for Toddler

Participating in group music activities with your toddler gives him an opportunity to:

-          Develop higher level musical aptitude

-          Develop higher level cognitive skills

-          Improve her spatial intelligence

-          Develop self-management through songs, movement and finger play.

-          Develop a singing voice

-          Develop listening skills

-          Express himself through a medium other than speech

-          Develop good motor (gross & fine) control and coordination skills

-          Explore creativity

-          Increase her self-awareness

-          Develop self-expression

-          Play alongside other children


Benefits for Preschooler and Beyond

Participating in group music classes will provide your preschooler a fun and rich environment to develop:

-          Higher musical aptitude

-          Higher cognitive skills

-          Listening skills

-          Better language skills

-          Greater self-regulation skills and self-control

-          Self-awareness or inner voice

-          Stronger social skills (specifically social cooperation, social interaction, and social independence)

-          Spatial-temporal reasoning skills (the ability to mentally move objects in space and time to solve multi-step problems)

-          Empathy through multicultural exposure

Also improves:

-          Gross motor skills (such as jumping and dynamic balance)

-          Small motor skills, through finger play and instrument exploration

-          Creativity

-          Imagination

Check Us Out

Recreational Music Center (RMC) is located in San Diego's flagship destination for cultural arts - Arts District at Liberty Station. Parking is available on Truxtun Road or in the adjacent lot in front of the Von's shopping center. We offer lessons for ALL instruments including Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Vocals. For more information about lessons and classes please call or email us today: 619-225-9597.

We also offer Early Childhood classes for ages 0-4. To enroll in one of our Early Childhood classes please call or email us today619-225-9597

 

RMC was founded in 2009 by David and Leslie Gereghty

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