Fall classes start on September 15 & 19, 2015
The Musical Journeys Program of the Fredonia School of Music is proud to announce that online registration is now available for Pathways to Music – classes for children ages 6 months through 5 years old. Now in its fifth year, Pathways to Music offers an exciting opportunity for children and parents to discover the joy of music while singing, moving, listening, dancing and playing.
Designed to be developmentally age-appropriate, each class is for one child and one accompanying parent or guardian. Pathways to Music combines songs, finger plays, dances, bouncing and circle games, vocal and instrument exploration, lullabies and more. What feels like a weekly play group also encourages the development of language, motor, creative and social skills in young children.
Three classes will be offered this fall: Pioneers (ages 6 to 24 months) will meet Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.; Explorers (2 and 3 year-olds) will meet Saturdays from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.; and Adventurers (4 and 5 year olds) will meet Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. Total cost for the 10 week course is $95 for Pioneers and $125 for Explorers and Adventurers. Beginning September 15th and 19th, all classes will be held in the gymnasium of the Campus and Community Children's Center.
Modeled after "First Steps in Music" by Dr. John Feierabend of the University of Hartford, the curriculum used for Pathways to Music is a holistic approach to age-specific early childhood music education. Faculty members for Pathways to Music have extensive training and experience. Sonja Inglefield earned a Masters degree in Early Childhood Music Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She spent almost ten years teaching early childhood music for the Peabody Preparatory and in the Baltimore City Schools before moving to western New York. Kay Barlow has Level 1 Certification from the Center for Music and Young Children and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, in addition to Masters of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees. She has been a recipient of the Chautauqua County Early Childhood Award for Excellence in teaching.
"In Pathways to Music, children are encouraged to explore creative expression," says Ms. Inglefield. "Every year, more research confirms the positive influence of music and movement on the healthy development of children." Here is what parents are saying:
"…a fun way to expose my child to music, beginning at a very young age!"
"…the quality parent-child time is something special I look forward to every week."
"…the songs are a regular part of our days."
"…we look forward to the start of each new semester!"
"…helps put kids well on their way to music appreciation."
Questions? Call or email Sonja Inglefield at (716) 673-3599 or Sonja.Inglefield@fredonia.edu.