School of Music
Pathways to Music

Pathways to Music


Fall classes start on September 16 & 20, 2014
in the gymnasium of the
Campus & Community Children's Center!


The Musical Journeys Program of the Fredonia School of Music continues its exciting new program for children and parents to discover the joys of experiencing music while singing, moving, listening, dancing, and playing. Pathways to Music is designed for children ages 6 months through 5 years old.

Each class is a combination of age-appropriate musical activities including songs, finger plays, dances, bouncing games, circle games, instrument exploration, lullabies and more. In a playful manner, children will be gaining a wide appreciation of music while developing language, motor, creative and social skills.

The weekly classes are for one child and one accompanying parent or guardian. Three classes will be offered this fall. Pioneers (ages 6 to 24 months) will meet on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.; Explorers (2 and 3 year-olds) will meet on Saturdays from 10:00 to 10:45 am; and Adventurers (4 and 5 year olds) will meet on 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 on Tuesday, September 16 and Saturday, September 20, all classes will be held in the gymnasium of the Campus & Community Children's Center.

The curriculum used for Pathways to Music is a holistic approach to age-specific early childhood music education, modeled after “First Steps in Music” by Dr. John Feierabend of the University of Hartford. Faculty members for Pathways to Music have their own extensive training and experience to add to the program. Sonja Inglefield holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Music Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. She spent almost ten years teaching early childhood music on the Peabody Preparatory faculty and in the Baltimore City Schools before moving to western New York. Kay Barlow holds 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 was a recipient of the 2005 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, there is more and more research confirming the positive influence of music and movement on the healthy development of children. Even a very young child can benefit from the stimulation of a musical environment. Having a stress-free, enjoyable time in your week is healthy for parents too!”

Questions? Email or call Sonja Inglefield at or (716) 673-3599.

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