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What types of musical activities are involved in a class?
During Wee Music Studio Side by Side Classes, we will participate in many different activities which could include any of the following: speaking, singing, wiggles, tickles, bounces, tapping, clapping, simple circle songs, nursery rhymes, poems, lullabies, books, puppets, and moving in different ways to music with other children close to their age!
Where are the classes located?
Classes are held in Miami County, Ohio. (Please see group class information for specific details.)
Do I need to attend the classes with my child?
Yes, there needs to be an adult accompanying the child to each class. But don’t worry as it will be fun! This is an active music class and children need a parent/guardian present to benefit from the class. During class, parents and guardians will be exposed to activities in class, allowing them to try them at home throughout the week with their child.
What is different about your curriculum?
The curriculum is based on the research from Dr. John Feierabend and his findings about the movement and musical development of children. He is a Professor of Music Education at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. His life work has been dedicated to this subject as he continues his research, teaches, presents, and is an author of more than 70 books, DVDs, CDs and other materials. Dr. Feierabend’s curriculum is designed for newborns through their elementary school years. In his Thirty Year Plan, he believes all children should be beatful, artful, and tuneful. All children have the capability to develop these musical traits. Thirty years later, these children will be able to instill these musical foundations into the next generation. For more information, here is a link to the details of The Thirty Year Plan by Dr. John Feierabend.
I am not a singer. Should I still take this class with my child?
Yes! Research shows that any singing is better than not singing at all. Most adults have a singing voice and can match pitch but may not feel comfortable singing on their own. This is a group class and no one is singled out to sing alone, except for me (as the teacher)! Singing to your child supports bonding, eye contact and response to facial expressions, exposes them to rhythm, pitch, language and speech patterns, and new vocabulary.
When is payment due for the classes?
Parents are asked to pay the entire fee before the class starts, which allows parents the freedom to not have to keep up with the payment schedule.