Family Bilingual Music - Mixed ages
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Explore the benefits for my child
Alabanza Music classes are intended to nurture children's natural musical ability and awaken a lifelong love of music via our international Musikgarten curriculum.
This mixed-age bilingual musical setting encourages learning through observation, reinforcement, sharing, similar to the Montessori approach. Younger children learn by watching older children who, by example, show what's possible to the younger ones. Social and leadership skills emerge and the adults are the role models to all.
Classroom music and movement activities have been proven to strengthen language development, attention span and aural awareness. Developing the musical ear strengthens listening skills, aural discrimination and helps children to be more critical listeners and speak clearly and the benefits of bilingualism surface early in infancy.
Helping young children learn how to manoevre their bodies through guided movement, balanced with calm, focused and quiet moments, can improve their impulse control.
In a nurturing and structured musical environment, children start to become aware of social norms for behaviour but the youngest are not expected to conform just yet!
As such, educating parents in understanding age-appropriate expectations for each stage, is crucial and sets the stage for success so children are not forced but gently guided as the adults become child-like engaging their tots, setting the example for them to follow.
Our Todos Together class is very similar to our Playful Piccolos & Active Allegros Classes
with adaptations provided for parents with babies
What activities are done in a Mixed-age Music class?
When mixed ages come together, it's so much fun!
The repertoire is based on nursery rhymes – offering today’s children moral values, communication, movement, interaction, repetition and an appreciation for diverse cultural customs.
We've made it bilingual by including traditional children's songs (canciones infantiles) and parallel activities in Spanish!
We'll be doing finger plays, wiggling and tickling activities, body awareness songs
Dancing with scarves and hiding games are also part of the fun!
You'll also be engaged in rocking and bouncing activities, circle songs.
Listening excerpts, tonal and rhythmic patterns help shape listening skills and acquaint the child with the nuances of music
Movement is a big part of this class to allow children to feel the beat of music and learn about spatial awareness
while enhancing their gross motor skills and coordination with instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, occasional use of drums.
Hey Parents! It is normal for children to wander during this class, and adults are not to worry... they are still listening while in the environment and taking everything in!
Keep the learning going at home
We encourage and support continued musical play and learning at home with families.
We'll provide you with important information on early years (musical) development on a regular basis via our newsletters and access to our e-learing page.
You'll also have ready resources at your fingertips including high quality digital recordings with fine children’s choirs, adult voices and outstanding instrumentalists and your parent guide-songbook along with rhythm sticks, jingles, colorful scarf, giving you all many opportunities for enjoyment.
Here's what parents/caregivers say about us…
"So we came and we were not disappointed. She learned things musically and socially; ... waiting her turn, doing what is asked, following instructions. Although it's still challenging to get her to do those things at home, modelling the behaviour from ideas in class has been helpful.
In terms of her musicianship, she loves the sticks, she has a nice sense of rhythm going, she loves music.. she's becoming more musically inclined. She sings around the house; she sings questions and conversations and puts everything into music"
Mom of Thalia
Started at age 3
"After class I realize that afterwards she would say and do everything and it stays... what she does here (in class), she remembers.
She would take the pens and play them together like the sticks and she gives me a beat.
She enjoys it and I am satisfied because I realize that she is learning beats and rhythm and you know that is something people take for granted like you're not always on time, but I'll be very happy if she could develop that skill of getting the steady beat."
Mom of Aurelia
started at age 2
Class Tuition Fee
Per 8 sessions in Semester
Song-Book & CD/Digital Recordings
For Class & Home use
*Fees may vary depending on family selections
35 min sessions
Parrandero Semester: Sept-Jan