4 through 5-years-old (without parent)
Move, create, explore and learn music through this high-energy, exciting and fun class!!
Musical Gateway is a movement-based music curriculum introducing concepts like rhythm, melody, and harmony in a social and imaginative way. Students embody music joyfully through creative games, improvisation, and expression.
Musical subjects are explored and taught at an age-appropriate level, depending on the age and past experience of each class cohort.
This curriculum is inspired by Dalcroze Eurhythmics and is part of a musicianship sequence that leads directly to the Rhythmic-Solfège curriculum Levels I-V (a leveled sequential program that specifically teaches children to become music literate and prepares them for Advanced Placement Level coursework that can be taken for college credit).
Musical Gateway is focused not only on creating vivid musical foundations but also supports children’s emotional, intellectual, and physical development. These classes truly allow students to experience music joyfully from the inside out!
This class is offered in partnership with Integral Steps using their Music in Motion curriculum.
For returning students: Please know that we cycle through Year A, B, and C of the Music Makers & Musical Gateway sequence. Children who join the program at age 4 and continue in either of these classes for three years will learn new songs and repertoire within each year (with different fun Activity Sheets to take home).
* You will receive thoughtful and fun Activity Sheets that support at-home reviewing. They give students a creative written activity to take home with singing and movement suggestions, and allow parents/caregivers to track and understand students’ learning and progress.
* Please note that students are required to bring their own water bottles and a binder for their Activity Sheets.
What will my child be learning?
Students work on developing both gross and fine motor movement skills, spatial awareness, and social and ensemble skills. They will apply them to musical concepts and play percussion instruments such as shakers, hand drums, bells, and xylophones. The course also allows students to practice emotional self-regulation, all with the support of their teacher in a warm classroom environment.
Our program develops the student’s ear and knowledge of a wide variety of musical styles, instrumentation, and genres. Throughout the year, we create joyful opportunities for students to share their knowledge through class performances for parents/caregivers.
Classes are formed of cohorts of similar-age students, and the musical subjects are explored at an appropriate developmental level to support deep learning for each student.
Ready to explore instrumental study? Learn about Musical Gateways Plus.