Our early childhood music classes are based on the Dalcroze principle of experience before symbol. Movement in response to music and development of discerning listening skills are the basis for musical understanding, and are a necessary component of musicianship. Classes, which are led by Rachel Buchman and her graduate student assistants, meet on a weekly basis. Class size is limited to ten children per class, and children are enrolled only when the full tuition has been paid. Registration for these classes is a commitment for the whole academic year, and priority is given to returning students.
Young Children's Division classes are energetic, educational and joyful, for music-loving children ages 2-9. Classes created by Rachel Buchman are based on the eurhythmics principles and teaching philosophy of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. Miss Rachel and her team of trained Brown Fellow Graduate Students, bring the world of music alive through age-appropriate singing and ear-training, eurhythmics and creative movement, percussion and piano improvisation, learning about instrument families, listening to and learning about orchestral music, and notation. In a creative, relaxed environment, children explore fundamentals such as dynamics, tempo, pitch, rhythm, phrasing, and form, while expressing their own musical feelings and ideas through singing, playing and moving. The classes integrate theatre and visual art elements, as well. These classes are highly recommended for children taking instrumental lessons, as well as those who might do so.