Musical Preludes for 3 - 6 year olds

Musical Preludes is a program based on the fundamentals of Kodaly, Orff, and other music educational approaches. It is designed to introduce your young child to the wonderful world of music, where they learn basic musical concepts and explore various instruments such as the violin, cello, clarinet, piano and more.


Musical Preludes classes are drop-off classes, with the teacher and students only. Parents or caregivers are welcome to wait in our waiting area on the main floor. Each session has one parent observation day where parents or caregivers come to class to observe what the children have been learning; they are also invited to join the last class of each session. We limit the number of students to a max of 10 children per class. 


We have 3 different levels of Musical Preludes:


MUSICAL PRELUDES INTRO for 3-4 year olds:  

In our Introduction to Musical Preludes, students are introduced to the basic elements of music, including starting and stopping together, fast and slow, high and low, and rhythm & pitch. These elements are explored in various ways: singing and circle games, movement, the use of simple instruments such as rhythms sticks & bells, as well as live demonstrations of various musical instruments.  The focus of this class is a general introduction to music & musical instruments. 


MUSICAL PRELUDES JUNIOR for 4-5 year olds:  

Our Musical Preludes Junior course builds on the concepts learned in the Musical Preludes Intro class (not a prerequisite) - musical terms are used to describe elements such as soft & loud, short & long, and more advanced elements of music such as crescendos & decrescendos are explored.  A new element to the Musical Preludes Junior class is the addition of rhythmic notation: students start to learn how to read & write rhythms using basic musical notation, a fundamental aspect to learning any musical instrument.


MUSICAL PRELUDES SENIOR for 5-6 year olds:  

The most advanced level of the Musical Preludes series, this class will further expand on the concepts covered in the Junior Level (not a prerequisite) to fully prepare students for private music lessons.  Rhythmic notation will be expanded further to include the musical staff, notes of the musical alphabet, and organizing notes into specific rhythms from songs learned.  Group play will include the glockenspiel which encourages individual practice & skill.  Instrument demonstrations will be focused to allow your child to be drawn to the instrument of their choice using specific coaching from our teachers to decipher natural ability and temperament toward private lessons. 


16 WEEK WINTER SESSION:  

February 3rd - June 16th, 2018

Saturdays 10:00-10:45am: Musical Preludes Intro 

Saturdays 11:00-11:45am: Musical Preludes Junior

Saturdays 12:15-1:00pm: Musical Preludes Senior


COST: $295 per 16 week session

TEACHER: Sonya Harper Nyby


Our Winter Session reinforces concepts learned in the Fall Session with a different set of songs, rhymes and musical games, providing a strong foundation of music. Students in our Fall Session are encouraged to continue on for the year.

New students are welcome to join the Winter Session (having taken the Fall Session is not a prerequisite). Registration for new students opens on November 27th.