Musical Preludes is a course 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. The course has a parent observation day where parents or caregivers come to class to observe what the children have been learning. We limit the number of students to a max of 8 children per class.
The ultimate goal is for our students to experience the joy of music.
We are currently offering 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.
Our Musical Preludes teacher is the wonderful Sonya Harper Nyby!
There are 2 sessions of Musical Preludes per year:
Session 1: Sept. 17, 2022 - January 21, 2023
Session 2: February 4, 2023 - June 17, 2023
MP Intro: Saturdays 9:00 - 9:45am
MP Junior: Saturdays 10:00 -10:45am
MP Senior: Saturdays 11:00 -11:45am
COST: $352 per session
*While Session 2 builds on the learning in Session 1, participation in Session 1 is not a pre-requisite for Session 2
Call 416-537-5995 and our administrator will be happy to register you over the phone!