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Early Childhood Music Classes for Ages 0-5

   
   


How Enrollment Works: 

1) Search our many class options below.
2) Find the class you are interested in joining.
3) Call us at 619-225-9597 or email us info@rmcsandiego.org to reserve your spot TODAY!



Overview of Early Childhood Classes at RMC

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Designed to cultivate the joy of music making, our Early Childhood Music Program serves children from birth to age six, taking into account the developmental stages of every age group.

Our musically-rich environment is ideal for nurturing your child’s brain to foster musical comprehension, coordination and expressive sensitivity, therefore developing her musical aptitude.

Music making is one of the few activities that you can do with your child that supports and enhances all aspects of their development, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language and overall literacy development. 

For additional information, to enroll or to be added to our wait list for any of our Early Childhood classes please complete the email form at the bottom of this page or call us at 619-225-9597.

   

Benefits of Music Education

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Benefits for Infant

Benefits for Toddler

Benefits for Preschooler and Beyond

 
Benefits for Infant

Research in developmental science indicates that babies, as early as 9 months old, who participate in group music making with their parents:

-          Have more sophisticated brain responses to music

-          Develop early communication skills sooner (like pointing at objects that are out of reach, or waving goodbye)

-          Smile more

-          Easier to soothe

-          Show less distress when things are unfamiliar or don’t go their way.

Interactive music making with a caregiver increases an infant’s sensitivity to pitch structure and musical tones, promotes his ability to detect patterns in sounds, and activates the areas of her brain linked to music making and language for life. This is strongly linked to better speech/language development.


Benefits for Toddler

Participating in group music activities with your toddler gives him an opportunity to:

-          Develop higher level musical aptitude

-          Develop higher level cognitive skills

-          Improve her spatial intelligence

-          Develop self-management through songs, movement and finger play.

-          Develop a singing voice

-          Develop listening skills

-          Express himself through a medium other than speech

-          Develop good motor (gross & fine) control and coordination skills

-          Explore creativity

-          Increase her self-awareness

-          Develop self-expression

-          Play alongside other children


Benefits for Preschooler and Beyond

Participating in group music classes will provide your preschooler a fun and rich environment to develop:

-          Higher musical aptitude

-          Higher cognitive skills

-          Listening skills

-          Better language skills

-          Greater self-regulation skills and self-control

-          Self-awareness or inner voice

-          Stronger social skills (specifically social cooperation, social interaction, and social independence)

-          Spatial-temporal reasoning skills (the ability to mentally move objects in space and time to solve multi-step problems)

-          Empathy through multicultural exposure

Also improves:

-          Gross motor skills (such as jumping and dynamic balance)

-          Small motor skills, through finger play and instrument exploration

-          Creativity

-          Imagination

   

Tuition and Studio Policies for EC Classes

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Early Childhood Program - Classroom Policies

Please minimize your side conversations and cell phone use to help all of the students get the most out of class. Students often lose focus when parents are not engaged, and side conversations can be distracting to everyone. We all want our students and their parents to have the best experience possible! We appreciate your cooperation.

1.    Welcome! We look forward to providing an outstanding experience for every participant. Our classes are carefully designed to stimulate specific age ranges and developmental levels, which is why we cannot permit siblings of a different age group to participate in or register for the class.

·         Siblings are welcome to attend class with you while you engage them in quiet activities in the waiting area.

·         Non-mobile infant siblings may be held or worn in soft carriers during class while you assist your older child.

·         If your infant is in a car seat carrier, please place the carrier at the edge of the mat to prevent tripping hazards during dancing and movement activities.

2.    Please stay in the classroom with your child at all times.  If you need to leave briefly, please ask another parent to look after your child during your absence (as your teacher will be occupied teaching the class).

3.    The best experience comes from parents and children who are joyfully engaged in the class. Nearly every child will occasionally fuss, cry or even throw a tantrum during class… and guess what? IT’S OKAY!  If a quick redirect isn’t working, it’s helpful to the child (as well as to their classmates and the teacher) if you remove them for a calming walk around the hallway or a trip to the drinking fountain. 

4.    We don’t recommend arriving more than five minutes early for classes.  Our teachers really appreciate having some uninterrupted time to set up! Additionally, children will behave better for you (and for our teachers) if they’re able to jump right in to the task instead of being asked to wait, wait, wait (so hard!).  If you are more than five minutes early, we suggest getting your child’s wiggles out in the hallway or surrounding grassy areas.

5.    Please, NO SHOES are allowed on the mat.

6.    To keep your classroom clean and safe from allergens, NO FOOD OR DRINKS (other than water) are allowed in the studios. Snacks may be consumed outside in the hallway.

A few reminders on parent participation…

Babies, Tots and Toddlers classes are parent participation classes. This means we encourage you to have fun and engage with your child by singing, dancing, and helping them play instruments. Preschooler classes begin to focus on general classroom skills, and therefore we encourage you to observe quietly from the side. Please jump in and assist if your child needs help focusing.


Early Childhood Program - Financial Policies

All correspondence should be made by phone (619) 225-9597 Or by emailing earlychildhood@rmcsandiego.org


1.   Walk-ins are not available. Every student must be pre-registered at least 24 hours prior to the class start time.

2.   Participants are charged a flat rate monthly fee and classes are paid for in advance. Payments are non-refundable. We only issue refunds if we cancel the class and do not offer a make-up opportunity.

3.   You may withdraw by emailing earlychildhood@rmcsandiego.org or by calling (619) 225-9597 at least 5 business days before your next auto payment is charged to your credit card. Students who stop attending without notifying us will continue to accrue monthly charges until you call or email us that you wish to withdraw. Your teacher cannot cancel your enrollment.

4.   Sick students should remain home to avoid spreading illness to other students and staff. Children must be without a fever or vomiting for 24 hours to attend class. We reserve the right to ask parents to take visibly sick students home (this includes green or yellow mucus, productive coughs, and fever).

5.   Students may attend a make-up class due to illness if there is space available in another class during the week that they are absent. Please email earlychildhood@rmcsandiego.org to inquire about availability. While every effort is made to find a make up opportunity, classes do fill up and make ups are not guaranteed.

6.   Please let us know if your regularly scheduled class is difficult for you to attend so that we can move your child to a more suitable class time. Missed classes do not “roll over” in the form of tuition credit towards the next month. We do not issue refunds for missed classes.




Developmentally-Appropriate Age Music Classes

  

Infants (newborn-confident walkers)

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In our infant classes you will interact with you child through singing, nursery rhymes, tickle/touch activities, lap bounces, dancing, scarf play and percussion instrument exploration. Our classes are designed to enhance your bond with baby, as you actively explore the joy of music making while your child observes and engages with you.

There are two categories for infant music classes: 

1.      Lap Babies- from newborn to crawling

2.      Lil Movers- from crawling to confidently walking


Class Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $40 PER MONTH paid via AutoPay
Day/Time: Thursdays 2:15pm / Fridays 9:15am (call for other class days/times)

For a complete weekly schedule and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597 

   

Toddlers (confident walkers -runners)

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The toddler classes are designed to begin to develop your child’s musicality, as we sing songs, speak rhymes, clap, tap, wiggle, dance, and participate in finger play, imaginary play, and instrument exploration. Adult-participation is required in this classes.

Toddlers are separated into two age groups:

1.      Tots – Confident walkers to confident runners (approximately 14-24 months)

2.      Toddlers – Confident runners (approximately 24-36 months)         

At the Tots level your child is developmentally in a receptive phase, learning music through watching, listening and feeling. These classes will feel gentler than at the toddler level. She will need you to play with her in class following the teachers lead because she will be learning a lot by imitating you.

At the Toddler level your two year old is entering a more expressive phase. Our toddler music classes provide you with a wonderful opportunity to support your toddler’s growing independence, as you participate in music play alongside him/her. We encourage you to engage in learning the songs in class and repeating them at home. Takes some of the fun home. You toddler loves and learns through repetition.


Class Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $40 PER MONTH paid via AutoPay
Days/Times: 
- TOTS: Mondays, Tuesdays 9:15am / Thursdays 10:15am, 11:15am / Saturdays 10:45am
- TODDLERS: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays 10:15am / Saturdays 8:45am, 9:45am


For a complete weekly schedule and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597. 

   

Musical Friends (ages 3 and 4 as of September 1st)

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The Musical Friends and Musical Explorers classes are designed to lay the foundation for music literacy later in life, using concepts from the Feierabend approach to early childhood music. John Feierabend states that children need to be prepared to be musical in three ways.

1.      Tuneful – by teaching and encouraging children to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.

2.      Beatful – by leading children to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either 2s or 3s.

3.      Artful – by encouraging children to respond to music in an emotional way.


Musical Friends
During each Musical Friends class, your child will get to do a series of singing, movement and beat activities, as well as, games aimed at developing her musicality in developmentally appropriate ways. She will have the opportunity to engage with music from different genre’s and cultures. Our Musical friends classes give your 3-5 year old the opportunity to spend time in joyful music play and exploration with his peers. You will have the joy of watching her grow tuneful, beatful, and artful from the side.

Musical Friends Categories:

1.      Musical Friends           3 and 4 year olds             45 minutes

(Your child may enroll in a Musical friend’s class which corresponds with her age on 1st September. If he/she is 3 years old as of September 1st, she will be able to join Musical Friends, The complexity of the activities, and repertoire will increase as children move through the program. 

Class Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $50 PER MONTH paid via AutoPay
Days/Times: Tuesdays 3:15pm and 4:15pm / Fridays 11:15am


For a complete weekly schedule and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597.

   

Musical Explorers (ages 5 and 6 as of September 1st)

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The Musical Friends and Musical Explorers classes are designed to lay the foundation for music literacy later in life, using concepts from the Feierabend approach to early childhood music. John Feierabend states that children need to be prepared to be musical in three ways.

1.      Tuneful – by teaching and encouraging children to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.

2.      Beatful – by leading children to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either 2s or 3s.

3.      Artful – by encouraging children to respond to music in an emotional way.


Musical Explorers
Our Musical Explorer classes, give your 5-7 year old, the opportunity to spend time in joyful music play and exploration of various instruments with his peers, as his musicality develops tunefully, beatfully and artfully. Musical Explorer’s classes have an extra 15 minute instrument exploration component. This may include hands-on experience with tuned percussion instruments, keyboard, ukulele or drums, and exposure to various instruments from around the world.

5 and 6 year olds             60 minutes

(Your child may enroll in Musical Explorers if she is at least 5 years old on 1st September. The themes and layout of these classes will be similar to Musical Friends, with the exception of instrument exploration.)


Duration:
 60 minutes
Cost: $80 PER MONTH. Paid via AutoPay


For a complete weekly schedule see below and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597.

   

Family Music (Sibling Class for ages 0-5)

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Musical Families classes are mixed age (0-5 years) classes that will develop your childrens’ rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic vocabulary in age appropriate ways as they engage with interactive songs, rhymes, movement and instrument play. Having mixed ages in the class encourages an organically family style of learning, as children interact with their siblings and caregivers while having fun exploring music.

Class Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $40 per child, PER MONTH paid via AutoPay
Days/Times: Mondays 11:15am / Tuesdays 11:15am / Thursdays 4:15pm

For a complete weekly schedule and to enroll in one of these classes please call us at: 619-225-9597.



How Enrollment Works: 

1) Search our many class options below.
2) Find a class you are interested in joining?
3) Call us at 619-225-9597 or email us info@rmcsandiego.org to get reserve your spot TODAY!



   

Early Childhood Program Questions

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Recreational Music Center (RMC) is located in San Diego's flagship destination for cultural arts - Arts District at Liberty Station. Parking is available on Truxtun Road or in the adjacent lot in front of the Von's shopping center. We offer lessons for ALL instruments including Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Vocals. For more information about lessons and classes please call or email us today: 619-225-9597.

We also offer Early Childhood classes for ages 0-4. To enroll in one of our Early Childhood classes please call or email us today619-225-9597

 

RMC was founded in 2009 by David and Leslie Gereghty

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