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Early Childhood

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IN-PERSON MUSIC CLASSES FOR BABIES & TODDLERS

Merit School of Music’s learning environment is playful, developmentally stimulating, and musically rich.

Our Early Childhood specialists incorporate song, chant, movement exercises, and instrument play to develop a child’s imagination, musical awareness, and expressiveness. Your child will have a blast learning the essential musical building blocks and taking their first steps on a lifetime journey of musical appreciation.

Merit’s Musical Storytimes are great examples of the engaging, pedagogically-rich programming you can expect from our Early Childhood classes.

Why EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC CLASSES?

IMPROVED PERCEPTUAL SKILLS

+ Language and literacy aptitudes
+ Spatial reasoning
+ Fine motor coordination
+ Planning, prediction, and understanding of syntax

BENEFITS IN SCHOOL

+ Music students show better memory, vocabulary, and reading levels over the course of a year
+ Musical children are more likely to pursue higher education

STRONGER SENSE OF SELF

+ Enhanced communication and interpersonal skills
+ Added motivation/ambition
+ Greater self-regulation, discipline, and focus

BONUS!

Your registration supports an AWESOME mission to provide Chicago youth with equal access to music education.

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“Class has definitely helped my child’s gross motor skills. She was pretty quiet before and now she’s running and dancing all over the place. It’s something she looks forward to every week.”

-Merit Early Childhood Parent

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What could be better than making music and learning together as a family? In this mixed-age class, siblings can enjoy music together along with their grown-ups. Musical activities are designed to engage students across multiple ages which provides children the opportunity to interact with and learn from each other.

Learn songs and activities that can be continued at home and build your repertoire of traditional and multicultural tunes that are soon to become family favorites.

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Jugamos juntos (let’s play together!) in this new, mixed-age Spanish bilingual music class that takes you into the musical world of Spanish-speaking countries. Join the musical journey as we explore Spanish folk music, culture, and language.

Learn songs and activities that can be continued at home and build your repertoire of traditional and multicultural tunes that are soon to become family favorites.

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Prepare to be amazed at what your young musician can do! In Music Masters I, students will learn the components of timbre, rhythm, pitch, beat, and style. In this imaginative class, your child will explore the building blocks of music, experiment with percussion instruments, and play and sing along to music from world cultures.

Children and their parents/caregivers learn together in class, and teachers will share additional ways to keep the music going outside of the classroom.

Music Masters 1 can be taken as a stand-alone class or as part of the Suzuki-Alegre Strings Program.

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Intro to Music Masters II is designed as a prerequisite class to prepare young students for instrument study. Students learn the basics of music theory, note reading, and music composition through playing the glockenspiel and exploring musical games and stories. Your class tuition includes the cost of a high-quality glockenspiel that is yours to keep!

Throughout the year, students explore the instrument families, learn to read music notation, compose, sing with Curwen hand signs, and complete short weekly homework assignments to reinforce learning. This class can be taken as a continuation of Music Masters I (for students 3-5 years old), as part of the Suzuki-Alegre Strings program, or as a stand-alone class.

Students who take Intro to Music Masters II during Merit’s fall semester can continue to master basic music concepts, expand their repertoire of songs on the glockenspiel, and start building healthy practice habits this winter with Continuing Music Masters II.

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Ukuleles are taking the world by storm! See how this versatile instrument can make at-home music time even more fun. In this adult-child class, grown-ups learn to play the ukulele while the whole classroom community engages with songs, singing games and dances, musical books, and instrument exploration.

This class is designed for activities to continue at home to extend learning and family time through music. Your class tuition includes the cost of a high-quality, concert-sized ukulele that is yours to keep!

Start jamming at Merit this fall with the ukulele class that’s right for you:

BEGINNING BEATS: For students new to the ukulele
ROCKING ON!: For students graduating out of the Beginning Beats class

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FIND THE RIGHT MUSIC CLASS FOR YOUR CHILD

FALL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: You can still start making music with Merit after the current Early Childhood session has begun! Contact Ms. Sally to join one of our classes with open spots and to get set up with prorated tuition for the classes you missed.