Class Descriptions

Our JAM program can modified to meet the specific needs of your school or community.
Please inquire about special pricing, scheduling, and accommodations we offer.

Babies (Prenatal, Newborns – 18 Months)

Family Music and Movement

This weekly, 40-minute class allows for musical play between parent and baby, teaching parents skills and strategies for developing and enhancing the infant’s musical mind.  Activities stimulate your baby’s innate curiosity about music, developing essential listening skills and instilling a strong sense of beat- skills necessary to establish a foundation for future learning, singing, and musical thought.  Classes incorporate bouncing and rocking songs, nursery rhyme chants and dances, gross motor movement, and developmentally appropriate parent-infant games.  All activities are light-hearted, fun, and purposeful- all with a focus on developing primary music skills and enhancing the parent-infant bond. All sessions aim to instruct parents to continue musical enjoyment at home.  Further, classes focus on sensory development and social skills, providing an unique opportunity for parents and babies to play and connect musically with their community.  

Required materials include:  CD recording of song literature used in class, parent guide book, and set of infant instruments.

Walking Toddlers (Up to Age 3)

Family Music and Movement

This weekly, 40-minute class picks up where Family Music and Movement for Babies leaves off, continuing to develop the growing child’s musical mind through developmentally appropriate and movement focused activities.  Classes continue to incorporate bouncing and rocking songs, nursery rhyme chants and dances, focused listening, gross motor movement, and developmentally appropriate parent-child games.  There is an increased focus on developing child knowledge of tonal and rhythm patterns and greater opportunity for creative movement and instrument play.  Sensory and social skill development continues as a priority, as children and parents are provided unique opportunities to interact musically in a fun, purposeful way.

Required materials include:  CD recording of song literature used in class, parent guide book, and set of infant instruments (if not already purchased in Babies).

Preschoolers (Up to Age 4)

Music and Movement

This weekly, 40-minute class fosters the natural sense of musical wonder in a developing preschooler, with an emphasis on language and social skill development.  Students develop basic music competencies through active, developmentally appropriate activities that include: singing, dancing, listening, pitch matching and tonal pattern echoing, playing of simple instruments, experimentation with sound, and repetition of increasingly complex rhythm patterns.  Children develop vital social skills such as cooperation, collaboration with peers, presentation of knowledge, and sharing materials appropriately while further developing essential school readiness skills, such as focused listening and language development. The activities in this course also enhance the developing preschooler’s proprioceptive and vestibular senses.

Required materials include: CD recording of song literature used in class, parent guide book, and a simple instrument.

Early Primary (PreK 4, Kindergarten)

Cycle of Seasons

This weekly, 45-minute class celebrates the early primary child’s growing independence and love of the outdoors with developmentally appropriate activities involving the four seasons.  Developed to build attention and self-expression through the arts, activities include singing, chanting, poetic movement, dancing, focused listening, imaginative musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement, and storytelling.  The Cycle of Seasons curriculum nurtures the growing primary student’s ability to use more complex language and participate in dramatic play within a musical context, while building developmentally appropriate music competencies such as steady beat, tonal and rhythm patterns, and musical form. Additionally, the activities further strengthen sensory development, particularly the increasingly vital proprioceptive and vestibular senses.   

Required materials include: 2 CD recordings of music literature, a parent guide book, and illustrated vocabulary cards.

Primary (Grades 1-3)

Music Makers I

This weekly, 60-minute class cultivates the child’s musical development through songs, tonal and rhythm patterns, poetry and stories, creative and structured movement activities, listening games with a focus on ear training, instrument play, and guided listening activities.  Developmentally appropriate music competencies such as pitch matching, beat competency, ensemble development, and music notation are introduced and expanded upon using themes taken from the child’s home environment and natural surroundings.  This developmentally sound approach to music literacy builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self-expression to establish a solid music-making foundation.

Required materials include: CD recording of music literature, poster with corresponding game pieces, and a parent guidebook.  New students must also purchase a glockenspiel.

Elementary (Grades 1-3)

Music Makers II

In this section of Music Makers, students will explore the music of the British Isles, Germany, and our own Amerindian and African-American music heritage, while continuing to build a solid foundation of music literacy and develop creative music expression.  Students will learn songs, dances, stories, rituals, and customs of these cultures to foster a deeper understanding of music traditions around the world.  This weekly, 60-minute class is a sequential program to prepare children for future instrumental instruction.  The class includes singing, creative and structured movement, playing instruments, ensemble work, ear training, notation, and guided listening.  

Required materials include: CD recording of music literature, song pages, and notation games.

Multi-age (PK4- Elementary)

All Together Now

This weekly, 45-minute class cultivates the child’s musical development through singing folk songs, structured poetic movement, focused listening, tonal and rhythm patterns, manipulative games, instrument play, and introduction to a wide repertoire of Classical music.  This class focuses on building students’ musical competencies while providing them tools for creative musical expression.  Due to the multi-age nature of the class, there is a focus on collaboration, concentration, and development of creative and structured movement.  

Required materials include: CD recording of music literature, parent guide book, and set of manipulative simple instruments.

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