About PCM’s Early Childhood Music Program
Music is a central element in what makes us human, and children respond naturally to it: they make up their own songs and tunes and they respond immediately to sung instruction.
Their bodies almost automatically respond to rhythmic patterns with dancing, marching, waving, clapping, etc., in short, children have an intrinsic sense of musicality.
Recognizing that children come to the program with a variety of musical backgrounds, the goal of the program is to work to develop that which is innate, with age-appropriate musical activities.
Music operates on many levels. Not only a means of creative expression, it serves as a way to enhance physical coordination and mental abilities, and as a vehicle for instruction and communication. And it is fun!
Rhythm, melodic phrasing, memory, and listening are important for each of the groups during each session. Continuity between age-appropriate activities, and a sense of momentum (from rhythm, to song, to dance) keeps each group on their toes and participating. Each group may work toward a performance at the end of the session.
Value of Early Childhood Music Education
Giving young children the opportunity to engage with music enhances all areas of their development, including cognitive, social-emotional, motor, language, and literacy. This exposure to music early on also instills in them a strong sense of rhythm and timing, of range of pitch, and of dynamic expressivity and timbre. Early childhood music programs can contribute to a stronger bond between parent and child as they share their musical experiences together.
Adult Guardian Involvement
Teacher and adult guardians work together to make music, movement, rhythm and rhyme a regular part of the children’s lives. Adult guardians will learn the activities during class time, so they can share them at home.
1-3 year olds
Adult guardian sits with the child during the class
3-5 year olds
Adult guardian observes the class. Guardians sign up for which meeting they would be available to bring individually-packaged snacks and juice to the class.
The Early Childhood Music program is under the direction of Miriam Schwanauer who teaches piano and is a College Prep Program instructor.
For registration and other information regarding the Early Childhood Music program, please call (207) 775-3356 or email us.