Young Child Learns Music - Portland Conservatory of Music

Introducing PCM’s new program for Early Childhood Development!

Our new program is for children, ages one to five years old, with adult guardian participation. The program provides children with activities that develop rhythmic and singing skills and instills in them a sensitivity to the expressive qualities of music.

Fall 2021 Class Schedule

Session I [cancelled]
Saturdays | 6 sessions: Sept. 25-Oct. 30
9/25; 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

Session II
Saturdays | 6 sessions: Nov. 6-Dec. 18
11/6, 11/13, 11/20; 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

Age Group Length Tuition
Toddlers (1-3 year olds)
Maximum of 6 children each
accompanied by one guardian
30 minutes
10:00-10:30 am
$90 per 6 week session
$20 singer’s mask fee
Total: $110
Pre-K & K (3-5 year olds)
Maximum of 6 children each
with one guardian per meeting
45 minutes
10:45-11:30 am
$115 per 6 week session
$20 singer’s mask fee
Total: $135

Mask Requirements

Both participating children and accompanying Adult Guardians will need to wear a mask.

We strongly recommend that the children wear an adult mask to allow ample room for singing.

About PCM’s Early Childhood Music Program

Teaching Philosophy

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.

Early Childhood Instruments

Value of Early Childhood Music Education

Exposing children to music early on ignites all areas of child development, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, literacy. At the same time, it instills in them a strong sense of rhythm, pitch, and expressivity. Early childhood music programs contribute to a stronger bond between parent and child as they share these 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.


April Masse, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music

The Early Childhood Music program is under the direction of Miriam Schwanauer who teaches piano and is a College Prep Program instructor.

More Information

For registration and other information regarding the Early Childhood Music program, please call (207) 775-3356 or email us.