Although most three and four year olds thrive in a mixed age environment, we do have another option for your family. (Discuss your child’s readiness for this class with the school directors.) In this family-style class, which still looks very much like a mixed-age class, you and your child may experience additional musical activities such as rhythm improvisation, independent singing, dance improvisation, and dramatic play. Teachers work with individual skill levels and interest. Younger siblings are welcome to attend the 3s/4s class with their older brothers and sisters.
How is a 3s/4s class different from a mixed age class? This class is similar in structure to a mixed-age class. However, in this family-style class the teacher may extend musical activities to include exploration in rhythm improvisation, independent singing, dance improvisation, and dramatic play. The Music Together® approach has been integrated with great success into the preschool setting and we utilize our experience in that realm to inform our work in the parent/child threes and fours classroom.
Do I attend the 3s/4s class with my child? Yes. Remember that you are the most important model and teacher for your child especially during this crucial stage of primary music development. Your participation and enjoyment is essential to his musical growth. The most important things you can model for your child are simply pleasure, interest, and the desire to participate in music activities!
Can my younger child attend the 3s/4s class as well? Yes, younger siblings are welcome to attend the 3s/4s class with their older brothers and sisters.