Online Music For Children:
Pre-Natal – 6 years

Spring 2021 ~ We are now accepting registrations for Spring 2021 virtual Early Learning classes.

Rocking Chair Rhymes – Online
Songs and Rhymes for Expectant Parents, Parents and Caregivers

Session 1 – Why do babies need music?
Mondays at 7:30pm
Your baby’s musical journey begins with you! This interactive Zoom session for parents and caregivers will get you comfortable singing to your little one, and introduces the concepts that will support your child’s growth through the sessions and beyond.

Sessions 2 and 3
A set of two pre-recorded videos for you at home. Sing to your child with simple humming and rocking songs that can be repeated again and again.

Session 4
Mondays at 7:30pm
A time for checking-in with others in the class, sharing experiences and inspirations for going forward.

Dates: Spring 2021 start dates to be announced. Please contact the office at 605-534-2848 to reserve your spot.

Cost: $40

Music for Babies and Toddlers at Home
3 months – 3 years

This class will help parents and caregivers to support and celebrate their young children during this precious time of growth and learning.

Share an enriching musical experience online with your child, and create an environment rich with rhythm and rhyme for you and your little one at home.
 Classes incorporate songs, rhymes, and movement to sing and dance to again and again.

Sessions: Thursdays at 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Winter 2021: Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11
Cost: $80

Spring 2021: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13 – Now Accepting Registrations
Cost: $60

Zoom classes for adult and child

Sing, Move & Play! The Online Edition
3 years – 6 years

Support your child’s active music making from a distance in an interactive class via Zoom. A class devoted to developing your child’s creativity and musical thinking through rhymes, stories, songs, and movement. Watch your child grow in their understanding of beat and rhythm using simple hand percussion instruments you will make with easily-found materials at home.

Each session will playfully nurture your child’s emotional and social well-being with a balance of energizing and calming activities that allow room for a constructive and inspiring exchange of our ideas with one another.

*Parental involvement is mandatory in order to encourage your child’s focus and participation.

Sessions: Saturdays at 11am to 11:45 am
Each session will be designed with varying thematic content so that the sessions can be taken consecutively

Dates: Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 20, 27, Mar 6 (no class Family Day weekend Feb 13)
Cost: $70

Spring 2021: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15 – Now Accepting Registrations
Cost: $60

(Postponed) In-Person Music For Children:
Pre-Natal – 9 years

The following, in-person classes are currently postponed until further notice,  and we encourage you to explore our online offerings above. Please contact the Registrar at if you are interested in being placed on the waiting list.

Music for Babies and Toddlers (Postponed)
3 months – 36 months

Immerse your child in an environment rich with rhythm and rhyme – the building blocks of language.

Give your child an enriching musical experience that is designed to support and celebrate their success as they grow and learn. Classes are structured to provide a comforting routine through which new tasks and activities are introduced in a
calm learning environment.

The year-long narrative format is ideal for building self-awareness, experiencing progressive learning and developing social skills. Classes incorporate songs, rhymes and opportunities to play a variety of instruments.

Family Model

Children participate together with their parents or caregivers.

  • encourages the development of skills at every age
  • fosters sensitivity towards others
  • encourages a unique parent-child bond

Sing Move & Play!
Orff Approach (Postponed)

Learn music fundamentals and develop creativity in a fun environment through song, drama, games, stories, dance and poetry!

These fun classes:

  • stimulate creativity
  • foster an appreciation for music
  • encourage improvisation & composition
  • develop social & organizational skills
Progressive Program

Students are grouped by age in order to meet developmental needs.  Following the philosophy of “experience first, intellectualize second”, they are introduced to the fundamental concepts of music.  Concepts introduced in early classes are built upon in later classes and years.

Prepare for learning an instrument

Skills learned in Orff classes are an ideal preparation for learning an instrument, and are recommended to be taken prior to, and in conjunction with, instrument study.

What is Orff?

In this approach to learning, developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, musicianship is built through singing, playing instruments, speech and movement. Active music-making is the core of this approach, through which learners experience and then internalize musical concepts and ideas. Children who are regularly encouraged to create and develop their own ideas are uniquely prepared to solve problems in other contexts.

Orff for 3 years

Students explore speaking and singing voices and are encouraged to think creatively in response to songs, poems and stories.  They are introduced to rhythm and beat using body percussion, and play a variety of rhythm and barred instruments (e.g. drums, xylophone).  Teachers guide students to appropriate social behaviour and spatial awareness.
Note: Students must turn 3 by December 31 of the current school year.

Orff for 4 years

Building on pitch-matching and rhythmic skills, students begin to transfer concepts into “music language” and track rhythms on poster board or paper.  A variety of rhythm and barred instruments (e.g. drums, xylophone) provide opportunities for playing solos or as part of a percussion ensemble.  Sequential movements are introduced to inspire presentation of creative ideas individually, with partners, and with objects (e.g. hula hoops) as students expand their repertoire of rhymes, rhythms and songs.
Note: Students must turn 4 by December 31 of the current school year.

Orff Ensemble (Grades K-1)

Students build ensemble skills , musicianship skills, and learn basic note reading and writing through playing Orff instruments. Family and friends are invited to several class presentations, and students participate in recitals throughout the year.  This class may also support individual instrument instruction whether taken concurrently or at some time in the future.
Note: Students must turn 5 by December 31 of the current school year.

Orff Ensemble Level 2 (Grades 1-2)

Building on skills learned in Orff Ensemble, students continue to develop ensemble, musicianship and note-reading skills while exploring an expanded array of Orff instruments. Family and friends are invited to several class presentations. Students must have completed one year of Orff Ensemble prior to enrolling in this class.

Junior Percussion Ensemble
(Grades 2-4)

Using xylophones and other percussion instruments, students develop playing, ensemble and note reading skills through fun and creative musical activities. Family and friends are invited to several music class presentations. This class supports individual music instruction whether taken concurrently or at some time in the future.

Music Hand in Hand (Postponed)
3 years – 4 years

Based on the Orff approach, parents and children enjoy making music together. These classes stimulate creativity and social skills, while teaching music fundamentals in a fun and nurturing environment.

A class for parent & child
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 11am (45 min)
Term: 8 weeks
Instructor: Holly Duff