Musical Beginnings

Class Offerings

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Participate with your child, ages 0 to 5 years old, in singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments (shakers, jingles, small drums, and rhythm sticks), while developing a strong musical bond with your child. Through activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement, your child's musical aptitude and listening abilities are enhanced and further developed. Classes are designed to build attention and self-expression and include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement, and storytelling. Parents of toddlers stay for the entire class. Parents of 3 and 4 year-olds may stay for the class or join in for the last ten minutes of class. (Limit of 12 students per class)

Nimble and Quick, with Maggie Olivo

Multi-age Class: 0-5 years old (Pre-k)
Meeting Time: Mondays 5:45-6:15 p.m., 2/10/20 - 4/20/20 (no classes the week of Spring Break)
Cost: $115, $145 with materials* (Spring semester materials differ from Fall materials)

We will move, sing, play simple musical instruments, dramatize and story tell with nursery rhymes, folk songs and classical music. In this multi-age class, younger children will learn from older peer models. Older children will explore leadership roles as they help lead the  class in guided exploration. This class is perfect for siblings. We ask that parents of children two years and under participate in class. Parents of older children may choose to stay or leave during the middle portion of class.


The Cycle of Seasons, with Mary Pearson and Danielle Priest

Multi-age Class: 3-5 years old
Meeting Time: Tuesdays 5:15-6:00 p.m., 2/11/20 - 4/21/20 (no classes the week of Spring Break)
Cost: $130, $170 with materials* (Spring semester materials differ from Fall materials)



BloomingSongs, with Maggie Olivo
Multi-age Class: 0-5 years old (Pre-k)
Meeting Time: Mondays 5:00-5:30 p.m., 2/10/20 - 4/20/20 (no classes the week of Spring Break)
Cost: $110

BloomingSongs, with Ian Cicco
Ages: 2-5 years old (Pre-k)
Meeting Time: Saturdays 10:00-10:30 a.m., 2/15/20 - 4/25/19 (no classes the week of Spring Break)
Cost: $110

BloomingSongs gives Bloomington area families access to local musicians and their music:contemporary classical, jazz, electronica, Middle Eastern, bluegrass, choral music, and Brazilian choros. Kids of all ages can learn the basics behind improvisation, dynamics, musical forms, tempos, articulations, and various movements. The BloomingSongs project has also offered interactive concerts to area schools, and provided teacher-training workshops. This project is made possible by The Smithville Grant Foundation, Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Grant, area music teachers and early childhood specialists, Monroe County Public Library, Monroe County Community Foundation, Ivy Tech John Waldron Fine Arts Center, Russian Recording, Reimagining Opera for Kids, B-Town Jazz, BloomingSongs composers and musicians, IU Jacobs' PreCollege Program, IU Children's Choir, Boys and Girls Club and the IU African American Choral Ensemble.

Class Location:
First Presbyterian Church
221 E 6th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408


Bloomingsongs: CD (Materials repeat after one year.)

*Materials are optional but recommended for each class.