Early Childhood Programs
Looking for a first music experience for young learners that is both educational and fun? Our class and ensemble programs for ages 1 – 6 are designed to start their musical journey and set them on a path of discovery!
Young children have a natural fascination with music, and our early childhood classes will encourage them to listen, move, and actively participate in music specifically chosen for the developmental process. Led by our warm and friendly faculty, classes are designed to build a strong foundation of basic music concepts, and ease the way into an instrument class or joining the chorus.
Interested in Private Lessons? Learn more and register.
Music for Aardvarks
Music for Aardvarks will foster your child’s musical curiosity by introducing the basics of rhythm and melody with fresh, original songs, stories, and instrument play in a structured yet spirited and highly-experiential class that’s as fun for adults as it is for little ones! Siblings can join the class for half price! Discounts will be automatically applied when you register online.
Have a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, drum-beating good time in this first music or ensemble experience for young beginners! Children will gain an understanding of rhythm in a fun way: using hands, feet, household objects (plastic bowls, coffee cans), and percussion instruments. The class is different every session so students can take it multiple times in preparation for starting private lessons.
Music in Motion: Bao Bao Chang 音樂唱跳動
This Mandarin musical adventure transports little ones and their grown-ups halfway around the world! Through familiar songs, traditional melodies, and Chinese characters, children and caregivers discover colors, animals, shapes, and movements. Bao Bao Chang is for those who are new to Mandarin as well as native speakers.
Youth Chorus: Prelude
Little singers will get the perfect start with fun songs and music games that teach them how to use their singing voice, and to listen and blend with others. Watch your child’s concentration and confidence grow!
Suzuki Method for Guitar
“If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” – Shinichi Suzuki
Children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki applied the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother tongue approach. Suzuki students learn to play an instrument in the same way they learned their mother tongue: through interactive listening and repetition, learning with other children, and then learning to read through weekly private lessons and group classes.
Parents are active participants in the Suzuki experience, learning alongside students, guiding home practice, and creating a supportive musical environment. Students and parents are required to attend one private lesson and one group lesson, once a week. These defining features have made the Suzuki approach a highly-effective and sought-after learning method for young children.
Groton Hill Music School’s Suzuki program is open to children ages 4-6, with occasional exceptions for slightly younger and older students with approval from the teacher and the Director of Education. Students can continue in the program well beyond age six.
To learn more about the Suzuki method at Groton Hill Music School, contact Dulcey Lacroix.