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Early Childhood Music Education

Early Childhood Music Education classes are designed to introduce music to children ranging from newborns to age 7. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music, playing assorted percussion instruments, and pattern instruction.

Based on the research of Edwin Gordon and curriculum developed by Dr. Cynthia Crump Taggart, Professor and Chair of Music Education at MSU and Director of the Early Childhood Music Program at CMS, the goal of the this program is to increase children’s music aptitude (potential to achieve in music) through engaging and entertaining musical activities, which will lay a foundation for lifelong music.

How Does This Progam Impact the Various Age Groups?

Infants typically respond through the regular exposure to various musical sounds. As the children get a little older, they begin to explore with their voices and their bodies. Eventually, the students develop their musical skills so that they can echo tonal and rhythmic patterns accurately, sing in tune, and move exactly with the musical beat.

Spring 2019 Semester


There is a 5% discount for MSU faculty, staff, and students, however, registration must be in-person or over the phone to receive the discount.

Infant Classes for Birth - 18 Months Old

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - Rachel Grimsby
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - Amy Stice - CANCELLED
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - Adrienne Rodriguez
Fridays 10:00 a.m. - Grace Gelpi
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - David Miechiels - CLASS IS FULL


Toddler Classes for Ages 18 Months - 3 Years Old

Mondays 6:30 p.m. - Rachel Linsmeier - CLASS IS FULL

10:00 a.m. - Rachel Grimsby

5:30 p.m. - Grace Gelpi - CLASS IS FULL


10:00 a.m. - Amy Stice

5:30 p.m. - Claire Montgomery- CLASS IS FULL


9:00 a.m. - Adrienne Rodriguez

11:00 a.m. - Adrienne Rodriguez

6:30 p.m. - Kate Falk

Fridays 9:00 a.m. - Grace Gelpi
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. - David Miechiels - CLASS IS FULL

Preschool Classes for Ages 3-5 Years Old

Mondays 5:30 p.m. - Rachel Linsmeier - CLASS IS FULL

11:00 a.m. - Melly Houghton


11:00 a.m. - Amy Stice

6:30 p.m. - Claire Montgomery - CLASS IS FULL


11:00 a.m. - Melly Houghton - CLASS IS FULL

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - Jessica Puga




Early Childhood Music Program Philosophy and FAQs

Children ages 5-7 years, are encouraged to take Making Music. This class complements the Early Childhood Music Education program and is the next logical step for children who are too old for the EC program, but who are not decided upon a specific instrument and/or are not yet ready to begin private lessons.

Early Childhood Music programs are fully inclusive. Several classes are run in collaboration with Early On. Additionally, CMS offers music therapy for children and adolescents.

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