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Early Childhood Music Education

Children start learning music when they are born. They listen, they watch, they experiment with sounds and movement, and eventually, they sing and chant and move rhythmically. The more music they hear and the richer the musical sounds they experience, the sooner and better they develop their own musical skills. This process mirrors the way in which children learn language.

Early Childhood Music Education classes are based on the research of Edwin Gordon and follow the 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. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music, playing assorted percussion instruments, and pattern instruction. The goal of the curriculum 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.

Early childhood music students start as early as birth. The youngest babies respond to class activities with rapt attention as they soak up the musical sounds. Older children begin to explore with their voices and their bodies. As they get older, many 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.

Children attend early childhood music class with a parent or caregiver. Infant classes are offered for children ranging from birth to 18 months; toddler classes are available for children 18 months to 3 years old, and preschool classes are offered for children 3-5 years.

Fall 2018 Semester (September 10 - November 17)

Tuition is $173 per student (10 weeks);

financial assistance is available



Infant Classes for Birth - 18 Months Old

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - Cindy Taggart - CANCELLED
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - Amy Stice - CANCELLED
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - Liz Callahan
Fridays 10:00 a.m. - Adrienne Rodriguez
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. - Cindy Taggart

5:30 p.m. - Mary McCarty - CLASS IS FULL


10:00 a.m. - Amy Stice - CLASS IS FULL

5:30 p.m. - Claire Montgomery


9:00 a.m. - Liz Callahan

11:00 a.m. - Rachel Grimsby

6:30 p.m. - Grace Gelpi - CLASS IS FULL

Fridays 9:00 a.m. - Nikki Sanford - CLASS IS FULL
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

11:00 a.m. - CANCELLED


11:00 a.m. - Amy Stice - CLASS IS FULL

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


11:00 a.m. - Adrienne Rodriguez

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - David Miechiels - CLASS IS FULL


Early Childhood Music Program Philosophy and FAQ

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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