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Space still available in Silver Lake College Spring 2013 Music for Tots® classes in Manitowoc, Green Bay, and Sheboygan Beginning February 11

Posted on January 29 2013

The spring 2013 sessions of Music for Tots begin the week of February 11. Classes will be offered in Manitowoc at Silver Lake College, in Green Bay at St. Philip’s Catholic School, and in Sheboygan at Ebenezer UCC Church. The next sessions in fall 2013 begin in September. Instructors at the Silver Lake College location will be Becky Haen on Tuesday mornings and Pam Quick on Wednesday evenings.  Pam will also teach Monday mornings and evenings in Green Bay. Instructors at the Sheboygan location will be Donna Roblee on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings, and Sally Haines on Monday evenings. To register or for more information, please visit www.SL.edu/MusicForTots or contact the Silver Lake College Music Department at 920-686-6183.

Music for Tots is a ten week program for children from infancy through age five that helps to improve tonal, listening, verbal, coordination and rhythmic skills, as well as socialization. Children will also improve their ability to follow directions, focus attention, and share with their peers. Parents who attend with them will be able to take the songs and activities home with them to encourage and support them after the classes conclude. The program is directed by Sister Lorna Zemke, OSF, DMA, Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Music Studies and Kodaly Music Education Programs at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc.

Music for Tots classes are carefully scheduled to keep children of similar age and development level together, allowing for a wide variety of structured musical activities to be planned for each class. Singing is the foundation of the curriculum, and children’s singing-games and folk songs are the appropriate tunes used in music making. Each class is limited to eight children within the age span of approximately one year, except for the older threes, fours and fives who may participate together. Parents actively participate with their child in sessions for infants and toddlers. In the transition age of three years, the children become more independent. Preschooler’s (three-to-five year olds) participate in songs, rhythm games, use of simple rhythm and tonal instruments, and movement activities independently, with parents present but less actively involved.

Photo: Parents enjoy fun and rewarding time with their “tots” participating in a drum exercise during Music for Tots  classes.

Photo: Music for Tots kids participate in a rhythm and coordination exercise using a drum head and balls.

Music for Tots® is a registered trademark of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.