Music for Young Minds

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Music for Young Minds (MFYM)

Children and one caregiver participate in a variety of classroom activities to develop basic musical skills!​ Activities include:

  • ​Singing
  • Chanting
  • Dancing and Movement
  • Playing Instruments​
  • ​And more!

In addition to in class activities, we highly encourage music exploration in the home. Those who register will be given access to a Children's Music Playlist at the start of classes, and caregivers will be taught a 'Song of the Week' each week to use at home to assist with daily tasks (e.g. changing a diaper, cleaning up, getting dressed, and more!).

All of our teachers are certified in Early Childhood Level 1 through the Gordon Institute of Music Learning, and are currently Music Education majors at the University of Delaware. All classes are held in the Amy E. DuPont Music Building on the University of Delaware campus. ​​​

Sibling Policy

In order to control class size, siblings are welcome to attend their brother's or sister's classes only if they are registered. Siblings may be registered for a flat fee of $75 per semester.

Parents Orientation and Open House

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Music for Babies (birth to 18 months)

Music for Babies brings the joy of music and movement to the lives of very young children and their parents or other caregivers. Weekly classes consist of singing and other vocal activities, movement, listening, and simple instrument playing. Through these activities, our teachers and assistants aim to create an environment in which the child’s musical instincts are nurtured and fundamental musical skills are developed.

9‐week session
Saturdays, 9/20 – 11/20
9:30 am – 10:15 am
$140​

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Music for Toddlers (18 months to 3 years)

Music for Toddlers continues to focus on bringing music and movement to the lives of toddlers and their parents or other caregivers. Children and caregivers will participate in exciting and child-centered activities that include singing and other vocal activities, movement, listening, and simple instrument playing. Using these activities, our goal is to help children develop a comfortable and foundational relationship with music to prepare them for further musical exploration!

9‐week session
Saturdays, 9/20 – 11/20
9:30 am – 10:15 am (section 1)
10:30 – 11:15 am (section 2)
$140​

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Little Music Makers (3 years to 4 1/2 years)

Little Music Makers focuses on the musical development of young children within a childcentered environment. Through informal guidance, this class will help children develop a fundamental understanding of music by providing a rich musical environment, including singing, rhythmic chanting, playing instruments, and stylistic movement. With these fun activities, teachers and children will begin to engage in improvisation, allowing children to express their own musical ideas. Our teachers’ goal is to use fun-filled activities to prepare children for formal music learning!

9‐week session
Saturdays, 9/20 – 11/20
9:30 am – 10:15 am (section 1)
10:30 – 11:15 am (section 2)
$140​

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Hands on Music (4 1/2 years to 6 years)

This class will continue a child’s musical development by bridging the gap between informal and formal music learning and preparing them with the aural foundation for instrumental instruction. Teachers will provide instruction on beat competency in various meters through the use of rhythmic poems/chants and instruments and encourage free movement through creative movement activities as well as work on the development of listening skills. Children will also learn to develop and expand their singing voice through the exploration of music in various genres. Children in Hands on Music provides the opportunity for further instrument exploration, such as tone bars! They will be given both individualized and class instruction while learning musical skills and most importantly, having fun!

9‐week session
Saturdays, 9/20 – 11/20
10:30 – 11:15 am
$140​

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