Five Big Reasons...
...your little one should take early childhood music classes at
1. Development – The early childhood years are critical to the development of the child’s potential for comprehending and producing music.
2. Curriculum – The
3. Teachers – Our teachers are well credentialed and are carefully selected for essential characteristics including musical excellence and artistry, pedagogical skills and understanding, and individual instincts for understanding and establishing rapport with children.
4. Instruments – In our older classes, students have access to hands on experience with orchestral instruments and performances by guest Levine artists or students.
5. Play – Our curriculum emphasizes learning through play and a conviction that the more fun children have exploring music, the more effectively they learn.
ECEM Program Pillars
‘Best Practice’ Instructional Theory
Based on the proven methods of Orff and Kodaly, Levine’s ECEM program combines the best proven methods for imparting music to the young child.
- Orff methodology establishes a nurturing environment for learning. Emphasizing use of easily learned folk songs and rhymes, and instruction on the Orff instruments (metallophone, glockenspiel, xylophone and percussion), Orff encourages improvisation as children begin to build their musical skills. The method is designed to build confidence and encourage creative thinking in a group setting.
- Kodaly instruction adds a learning ‘toolkit’ verbal and visual symbols and techniques applied through singing for teaching rhythm, pitch and other structural concepts.
Well-credentialed upon arrival, with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, teachers who choose to specialize in early childhood music education undergo Levine-specific training and professional development when they join the ECEM program. Our teacher development emphasizes mastery of the
Personalized Classroom Management
Parent / Caregiver Inclusion