Using music as a conduit to knowledge, the program strives to instill in children a lifelong appreciation of learning. The curriculum draws extensively on our founder's background in classical music, using music to teach everything from basic skills to more complex ideas and concepts through experiential learning. The theme-based curriculum includes 10 to 20 original compositions per theme. These compositions are the cornerstone of our curriculum. They include soon to be hits such as, 'Little Drops of Water', 'Dig Up a Dinosaur', and 'I'm A Shark'. The songs are easy for the students to learn and serve to reinforce our thematic units. Children have an innate love of and frequently a natural talent for music. We foster these feelings and abilities with a program of carefully chosen activities in music, art, literature, math, science and movement, all introduced through music. The program focuses on social skills, communication, cooperation, and fun. Field trips to local museums, libraries, concerts, parks and zoos are taken at least once a week. Guest instrumentalists and artists visit on a regular basis, conducting 'master classes' for students, too. With an excellent student to teacher ratio and a small mixed age classroom we are able to create an environment where our students social and educational needs are consistently met.
The day begins with 15 minutes of circle time. In that time we greet the group, discuss the events planned for the day, sing songs, and do some light warm up exercises. After circle time, the children have approximately 30 minutes of free time during which they choose the activities they would like to do. The range of activities includes: building with blocks or Lego's, painting, play dough, dress up, coloring, puppets, reading, imaginative play, tag or musical chairs, and of course our extensive array of musical instruments, from a small lap harp from Brazil to bongo drums, recorders, maracas, tambourines a xylophone and 2 separate electric pianos. A few times each week water play and special projects involving art or science are available as well. Following free time we have a light snack and are then ready for our daily scheduled event. Each event reflects the current curricular theme and provides reinforcement of the concepts of that theme. The events range from small master classes with visiting musicians to building a model volcano, trips to museums and insect observations in the park. When we finish or return from our scheduled event we sit down together for 15 to 20 minutes of story time. Noteworthy boasts and extensive library from which students may choose books.