Winter 2024

Bells collection

Winter registration is open for returning families!

New family registration begins Dec. 7

 

We're thrilled to start our winter session soon!

 

We'll be using the Bells Collection, which features American folk songs, original songs, and music from all over the world. We'll sing about winter weather in "Snowflakes" and "My Lady Wind," visit Ghana and Canada with "Obwisana" and "Lukey's Boat," and we'll play with our voices by mimicking the sounds of instruments in “French Folk Song” and Spanish-speaking animals in “De Colores.” (Did you know that in Spanish, roosters say “quiri-quiri quiri” to wake people up?) Making funny animal sounds, lip-buzzing, and other tonal play helps children explore their vocal register, discover their singing voices and distinguish them from their speaking voices. And since children learn from contrasts and by expressing music with their full bodies, you’ll be hopping lightly like a bird and sliding smoothly like an ice skater in "Hopping and Sliding." You’ll have so much fun you won’t even notice that you’re learning staccato and legato!

 

In addition to the classes, your tuition includes a beautifully illustrated songbook, CD and digital music downloads, a family newsletter with more at-home music making ideas, online access to the songs through the Music Together app, and tons of great music and content in our Family Music Zone.

 

As always, grownups are indispensable to our musical time together; our emphasis is on the caregiver-to-child relationship. Small children are not expected to focus; rather, they are encouraged to respond spontaneously to the musical environment. We use singing, movement, rhythmic chants, instrument play, and lots of other ways to express ourselves musically during class Children are welcome to move around the room, sit and watch, or dance while we're sitting. As long as their grownups are engaged in making music, the children are learning by their role model that music-making is a fun and valuable family activity.

 

The cost for the 10 week session is $210 for one child and $135 for additional siblings. Siblings one year and younger attend for free. New families please add a one-time new family registration fee of $10. Community center pricing may be different.

 

Join us and fill your family's winter with music, fun and friendship!

For classes at Thomas Farm Community Center and Elwood Smith Community Center, please register via Rockville's Recreation and Parks portal online at https://secure.rec1.com/MD/city-of-rockville-md/catalog

 

For classes at Bender JCC, please register at their online portal at https://www.benderjccgw.org/event/music-together/

 

To register for all other classes, please email terri@cleftonestudios.com

Contact us to find out how to join the fun!

terri@cleftonestudios.com

301.424.4359