From the rhythm of our Mother’s heartbeat, music is our first social interaction. All cultures have an oral tradition of song to teach our past and impart our values. The connections and mnemonic impressions for children in joining their voices and passions to the group are imperative to the development of their being. At Asylum for Art, we feel that this journey first begins with you and your child together so they can enjoy the social dynamic of a group environment from the emotional safety of their caregivers arms.  As they grow and develop into the persons that they will become, we gradually move to independent classes and then eventually to the beginnings of formal music education.

Our Programs are structured with both age and aptitude in mind and are developed to recognize that ear training encourages music, movement, and language development. With a focus on the needs of the child, our musical play class has been created to enhance learning in a holistic approach. The curriculum is spaced to allow time for the wonder of discovery while encouraging musical growth at their developmentally appropriate level and placing value on home practice with their biggest fans (you). At Asylum for Art our Early Childhood Education philosophical base is a curated blend of the Montessori and Reggio axioms which pays special attention to the growth of their social, intellectual, and emotional well-being. The musical pedagogy is developed from the Kodaly Method, the Orff Approach, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics teaching approaches. During class, we sing, listen, move, and play our way to a greater understanding and passion for music. These musical components are foundational in practicing and beginning to understand the beat, meter, and phrase forms.  It is essential for children to be exposed to proper speech, and dramatic storytelling to create a rich aural experience that will help them form language and begin to sing.  Children learn best by listening and then experimenting, children under the age of six are at their most creative and explorative stages these classes can be a large part of that.

Sing: Our song catalogue is chosen from folk traditions from around the world focusing on the things that bring us together and the beauty of nature.

Listen: Little ears are exposed to beautiful songs, chants, rhymes,  finger plays and stories with dramatic flair.  The children learn through listening and then experimentation.

Move: Class participation in activities such as games, dancing, and action songs.

Play: Children love to watch, touch, and mimic and we provide them the opportunity to play with the instruments and musical materials.

Summer Day Camps

5 Day Classes
9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Age 3 – 5

Musical art based summer camp will include storytime , songs and rhymes, introduction to playing rhythm instruments, dance and movement exploration, dramatic play, arts and crafts, snack and play at the neighbourhood park, musical games, learning the musical alphabet, and understanding beat versus rhythm. Then an exciting time to share our new musical knowledge with a parent music class on the final day as a showcase.

Daily activities will be much like our semester programs. We  will spend our time singing, listening, moving and playing. With the benefits of daily classes we will be able to provide more time to focus and share thoughts and ideas about our musical adventures. We will have extended time to allow for repetition and practice allowing even the shy more hesitant student to participate with ease and confidence. Daily opportunites will be given to develop fine motor practice learning the musical alphabet and arts and crafts. The children will enjoy storytelling, snack time and even a trip to the park for more fun group activities. 

Bringing traditional Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes from our collective childhoods and introducing them to the next generation.

Incorporating costumes and dress up with songs of life on the high seas and the secret lives of fairies.

Songs of the wild from the howl of the lonely wolf cub to the flutter of butterfly wings.

16 Week Session Classes

Fall ~ September to January
Spring ~ February to June

Wigglers and Wobblers Music Time (0 - 2 yrs) Parented

Delightful musical play activities that are age specific. This class was created as a special weekly time to learn songs and rhymes for clapping swinging and tickling their little nose and toes. This guided class helps the parent or caregiver as much as the child with specific musical activities that calm and excite. We will engage in bouncing songs, finger plays, stories, and little dances. It is a joyous time to celebrate the gift of music together.

Fall 2022 | Tuesdays 10:00a
Spring 2023 | Tuesdays 10:00a

Young Movers (20 mo - 3 yrs) Parented

This program is for children who are beginning the journey of independent class participation.  This is a very exciting time for your Toddler, and we want them (and you) to get the most out of it.  By utilizing call and response stories and songs your child is becoming an active participant and has an input into the experience.

Fall 2022 | Tuesdays 11:00a
Spring 2023 | Tuesdays 11:00a

Curious Movers Music Time (2 - 4 yrs) Parented

We sing and listen and play our way to a deeper understanding of music. Creating lasting cherished memories with a special adult to delight in the fun and continue the learning at home.  Imaginations develop through stories, songs and movement activities. We will discover advance musical concepts and be introduced and exposed to music masterpieces. These young children will participate in fun physical activities and have opportunities to boisterously participate either with the comfort of their parent or be able to join the group activities with their teacher and friends. We listen to and sing and move and play to old favorites and learn new exciting ways to prepare to enter private music lessons.

Fall 2022 | Fridays 9:00a
Spring 2023 | Fridays 9:00a

Kinders (4.5 yrs - 6 yrs) Independent

This program is about nurturing the transition to independent learning and engagement.  vocal development is a main focus of this class. We participate in engaging musical activities with focus on dramatic play and developing our singing voice. we continue to work on our listening and memorization skills. as we progress we incorporate note recognition and playing additional rhythm instruments and the glockenspiel. in story format we introduce the musical note family and practice with rhythm patterns and solfège hand signs.

during class we become familiar solfege terms, singing patterns, and solfa hand signs

Fall 2022 | Saturdays 10:00a
Spring 2023 | Saturdays 10:00a

Afternoon Mixed Age Classes

Children were made to learn and develop while absorbing knowledge and emotion from the different environments they interact with. Child development researchers have learned that when blending children of different ages into one learning environment fosters a natural familial style of learning. Joy and excitement come to those who participate in the fun. Young babies vocalize, listen, and observe. Toddlers play and experiment moving between the various children and adults. The preschoolers learn to model what the grownups and teachers are doing while building confidence and self assurances as many observe and clap with encouragement. The adults in the class have a great responsibility to provide a rich environment that enhances their physical and psychological well-being. Families are joyous because they participated and shared a rich musical adventure and created memories and learned bonding activities that they can bring home and share endlessly. 

10 Week Session Classes

Fall ~ September to December
Winter ~ January to March
Spring ~ April to June

Preschooler Music Class (2 1/2 - 4 yrs) Independent

Preschooler Music Class is an independent group setting for up to 4 children per session aged 2 1/2 to 4.  Group or choral singing is great for speech development, memorization, and following actions.  This format also allows for singing independently with echo songs and time to sing solo responses.  With Preschoolers learning the regular alphabet this is a great time to introduce the musical alphabet with tracing and eventually writing notes on sheet music.  Intermixed with the fun and games of the class we will be introducing Royal Conservatory of Music beginner Theory and Kodaly hand signs.

Winter 2023 | Fridays 3:00p
Winter 2023 | Saturdays 9:00a

Family Yoga (2 - 10 yrs)

Yoga helps to enhance body awareness and build strength and flexibility. Yoga has positive benefits on everyone regardless of their natural physical capabilities. “Yoga is a fun way for children to develop a variety of important skills in a nurturing, non-competitive environment.” (Rainbow Kids Yoga)

Yoga has many positive health benefits such stress and tension reduction, improved digestion, better body alignment and posture, increased focus, deeper breathing, and learning to be more centred and feel a deeper calm. Yoga can play an important role in developing the physical, emotional and cognitive sense of being. This family yoga class is designed for a fun and engaging active play time with music, stories, and games. 

Winter 2023 | Fridays 4:00p

Theatre for Imagination (5 - 10 yrs)

Children have a natural inclination to imagine themselves inside their favourite movie or show.  This program gives them the opportunity to step into the Theatre of Imagination.  With guidance from working professionals they can become Kristoff, Moana, Gaston, Maribel, or anyone their hearts fixate on. This program will help your child develop their singing voice, confidence, and physical co-ordination.  This class will focus on the basics of introducing movement to song, the concept of adopting a character, and interacting with a peer for a scene.  This 60 minute class will be divided between singing, acting, and choreography with a performance to cap the semester.

Winter 2023 | Tuesdays 4:00p

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