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Early Childhood (Kindermusik)

> Kindermusik: Village (ages 0 - 1.5)

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Available Classes:

Mondays
11:30-12:15 AM
Fall Semester
Sep 26 - Nov 21
Mary Alice Senecal
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Tuesdays
9:30-10:15 AM
Fall Semester
Sep 27 - Nov 14
Mary Alice Senecal
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Wednesdays
5:15-6:00 PM
Fall Semester
Sep 28 - Nov 16
Sister Patricia St. John
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What if there were a place for you and your baby where all the little miracles that seem to fly by so quickly were captured, magnified and celebrated? Where life's merry-go-'round slowed down to let you and your child share in the magical moments that happen through music, movement, touch and sounds? Where you helped your baby to see, touch and hear the world in new ways and in turn, you found new ways to be amazed by her/him? Where parents and children found the true meaning of community? What if there were a place where someone helped you peek inside your baby's miraculous little body and brain. And what if these moments of discovery helped you understand how, with every tune and every rhyme, with every tickle, tumble, and bounce, with every song and every whisper, you help unfold her/his natural gifts and propensity for msuic-making? And what if every time you left this place, you took home treasures from the day, inspirations for making that experience come alive with your baby at home? Infant classes at Carondelet Music Center is the place!

Kindermusik VILLAGE is a curriculum for newborns to 18 months, offering multi-age activities appropriate for the different stages of development in this age range. Building on emerging capabilities of each baby, the music-making experiences foster your child's development and provide a model for parents to assist and nurture that growth. Specially commissioned art in beautiful books for your baby will aid in visual tracking, shape and color recognition, and language development. They will bring the VILLAGE experience home and will become a favorite addition to your child's bookshelf for years to come. Unique to Carondelet Music Center's infant classes is a special INTERGENERATIONAL component involving retired Senior Sisters engaged in the music-making experiences of baby and caregiver.

The themed curriculum for the Fall Semester is Zoom Buggy!

> Kindermusik: Our Time (ages 1.5 - 3)

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Available Classes:

Mondays
10:30-11:10 AM
Fall Semester
Sep 12 - Dec 5
Mary Alice Senecal
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Mondays
5:30-6:10 PM
Fall Semester
Sep 12 - Dec 5
Sister Patricia St. John
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Tuesdays
10:30-11:10 AM
Fall Semester
Sep 13 - Dec 6
Mary Alice Senecal
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Thursdays
4:45-5:25 PM
Fall Semester
Sep 15 - Dec 8
Mary Alice Senecal
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KINDERMUSIK Our Time brings the joy of music and movement to the lives of parents (or other caregivers) and their toddlers (18 mos-3 years). The weekly classes will assist you in creating an effective learning and growing environment in which your child's musical instincts are encouraged and rudimentary musical skills are developed. The musical stimulation becomes a well of positive experiences from which you and your child can draw, both during the class sessions and throughout the week at home. Through exploration, experimentation, and discovery, your child is actually self-taught. When this exploration is supported and facilitated, your child's inner motivation allows her/his unique qualities to emerge.

In KINDERMUSIK Our Time, the parent/caregiver is involved as a companion and educator. You are trained to become a keen and sensitive observer, balancing necessary help with what is most needed next to facilitate the unfolding miracle of your child's growth. This is an adventure you and your child embark upon together. Class experiences will become part of your family life all through the week, and a new way of relating will become comfortable and familiar. As you and your child shed your inhibitions and become totally involved with music and with each other, a wonderful world of delight is made possible for your entire family. As the professional educator, the teacher facilitates the process, but the full development of the child relies on the collaboration of teacher, parent/caregiver and child.

The themed curriculum for the Fall Semester is Milk and Cookies.

> Kindermusik: Imagine That (ages 3.5 - 5)

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Available Classes:

Tuesdays
4:30-5:30 PM
Fall Semester
Sep 13 - Dec 6
Mary Alice Senecal
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Wednesdays
6:15-7:15 PM
Fall Semester
Sep 14 - Dec 7
Sister Patricia St. John
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For preschoolers, 3.5 to 5 years old, imagination is everything. Resourcefulness and creativity abound as a result of her/his burgeoning imagination.

IMAGINE THAT! is a carefully crafted curriculum that nurtures those vivid imaginations by embracing the preschool child's unique affinity to learn through pretend play. The enabling foundation of the curriculum is the intergration of music and imagination; the program's development is the direct result of a shift in the current educational research. This research confirms that preschool age children thrive on participatory, expressive learning. Their language skills are exploding beyond mere labeling of words. They want to talk about what they are thinking and feeling; they choose preferences, make comparisons and predictions. Using an incremental integration of activities, the teacher guides the child, nurturing her/him to further develop cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and musical skills throughout the curriculum. A common theme integrates and connects the activities from lesson to lesson. This encourages children to use their own life experiences to build upon their unique learning curve.

IMAGINE THAT! provides an experiential environment that delicately balances teacher-directed activities with child-initiated responses. Based on the concept of "constructivist learning," children select what they need in the moment to facilitate their learning. With music as the common thread, each session allows time for the child to reflect, compare, make choices, express opinions and preferences, and engage in problem-solving strategies.

The themed curriculum for the Fall Semester is Hello Weather.

> Young Child 1 (ages 5 - 6)

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Available Classes:

Tuesdays
5:30-6:45 PM
Fall Semester
Sep 13 - Sep 6
Mary Alice Senecal
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Using a small-group approach to music education, KINDERMUSIK for the Young Child provides a pressure-free class where your child can develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers. While each semester incrementally builds upon the previous semester (i.e., Semester 2 will pick up where Semester 1 leaves off), it is not necessary for your child to have completed the previous semester. New students are accepted each semester with the exception of Semester 4. The program is designed to prepare the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument. Parents or caregivers participate in the last 10-15 minutes of class. Scaffolding learning by building on previous experience, class components include: 1)Singing and vocal development: It may sound like a foreign language when your child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but s/he’s using the language of professional musicians and composers and getting ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns. 2)Movement: You’ll see your child dance expressively to music, giving her or him the practice s/he needs to coordinate body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well. 3)Reading and writing: Your child will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually s/he’ll even compose her/his own music. 4)Focused listening: Your child will learn to identify a range of orchestral instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition. 5)Exploring and playing musical instruments: Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose your child to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide your child with the opportunity to musically succeed before formal instruction.

PARTICULAR TO SEMESTER 1: Children are introduced to a variety of music sources, styles and genres such as parade music, choir music, orchestral music, operatic music, and playground music. Mozart is introduced and children will learn the story of his opera, THE MAGIC FLUTE; they'll make bird masks and play a popular bird game from Japanese culture. Finally, this first semester introduces the glockenspiel, which will remain a fundamental source of instrument-play throughout the four semesters of the Young Child curriulum.

SEMESTER 1 MATERIALS: A Glockenspiel with two mallets, Children's Folder (includes Music At Home cards, attendance stickers, name stickers, activity pages and manipulatives which provide the child with visual learning tools), a Games Bag with rhythm sticks and note chips, a Family Song Book with beautifully written and illustrated pages, a Home CD with songs and activities from the curriculum, and a Kindermusik canvas Carry Bag with the Young Child logo embroidered on the front, to carry materials to and from class each week.

N.B. The glockenspiel and canvas tote are used throughout the four semesters of the Young Child curriculum.

Private Lessons

> 30-minute Private Lessons (ages 7 and up)

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Available Classes:

Day/Time varies
Fall Semester
Sep 12 - Dec 16
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Private lessons are available for a variety of options including instrument choice, length of lesson,  preferred day and time of lesson. Please click "register now" to view options. Arrangements may be discussed with your current teacher or by calling the Office (518) 783-3608.

> 45-minute Private Lessons (ages 7 and up)

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Available Classes:

Day/Time varies
Fall Semester
Sep 12 - Dec 16
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Private lessons are available for a variety of options including instrument choice, length of lesson,  preferred day and time of lesson. Please click "register now" to view options. Arrangements may be discussed with your current teacher or by calling the Office (518) 783-3608.

> 60-minute Private Lessons (ages 7 and up)

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Available Classes:

Day/Time varies
Fall Semester
Sep 12 - Dec 16
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Private lessons are available for a variety of options including instrument choice, length of lesson,  preferred day and time of lesson. Please click "register now" to view options. Arrangements may be discussed with your current teacher or by calling the Office (518) 783-3608.

Group Piano

> Beginner Group Piano (ages 7 - 8)

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Available Classes:

Tuesdays
6:00-6:50
Fall Semester
Sep 13 - Dec 6
Joanne Patregnani
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Situated at his/her own digital piano in the Music Center's "state of the art" Piano Lab*, students make music as they explore the geography of the piano, discover multiple aspects of essential music concepts, and learn how to read and perform traditional notation. The powerful socializing dimension of collective music-making is realized in the Group Piano setting. Guided by an expert instructor in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, children complement each other's growth through individual performance and ensemble playing. They create original sound stories and group compositions, they add instrumental accompaniments to favorite songs, and they play duets with friends. The 50-minute session includes theory, technique, ear-training, and performance.

 *The Piano Lab includes six digital pianos, a teacher console electronically linked to each individual piano, head phones for individual practice, and a Group Educator Control System that allows the group to work independently while the teacher "listens in and communicates with" individual students as s/he monitors progress. Additionally, two computers are available with theory games and notation software, offering opportunities to explore original composition.

> Semi-Private Lessons (ages 7 and up)

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Available Classes:

Mondays
day/time varies
Fall Semester
Sep 12 - Dec 9
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Semi-private lessons are reserved for previously enrolled music students. Upon the recommendation of the instructor, arrangements are made for two students to take lessons together. Typically, these students have participated in a group setting and/or the teacher believes the children will work well together, making complementary progress toward musical growth and expertise. The 45-minute semi-private lessons afford students the opportunity to negotiate musical skill and make musical decisions, particularly as they work collaboratively on duets and think critically for ensemble performance.

> Elementary Group Piano (ages 8 - 9)

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Available Classes:

Tuesdays
5:00-5:50 PM
Fall Semester
Sep 13 - Dec 6
Joanne Patregnani
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*This group class is reserved for those students continuing from the previous semester.*

This Group Piano class is offered for the beginner piano student with no previous knowledge of instruction in piano study. Situated at his/her own digital piano in the Music Center's "state of the art" Piano Lab*, students make music as they explore the geography of the piano, discover multiple aspects of essential music concepts, and learn how to read and perform traditional notation. The powerful socializing dimension of collective music-making is realized in the Group Piano setting. Guided by an expert instructor in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, children complement each other's growth through individual performance and ensemble playing. They create original sound stories and group compositions, they add instrumental accompaniments to favorite songs, and they play duets with friends. The 50-minute session includes theory, technique, ear-training, and performance.

 *The Piano Lab includes six digital pianos, a teacher console electronically linked to each individual piano, head phones for individual practice, and a Group Educator Control System that allows the group to work independently while the teacher "listens in and communicates with" individual students as s/he monitors progress. Additionally, two computers are available with theory games and notation software, offering opportunities to explore original composition.

 

Group Violin

> Violin for Young Beginners (ages 7 - 9)

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Available Classes:

Tuesdays
6:00-7:00 PM
Fall Semester
Sep 13 - Dec 6
Christina Shaughnessy
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This 12-week group violin class is offered as an introduction for young children desiring to explore a string instrument. The powerful socializing dimension of collective music-making is realized in this group setting. Guided by an expert instructor in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, children complement each other's growth through individual performance and ensemble playing. An important component of each session is making music together from the very start.

This delightful learning experience will serve to assist students in their desire to further their instrumental instruction and to explore possibilities within our musical family at Carondelet Music Center. Each student will be required to rent a violin; the instructor will be happy to provide guidance in this process before the first session. (Typically, a violin can be rented for $15 for a special introductory four-month trial period.)

Group Guitar

> Introduction to Guitar (ages 10 - 75)

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Available Classes:

Mondays
6:30-7:30 PM
Fall Semester
Sep 12 - Dec 5
Phil Rogers
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Students in this 12-week group class will learn a total of 28 chords used in today’s most popular music. The 1-hour class sessions will include rudimentary scales and guitar theory, tablature, and note-reading, as well as rhythm and strumming techniques. Ear training will feature prominently in sessions to develop and build upon the student’s ability to recognize the melody and chords used in contemporary and pop culture music. Different types of guitars will be explored and students will learn how to replace strings on their instrument. A guitar is required and the instructor will assist in instrument selection and all students must purchase The instructor's Beginning Guitar Book ($16.00) at the first class.