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First Steps In Music

First Steps In Music

The Benefits Of Our Preschool Music Program

When a child is involved in music, it increases their self-esteem, self-motivation, and self-efficacy. Creative participation in music improves self-image and self-awareness and creates positive self-attitudes.  Each child develops social, emotional, and intellectual skills that foster good health and well-being and, ultimately, success in life.

Music education is fundamental to a child’s growth. Children start recognizing pitch at the same time they acquire language, happening roughly between the ages of one and four. Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Sherry Kelly recently reported that music stimulates the centers of the brain that develop language, attention, organization, spatial awareness, emotions, planning, and motor skills. This distinct connection between music, language processing, and reading during childhood promotes listening skills and enhances learning throughout life.  Dr. Elizabeth Carlton’s work proves that learning music in early childhood stimulates the brain for “optimal brain development”. Early and routine exposure of Northeast Florida’s children to these proven methods of music education is key if we are to foster our next generation of music lovers, choristers, and teachers.

Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social, emotional, motor, language, memory, and overall literacy. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For toddlers and Pre-schoolers, music making is a dynamic social learning experience. When making music as a group, children learn teamwork while they contribute to a song. Also, music helps children learn that together, they can make something larger than the sum of its parts.


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Tuesdays at 10:00-10:30am @ The Florida Ballet

(May 24, May 31, June 7, & June 14)

 Tuition: $25 per child for ALL 4 sessions

Available for children ages 18 months - 5 years old. Parents and caregivers welcome!

 Contact the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus at (904) 353-1636, ext. 3 or email us for more questions.  

 


Wednesdays 2:00 - 2:30PM

The Florida Ballet

“Music plays a major role in the full development of a child. Not only does it enrich lives, it also serves as a pathway for students to express themselves and explore new ways to communicate with others. For 20 years, kudos to the JCC for molding the lives of young artists, and I look forward to the next 20 years.”

Tim Cost, President, Jacksonville University

“Music is such a valuable part of life. The way it enriches one’s life and encourages creativity, I do not believe anything else can do as much. We in Jacksonville are certainly blessed to have the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.”

Scott C. Snyder, President, Compass Consulting Group

“Through music and your leadership, these children learn to perform in different languages while experiencing the diversity of an array of world cultures. The understanding they gain will serve them well as they enter adulthood.”

R. Randall Onstead, former President/CEO of Winn-Dixie

“It is gratifying the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus program covers so much of what is not available to children in the Duval Public Schools. The children who have an opportunity to participate in your Chorus are very fortunate to have this outstanding musical training available to them. The entire community benefits from your talent and that of the children.”

Dr. Frances B. Kinne , Former Chancellor Emeritus and Past President, Jacksonville University

“The JCC is more than just a chorus; it is truly a life-changing experience. The Chorus has opened me to new experiences, provided me with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and helped me discover singing is not just one of my interests but rather a lifelong passion.”

Emma D., JCC Alum