Classes

First Steps in Music

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Weekly Preschool Music Classes 

For children ages 18 months to 3 years old & 3 to 5 years

You and your child are invited to experience singing, creative movement, simple instruments, and fingerplays through traditional songs and rhymes at our Preschool Music Classes.

We’ve split our classes into two sections for children ages 18 months to 3 years old and 3 to 5 years. Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids who love to sing begin with our early childhood (Pre-K) music discovery and vocal exploration classes then advance through tiered levels of instruction through age 18.

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.

Our Instructors

The instructors for our pre-school music classes possess a bachelor's degree or a minor in music or music education. Instructors have a minimum of 1-year teaching experience and receive continual training. They have a love for working with young children and have a strong understanding of early childhood development. They are patient, energetic, and passionate about music and arts education.

Schedule:

Downtown – First United Methodist Church

Thursdays:  

9:30-10:00 am | ages 18 months to 3 years old

10:30-11:00 am | ages 3 to 5 years old


Tuition with One Class per Week:

$49 monthly per child

$29 each additional child 

*multi-child discount only available to siblings residing in the same household.

Tuition payments are billed on the 1st of the month and require a credit card or routing number be placed on file. The 1st month is pro-rated depending on your start date. Please call the office to schedule make-up classes as needed. Upon placement, your child's name will be carried over automatically to the following month's roll.  Should you choose to withdraw your child from our program, a 30-day written notice is required.  If notice is not received, you will continue to be responsible for the class fees. There are no refunds

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“The Chorus expands your musical horizons and helps you grow as a person. You are surrounded with other young people who have something in common…their love of music. I have learned that music does, indeed, bring people and cultures together. The music we sing brings people hope for a better future of understanding and cooperation.”

Jasmine, 16, Touring and Concert Choirs

“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, 17, Touring and Concert Choirs

“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, Chancellor Emeritus and Past 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

“I was in the Jacksonville Children's Chorus in 1999-2002. It helped me to build long lasting friendships and a greater love for music. To this day I still remember the fun times and great concerts we did in the JCC. I think this organization is great for children of all ages, it helps build confidence and friendships.”

Bethany, Former Member