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Help a Mom: Music programs for preschoolers

Posted June 19, 2012

I recently received this email from a reader, who is looking for a music program for her preschooler.

Here's what she wrote: My 3.5 year old son is very interested in music, and we want to encourage him of course. Is there anything in the Triangle that might expose a child as young as he is to different types of music and instruments without being structured lessons (which I believe he might be too young for)? I'm under no illusion he is a prodigy, but we're starting to look for activities outside of his preschool to get him involved in.

Things I've tried to check into so far are geared for therapy or didn't seem appropriate to his age. Any suggestions you have on where I can look would be appreciated.

I recommended some Music Together and Kindermusik programs in the area. I also noted that some children do start lessons in their preschool years. I was four when I started taking piano lessons using the Suzuki method, which emphasizes playing music by ear rather than reading it and is a popular way for young children to learn to play.

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  • bethbaker1018 Jun 25, 2012

    My now 4 yr old started Music Together when he was 2. He LOVES it and is constantly singing. He can differentiate between instruments when listening to various songs. My 1 yr. old has been in it since she was born. She completely picks up way more than I thought she could at this age. We are big fans of Ms. Catherine at SproutSongs.

  • amystitz Jun 22, 2012

    My 3 year old LOVES Music Together. We happen to be enrolled with Catherine Hale's SproutSongs. My son loves her, and we've seen clear benefits from our participation in this program.

  • elazaro Jun 21, 2012

    As a certified early childhood music and movement instructor and classical musician, I would recommend group music classes like Musikgarten, Kindermusik, and Music Together for a preschooler. All three groups have put much time into researching activities that are developmentally appropriate and musically beneficial. At this age, children need movement to learn. A group class provides this as well as opportunities to develop a musical body, a singing voice, competency in keeping a steady beat, and exposure to simple percussion and pitched instruments (i.e. xylophones). It's also great for developing social skills and expression! A simple foundation like this sets children up to succeed later in private lessons or school ensembles - kudos to you for investing in your child's musical education!

  • sarah234 Jun 21, 2012

    Kindermusik Kids of Cary gave my children a very solid start to their music education. They both stayed in the program through the end of Kindergarten and then moved on to private lessons (although Kindermusik offers group lessons if that is of interest to you). I feel like the foundation is important - learning the basics (rhythm, note reading, terminology, intro to strings, intro woodwinds, intro to keyboard) set my kids on the right path to enjoying their music lessons as they've gotten older.

  • 301229 Jun 20, 2012

    I second The Grace Note! Diane Colin, owner & instructor, knows how to teach sound musical concept and still keeps it fun for the kids. All 4 of my children have been part of her programs from as early as 18 months old. My 8 year old still take piano with her. I can highly recommend her & her staff.

  • 301229 Jun 20, 2012

    The Grace Note is the best preschool music in the raleigh area. Diane Colin, owner & instructor, knows how to teach sound musical concepts and still keep it fun for the kids. All 4 of my children have been part of her programs from as early as 18 months old. My 8 year old still take piano with her. I can highly recommend her & her staff.

  • ldybgsnbtls Jun 20, 2012

    Check your local community center:) I know Fuquay has dance/music/creative movement classes for a variety of ages.

  • jstewart3 Jun 20, 2012

    I second Kindermusik (especially with Miss Susan) - they are fantastic!!

  • sww Jun 20, 2012

    Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill sometimes offers programs that introduce instruments to children. You might check out their upcoming schedules online.

  • lmoreschi Jun 19, 2012

    Diane Colon at the Grace Note in North Raleigh is amazing with children and music. She makes it so fun and accessible. She used to own a Kindermusik but now has her own shop. All three of my girls have loved her and have amazing exposure to music, styles, instruments, etc. She makes if fun and helps to build confidence at all levels. We love the Grace Note and I wish I had it when I was a kid!