Early Music Education (ages 0-6)

It is without scientific question that musical training has a large impact on the development of the brain, especially language, speech, attention, memory, and the ability to express emotions vocally. Using a blended approach of proven methods such as Suzuki, Orff, and Kodaly, Music Explorers is a journey of discovery designed to create a foundation for the well-rounded musical skills needed for private instruction.

Join your child in their first explorations of the musical world!  Bach Babies, Mozart Mites, and Rossini Rascals are designed for children 3 months to 4 years of age and offer a comprehensive approach to developing musicianship skills.  Sing interactive songs with the help of an animal friend, choose an instrument from the instrument bag to play, and use dance to feel the music in your body!  Watch your child develop coordination, confidence in solo performance, and the ability to work with others as they launch into a journey of discovery and enjoy the benefits of early music education.

Early Music Education (ages 0-6)

Musicianship for Kids

Instructor: Chloe Hurst
Recommended for: Ages 5-6
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:00-1:45pm
Semester Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: Musicianship for Kids will explore every aspect of music from musicianship (beginner theory), composers from around the world, music history,  to the fine detail of the notes, rhythms and instruments that make up our musical landscape. Experience rhythms using a wide variety of percussion instruments and leap from note to note while singing melodies. Discover the lives of composers who wrote the many pieces of music that we know and love.  Musicianship for Kids will go that extra mile through inviting other VAM students and staff as special guests and leading them through the journey of how musical instruments work and sound.

Bach Babies

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 3-18 months
Class Time: Session 1: Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:15pm (Sept-Dec, 14 weeks) Session 1: Fridays, 2:00-2:45pm (Sept-Dec, 13 weeks) Session 2: Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:15pm (Jan-Mar, 10 weeks) Session 2: Fridays, 2:00-2:45pm (Jan-Mar, 10 weeks) Session 3: Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:15pm (Apr-June, 11 weeks) Session 3: Fridays, 2:00-2:45pm (Apr-June, 11 weeks)
Semester Fee:
  • $280
  • $260
  • $200
  • $220
Class Description: Join your child in their first explorations of the musical world! Sing interactive songs with the help of an animal friend, learn to play an instrument, and use dance to feel the music in your body in this introduction to the benefits music has to offer you and your child. 22/23 Schedule:
  • Session 1: September - December (14 weeks / 13 weeks)
  • Session 2: January - March (10 weeks)
  • Session 3: April - June (11 weeks)
This is an in-person class with parent participation required. For online delivery options, and/or private lesson options, contact [email protected] 

Mozart Mites

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 18 months - 3 years
Class Time: Session 1: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am (Sept-Dec, 14 weeks) Session 1: Fridays, 3:00-3:45pm (Sept-Dec, 13 weeks) Session 2: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am (Jan-Mar, 10 weeks) Session 2: Fridays, 3:00-3:45pm (Jan-Mar, 10 weeks) Session 3: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am (Apr-June, 10 weeks) Session 3: Fridays, 3:00-3:45pm (Apr-June, 11 weeks)
Semester Fee:
  • $280
  • $260
  • $200
  • $220
Class Description: Watch your child develop coordination, confidence in solo performance, and the ability to work with others through singing, playing, and movement.
  • Session 1: September - December (14 weeks /13 weeks)
  • Session 2: January - March (10 weeks)
  • Session 3: April - June (11 weeks)
This is an in-person class with parent participation required. For online and/or private lesson delivery options, contact [email protected] 

Rossini Rascals

Instructor: Chloe Hurst (Department Head), Jennifer Chu, Thomas Law
Recommended for: Ages 3-4
Class Time: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:15am Fridays, 4:00-4:45pm Saturdays, 9:45-10:30am Thursdays, 10:00-10:45am (January intake)
Semester Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: Dive into musicianship skills with elements of the Orff and Kodaly methods with the exploration of several different percussion instruments. Parent participation required. This class is full year and runs for 32 weeks from September - May. There is a half year option available starting in January.