Early Music Education: Music Explorers

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.

Bach Babies (ages 3-18 months), Mozart Mites (ages 18 months-3 years), and Rossini Rascals (ages 3-4 years)

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.

Voyagers (ages 4-5) and Navigators (ages 6-7)

VAM Voyagers and Navigators will explore everything in the world of music from composers around the globe to the fine detail of the notes, rhythms and instruments that make up our musical landscape.

Take out those telescopes and find the many notes that live on the musical staff!  Steer through rhythms using a wide variety of percussion instruments and leap from note to note while singing melodies.   Don’t forget to study the maps of explorers before you! Discover the lives of composers who wrote the many pieces of music that we know and love.  Voyagers and Navigators will be able to use expert navigation skills to guide others through inviting other VAM students and staff as special guests and leading them through the journey of how musical instruments work and sound.

Early Music Education: Music Explorers

Bach Babies (Online)

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 3-18 months
Class Time: Session 1: The Week of September 7th - October 26th; Session 2: The Week of November 2nd - December 23rd; Session 3: The Week of January 4th - February 22nd;
Semester Fee:
  • $125
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.
  • This is an online course available as a set of 8 pre-recorded videos per session.
  • There are 4 sessions at $125 each, per Academic Year.
  • Video content released weekly, may be viewed at the convenience of caregiver and child.

Mozart Mites (Online)

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 18 months - 3 years
Class Time: Session 1: The Week of September 7th - October 26th; Session 2: The Week of November 2nd - December 23rd; Session 3: The Week of January 4th - February 22nd; Session 4: The Week of March 1st - May 3rd
Semester Fee:
  • $125
Class Description: Watch your child develop coordination, confidence in solo performance, and the ability to work with others through singing, playing, and movement.
  • This is an online course available as a set of 8 pre-recorded videos per session.
  • There are 4 sessions at $125 each, per Academic Year.
  • Video content released weekly, may be viewed at the convenience of caregiver and child.

Rossini Rascals (Online)

Instructor: Chloe Hurst (Department Head)
Recommended for: Ages 3-4
Class Time: Tuesdays, 11:00-11:45am Fridays, 4:00-4:45pm Saturdays, 1:15-2:00pm Saturdays, 12:15-1:00pm (2nd Semester Only)
Semester Fee:
  • $250
Class Description: In this online class, dive into musicianship skills with elements of the Orff and Kodaly methods with the exploration of several different percussive instruments. This is an online course offered by live video conferencing

Navigators (Online)

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head); Julia Bonnett
Recommended for: Ages 7-8
Class Time: Wednesdays, 5:00-5:45pm Saturdays, 11:15am-12:00pm
Semester Fee:
  • $250
Class Description: VAM Navigators will explore everything in the world of music from composers around the globe to the fine detail of the notes, rhythms and instruments that make up our musical landscape. Take out those telescopes and find the many notes that live on the musical staff!  Steer through rhythms using a wide variety of percussion instruments and leap from note to note while singing melodies.   Don't forget to study the maps of explorers before you! Discover the lives of composers who wrote the many pieces of music that we know and love.  Voyagers and Navigators will be able to use expert navigation skills to guide others through inviting other VAM students and staff as special guests and leading them through the journey of how musical instruments work and sound. This is an online course offered through live video conferencing.

Voyagers (Online)

Instructor: Chloé Hurst (Department Head), Julia Bonnett
Recommended for: Ages 5-6
Class Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45pm Saturdays, 10:15-11:00am
Semester Fee:
  • $250
Class Description: VAM Voyagers will explore everything in the world of music from composers around the globe to the fine detail of the notes, rhythms and instruments that make up our musical landscape. Take out those telescopes and find the many notes that live on the musical staff!  Steer through rhythms using a wide variety of percussion instruments and leap from note to note while singing melodies.   Don't forget to study the maps of explorers before you! Discover the lives of composers who wrote the many pieces of music that we know and love.  Voyagers and Navigators will be able to use expert navigation skills to guide others through inviting other VAM students and staff as special guests and leading them through the journey of how musical instruments work and sound. This is an online course offered through live video conferencing.