Early Childhood Music Classes

In a fun and informal setting we sing, boogie, play percussive instruments, dance, listen, get very silly, sing lullabies and so much more. Together we explore sounds, words, pitch, tempo, melody, tone, meter, rhythm, dynamics, beat, movement and dance, all in a non-performance environment where every child and parent is able to experience their style of learning with no expectations – just play! Children can progress from one class to the next, following the Feierabend Music Curriculum as they grow! For more information about the curriculum, click here.

Class Activities:
– Singing
– Rhythmic chants
– Creative movement (from small finger-plays to large motor movement activities and dancing)
– Instrument play (The play-along jam session is a lot of fun!)

Dates:
Winter 2019 Session, Tuesdays, November 5th - December 10th
Winter 2020 Session A, Tuesdays, January 7th - February 4th
Winter 2020 Session B, Tuesdays, February 11th - March 10th
Spring 2020 Session Tuesdays, April 7th - May 5th
Location: Opus Music Academy
Instructor: Austin Bowling
6 week Sessions, 45 minutes each
Cost: $100 per session (paid in full or two payments of $50)
Participating parent is free

Sibling Discount: 25% off each additional sibling

Class Options

Itty Bitties 101 (ages 3 months-12 months) 9:00am-9:45am
Itty Bitties 201 (ages 12 months-18 months) 10:15am- 11:00am
Toddle Musicians 301 (ages 19 months-24 months) 11:15-12:00pm
Budding Musicians 401 (ages 2T -4T) 3:00-3:45

 

Itty Bitties 101 – 201

Mommy-Daddy and me time is one of your baby’s favorite things – AND it’s one of the best things for your baby’s developing mind. Your baby’s brain is filled with billions of neurons waiting to be connected through sensory stimulation. Opus Music Academy’s Mommy-Daddy and me baby music classes offer a sensory-rich environment to create and strengthen neural pathways, enhance your bond with your child, and help you understand the stages of their development.

Babies enjoy exploring, reacting to new sounds, sensations, and environments. They’ll begin to use developmentally appropriate instruments like: shakers, rattles, drums, and tambourines in activities designed to develop both hemispheres of the brain. There’s plenty of side-by-side play with other babies in class, and you’ll get to cuddle, hum, and dance together: all key inputs into your baby’s ability to develop early bonding and social skills.

Along with learning songs and exploring instruments, older infants will start to develop both gross and fine motor skills through fingerplays, movement, and discovering how their bodies work as they become new walkers.

No matter if your baby is 12 weeks, 12 months, or anywhere in between, there’s something for them to learn and ways to grow in Opus Music Academy’s Mommy-Daddy and me baby music classes.

Toddle Musicians 301 and Budding Musicians 401

For your developing toddler, every day brings new discoveries and opportunities to explore the world. Despite a display of independence, your toddler still longs for your safety and security. Opus Music Academy’s Mommy-Daddy and me music class (and Music and Me) for toddlers and preschoolers provide the comfort of the familiar while also seeking the challenge of something new.

Opus Music Academy’s toddler and preschool music classes encourage your child to be creative, to initiate their own ideas, and to respond in their own ways, while you as their parent or daycare provider participate, giving them the security they need. Playing instruments, singing, moving, and exploring uncover an engaging musical world while building their confidence, self-control, and communication skills.

Meet the Instructors: Austin Bowling

 

Austin first picked up a guitar when he was thirteen years old and instantly became hooked. During his high school and college careers, he played as part of jazz ensembles, school bands, and with various artists in genres such as Rock, Country, R&B, and Pop. Austin has experience as both a performer and producer and has taught music over the last eight years. He is currently working as a music director for The House Church in Eagan, Minnesota.

Austin is passionate about helping students not only learn their instruments but also develop their own style through their playing. He puts a solid emphasis on music theory and technique, and strives lay a solid foundation and instill the same excitement in his students that he felt when he first picked up a guitar.

Meet the Instructors: Maddie Olsem

Maddie Olsem holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a minor in Performing Arts. She has been capturing audiences with her voice and acting since an early age. Originally from Cedar Rapids, IA, Maddie moved to the Minneapolis Metro area to pursue her love of performance and music education.

Over the course of her musical career, she has performed with various theaters, choirs, and opera companies. Some of her favorite roles and performance adventures include Jo in Little Women: The Musical, touring with Lorie Line as her featured vocalist, Maggie in A Chorus Line, and Natalie in Faces a new musical that she helped premier at NYC’s 54 Below.

In addition to the performing arts, Maddie also found her passion for arts administration and education during her post graduate internship at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. There she served as the Washington National Opera Education Intern. Now she enjoys spreading her love of performance, arts administration, and education across the Midwest.

 

Meet the Instructors: Isaac Welsch

 

Isaac Welsch is an accomplished musician who has been playing for classical piano for 18 years and has recently delved further into jazz and the theory surrounding it. Isaac won the MMTA State Competition three times and he was also a finalist in the MMTA composition competition. In addition to solo piano, Isaac has performed with 6 different musical groups throughout the years.

Isaac attended Iowa State University and Michigan Technological University. Over the past 7 years, he was worked as a lifeguard, swim instructor, assistant manager, and as a math and ACT tutor. He is available for Piano, Music Theory, and Early Childhood Music.