Did you know that Opus 118 offers early childhood music classes as part of the After-School Program?
Since 2008, we have offered group classes for children between the ages of 2 and 5 using Music Within, a curriculum designed for Opus 118 by Sara Zur, Ph.D. Students and their caregivers learn basic music vocabulary through an interactive exploration of sounds and songs. We not only offer these classes onsite at our 125th Street facility, but also offer classes at partnering locations throughout Harlem. In the 2010-2011 school year, we had a record number of participants, with more than 450 students benefiting from these classes! According to one of the classroom teachers at our partner sites, students are better prepared for kindergarten because of Music Within. Children develop their motor skills by using hand percussion instruments. Many parents have also commented that their children were more outgoing as a result of the classes; those who participated in the onsite classes added that they looked forward to learning with their children on Saturday afternoons.
Our early childhood instructor, Catherine Meyers, is wonderful asset to Opus 118 and we're thrilled to be offering onsite classes through the After-School Program again this spring. Saturday classes are scheduled to begin on March 3rd and are offered at very affordable tuition rates, fulfilling Opus 118's commitment to the accessibility of music instruction in the greater Harlem area. Let our offices know if you, or someone you know, might be interested in joining the spring sessions of Music Within.
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