For children 5 and under
Combining music and nature to stimulate your child’s brain development while learning the fundamentals of music!
The early study of music is proven to increase children’s long-term brainpower, and being outdoors has shown to increase the brain’s capacity for learning. These early-childhood music classes are for outdoor enthusiasts who want to instill a love of getting active in nature in all kinds of weather with their little ones.
Miss Tweetie combines 20 years of experience developing early childhood music with her lifelong passion for being outdoors in all seasons.
Instead of traditional instruments, we will use what we find from pebbles to puddles, fields and hills! Through rain, snow or shine, the only limitation will be a temperature of -15 or below. So bring your rain-suits & galoshes or maybe your toques and sleds, depending on the forecast!
What is it?
Classes take place at Sandy Beach Park.
Take 50th Ave. SW (east off of Crowchild Tr.) all the way to the bottom of the hill.
Drive to the end and turn left into the parking lot.
You will see a large playground to your left as well as a small one. You will see a bench to the right of the small one.
We meet just past that bench down the hill.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR DIRECTIONS:
Under 12 months approximately: Our littlest ones will learning by watching and moving around with their grown-up. The more the grown-up sings and participates, the more they experience the music. However, they learn a lot by observing. Being outside and immersing them in nature is highly valuable!
12-24 months approximately: These toddlers will need a little extra help with some of the movement. They will not likely follow the actions as much as observe and explore the area. When their grown-ups sing and participate, they are stimulated by the music no matter what they are doing.
2-3 year olds approximately: These newly independent students will enjoy walking and running with the group. This is personality dependent, because some children ultimately prefer to observe, which just as effective! The grown-ups attending with them may need to help them with some jumping and climbing as well.
3 years and up: These pre-schoolers will be able to do most of our activities, if they want to. Grown-ups are invited to join in and sing along as their models but they will likely do so as well. At this age, their behaviour and response is personality dependent. Some children ultimately prefer to observe, especially at first, which just as effective!
Together we will custom design your outdoor birthday party extravaganza to celebrate your little one!
*group rate for up to 3 children, then $5 per additional child
If you refer a friend and they mention your name when they register, you will get a free class or $10 off your next monthly membership purchase!
Miss Tweetie, AKA Margaret Dahlberg, has been teaching early-childhood music for almost 20 years. She founded, created & built the popular Calgary program: Music Kids at Chinook School of Music (2005). She has combined her love of nature and her joy of music with her desire to teach Canadian heartiness to create MTMN. Margaret’s company, Guided Harmonies, offers services in music education, compositions & music therapy. Margaret is a pianist, performer and composer as well.