The Stage Coach Jr.
Music & Movement Classes for ages 3-5
This page is where we break away from all the competition and the career planning and strategic auditioning. Here we can talk about playing music, simply for the joy of it. When all is said and done, you don't need any better reason to play or listen to music. To those of you who don't know me from the rest of the site, I'm Susan. I have been involved in the performing arts since I was a young child in New York. I call this page "The Stage Coach Jr" because I happen to be a certified life coach and I coach people who want a life on stage. So, my company was 'The Stage Coach" (I since changed the name) When I started the Music & Movement classes I just added the Jr. and have kept it. I guess this is the shortest bio ever, but I really do happen to be an open book. So please contact me for any additional information, questions or just to talk.
A Bit About Music
Music is a crucial part of development of a child's brain. All of the science and research that goes into that statement is absolutely mind boggling, but it is easily accessible if you put the key words in google. What I do know is that there isn't any subject that children study in school that doesn't have a tie to music.
Math- Music is math in fact in the classes that I teach, the first and most important thing I try to instill is keeping a steady beat. There are all kinds of variations, but it is all based around that steady beat.
Language- Music is a language all its own. Yet it transcends all languages because anyone can learn it
Science- Music Theory is the science of music. To get my degree I had to study a few semesters of it. There are people who dedicate their entire lives to the study of it.
Athletics- Well, you can't have... (Or should I say you shouldn't have) music without dancing or movement of some kind. They are meant to go together and in my classes I absolutely make sure they do.
History- There is plenty of music history to study for a lifetime.
The Unkown- There are so many things we can't explain. Music has its unexplainable bits as well. Some people can listen to a series of notes or chord progressions and smile or nod or maybe just turn away. And some people can listen to the exact same piece of music and be moved to tears. Why does this happen? Scientists may have their theories but, the truth is, no one really knows why music affects people the way it does. If you ask me, I'll say it's because music is magic. And who doesn't want a little magic in their life?
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” -Albert Einstein
Music & Movement Classes for Preschoolers
These classes are 30 minutes each. Up to 10 students per class. If we go over the number of students, we will break the class in 2. Not 10 and 1 More like 6 and 5. We want a lot of socialization and a lot of individual time to be used in each 30-minute session.
1. Each class will start out with a "We Welcome You" song. Which will be followed by me handing out the instruments. These are not toys. They are actual wooden drums, tambourines, bells, etc. Everyone will get an instrument, and nobody will get the same thing 2x in row. After a while kids have favorites and I do let them choose.
2. The next 10 minutes is usually spent singing. Fun, silly and songs that teach some basic sign language moves. The songs may be partially in Spanish or French or a made-up language just for the kids. This is a big favorite part of class
3. The Last 10 minutes everyone is on their feet, and we are acting, dancing or moving somehow to a song that has been specifically made for these classes. An example is "A trip to the zoo" The song is telling us where we are at the zoo and what animal we are seeing "Oh no it's the Lions" and everyone has to act like a lion. Then there are Giraffes, Elephants. Other songs have them walking in space. It's a whole little production start to finish in under 10 minutes.
I give out stickers to everyone which is nice if your child is in a full day program, you will know that I saw them, and we played together. I can even write specific notes for parents just letting them know how their child did. Or what we did etc.
I am not ever too busy to talk to a parent after class.