Opening Acts (ages 2-6*)
*Special accommodations for students outside of the age range may be approved upon request*
Spring 2019 Session Dates!
Spring Session: April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18
Attendance at all class sessions is not necessary–you can join when you want and come when you can!
*February 2 and March 2 were not included in the original list of class dates
Opening Acts is a great way for young children to get an introduction to music. Children and their parents attend weekly sessions, from 10:30-11:15am on Saturdays, and experience music by singing, dancing, playing small instruments, moving to music, leaning to keep a steady beat, and many more activities. The cost is $15 per class session. Save 10% by paying for all 12 weeks of class in advance (or 5% by paying for all 6 weeks of one session in advance)! Bring a friend and receive a free class session! Please contact us for more information. Below, please find a more detailed description of the class.
Opening Acts is an early childhood music program developed by board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) and certified neurologic music therapist (NMT), Izzy Branch. It is an inclusive program for all children ages two to six that uses music and imaginative play to create a fun, engaging, rewarding, and developmentally appropriate learning environment. Class activities are adapted based on the individuals participating in the class. All students are set up for success and are able to participate and flourish regardless of their ability level.
Opening Acts focuses on strengthening the bond between parent and child (or other caregiver), through singing, dancing, instrument exploration, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and more! All activities are developmentally appropriate to foster early learning skills and give the accompanying adult extra tools to use with the child throughout the day.
Opening Acts is the perfect blend of imaginative play, music exploration, and music skill foundations. Students in this class will practice appropriate fine and gross motor, language, sensory, and social development skills while having the opportunity to explore a variety of instruments. Studies have shown early childhood, a time of rapid growth and brain development, is the optimal time to start this musical journey. In addition, students and parents will be a part of a joyful music making experience. These classes lay a solid foundation for future musical experiences such as choir, piano, and other instrument lessons.
To learn more about music therapy and neurologic music therapy, visit the American Music Therapy Association at ww.musictherapy.org/events/earlychild/ and The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy at nmtacademy.com
“Music Therapy is a systematic process of intervention wherein the therapist helps the client to promote health, using music experiences and the relationships that develop through them as dynamic forces of change.” — Dr. Kenneth Bruscia
For young children, music therapy provides opportunities for growth and development within an engaging and motivating musical experience. For the families of young children, music therapy creates interactive experiences in which families learn and incorporate meaningful musical play into their lives. The goals and outcomes of music therapy for young children are developmental and support healthy growth. The music used in music therapy for young children is developmentally appropriate, dynamic and active.