Foundation Classes at NGHBC are intended to give exactly that-a foundation. But it might not be a foundation for what seems obvious. Our classes for young children do give the foundation for learning an instrument later on, and they don't commit your child to a lifetime of professional performance but the classes increase the chances your child will succeed at whatever path she chooses. They set a foundation for many other things beside musical performance-- including language development, spatial-temporal skills, art appreciation and problem solving. There's even a chance that exposure to music in early childhood can increase IQ!
Mini-Musicians and Tuneful Tots are now on Thursday!
Now there are opportunities for young children at NGHBC two days a week, and we welcome children all the way down to age 3! (Classes for 3-6 years old are on Thursdays. Classes for 7-9 are on Fridays.)
As they progress through the Foundation Classes, they will learn the Solfege method of singing and they will work on recognizing and matching pitch. They will learn musical notation (some of our students learn to read music well before they learn to read books!) and by the time they graduate from the Foundation Classes, they will have the opportunity to perform on the soprano, alto and/or tenor recorders!
The Foundation Classes are taught in low-pressure, hands-on and FUN learning environments. The Preparatory Programs (for the older children in Foundation Classes) have practice requirements outside of the classroom, and students have individual time with a pass-off instructor every week for extra help on problem areas and to give them an opportunity to perform.
Some homeschool families have more than one child. (gasp) If that's the case and your younger child has finished his Foundation Class and is waiting on a sibling to finish an advanced class, the facilities we are at have plenty of room for the little ones to burn some extra energy!