Music For Tots™ Program Offered in Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Green Bay

September 16, 2010


Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Green Bay area families are invited to attend the Silver Lake College Music for Tots™ Program for Fall 2010.  The session will begin on Monday, September 27, 2010, and extend for ten consecutive weeks. Together with classes at the Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Green Bay sites, approximately 30 classes are currently being scheduled for this spring semester, with a total of about 220 children slated to participate.

Music for Tots™ classes are educational experiences for children from infancy through age five, with half-hour classes for the very young to three years of age, and forty-minute classes for the fours and fives.  Classes for the various ages are scheduled during the morning and early evening hours. Varying types of structured musical activities are planned for each class, according to the developmental level of the children.  Singing is the foundation of the curriculum, and simple children’s singing-games and folk songs are the appropriate tunes used in music making; movement and use of simple classroom instruments for keeping the beat are also significant activities.  Each class is limited to eight children within an age span of approximately one year, except for the older threes, fours and fives who participate together. Parents participate with their child in sessions for infants and toddlers.  In the transition age of three years, the children become more independent, and among the three-to-five year olds, the pre-schoolers participate in songs, rhythm games, and activities independently, with parents present but not actively involved.

Parents and teachers in the Silver Lake Music for Tots™ Program readily affirm that participation in these classes improves not only the tonal, listening, rhythmic and coordination skills of the children, but also their verbal and socialization skills, and their ability to follow directions, focus attention, and share with their peers.

Teachers in the program this semester at Silver Lake College include Cathy Perronne of Sheboygan, Michelle Peters and Katrina Buechner of Manitowoc, and Sr. Lorna Zemke, Director of the Program.  Other teachers include: Donna Schwinn and Sally Haines at Sheboygan site, and Pamela Quick in Green Bay.

Parents from the greater Manitowoc area who are interested in enrolling their infant, toddler, or pre-school child, should call the Silver Lake College Department of Music at 920-686-6173 regarding space in the class and details of registering.  If your message goes to voice mail, leave your name, your phone number, child’s name and date of birth.  If classes for your child’s age or convenient times are already filled for the fall session, your child’s name will be put on a waiting list for classes that begin in February, 2011.  A registration fee only, no materials fee, is charged

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