Pathways To Music Offering Fall Classes

The Musical Journeys Program of the Fredonia School of Music recently announced that online registration is now available for Pathways to Music – classes for children ages 6 months through 5 years old. Now in its fifth year, Pathways to Music offers an exciting opportunity for children and parents to discover music while singing, moving, listening, dancing and playing.

Designed to be developmentally age-appropriate, each class is for one child and one accompanying parent or guardian. Pathways to Music combines songs, finger plays, dances, bouncing and circle games, vocal and instrument exploration, lullabies and more. What feels like a weekly play group also encourages the development of language, motor, creative and social skills in young children.

Three classes will be offered this fall: Pioneers (ages 6 months to 24 months) will meet Saturdays from 9:30-10 am; Explorers (2- and 3 year-olds) will meet Saturdays from 10-10:45 a.m.; and Adventurers (4- and 5-year-olds) will meet Tuesdays from 6:15-7 p.m. Total cost for the 10-week course is $95 for Pioneers and $125 for Explorers and Adventurers. Beginning Sept. 16 and Sept. 20, all classes will be held in the gymnasium of the Campus and Community Children’s Center.

Modeled after “First Steps in Music” by Dr. John Feierabend of the University of Hartford, the curriculum used for Pathways to Music is a holistic approach to age-specific early childhood music education. Faculty members for Pathways to Music have extensive training and experience.

Sonja Inglefield earned a master’s degree in early childhood music pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She spent almost 10 years teaching early childhood music for the Peabody Preparatory and in the Baltimore City Schools before moving to Western New York. Kay Barlow has Level 1 Certification from the Center for Music and Young Children and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, in addition to Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees. She has been a recipient of the Chautauqua County Early Childhood Award for Excellence in teaching.

“In Pathways to Music, children are encouraged to explore creative expression,” Inglefield said. “Every year, more research confirms the positive influence of music and movement on the healthy development of children.”

To register online, please visit www.fredonia.edu/music/community/pathways.asp.

For more information, call Sonja Inglefield at 673-3599.