Sound Beginnings FAQ

How is the curriculum calendar structured?
The curriculum is organized into 6 non-sequential semesters. Each semester includes 15 sessions over a 4-month period.

How long and how frequent are the classes?
Classes are 30 minutes, taught weekly.

What is the cost of tuition?
Tuition is $140/semester ($35/month) for the first child age 0-4, or for more than one child from the same family, the family rate is $180/semester ($45/month)

What materials do I get?
Each semester includes a Home Study CD, a student manual, and a surprise percussion instrument.

What is the cost for materials?
The cost for materials is $35 each semester.

How big are the classes?
Classes typically have 5-8 families, with 7-10 children.

Why are they group lessons?
It has been well documented that children in group settings learn and perform better. They are more comfortable and stimulated in this environment. They thrive on the synergy and playful interaction of the Sound Beginnings class.

What is the parent involvement?
Parent involvement in music training is crucial. The parent/caregiver attends with the child every week and reviews class activities at home.

Is there any vocal training?
Sound Beginnings adheres to the philosophy that the voice is the first musical instrument. Most of class time is spent singing. The voice is trained to sing in tune, to sing naturally and openly, to sing in harmony, and to sing accompanied. At ages 2-4, specific tone, placement or support instruction is not completely beneficial. Sound Beginnings is not a performing group.

Can I register for the 2nd or 3rd semester without having been through the 1st semester?
Yes. Sound Beginnings is non-sequential, meaning that students can begin and end with any semester. There are no pre-requisites.

How is Sound Beginnings different from other music classes?
Sound Beginnings is full of songs, games and activities that expose children to important musical and preschool concepts and skills. It incorporates the philosophies of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze, adapted specifically for children ages 0-4. Classical music is introduced with “movement” that will forever endear children to this genre. There are numerous innovative, creative ideas for internalizing music, and ear training is emphasized from the start. Sound Beginnings is an excellent precursor to Let’s Play Music and Kindergarten.

Why should I enroll my child in Sound Beginnings?
Your child will LOVE it! You will love it because you will see him/her develop and demonstrate both musical and preschool skills. Your relationship with your child will grow as you enjoy class time and practice time together, in a playful, nurturing environment. Your outlook on playing with your child in a musical way will never be the same!

Let’s Play Music FAQ

What age is the program for?
Ideal starting age is 4 or 5 in September. However, since the skills and concepts taught are quite advanced, many children have begun classes at age 6 and finished successfully.

How is the curriculum calendar structured?
The curriculum is organized into 6 sequential semesters spanning 3 years. It follows the regular school year. Classes begin August 24 and run through the end of April. A recital will be held after the spring semester is over.

How long and how frequent are the classes?
Classes are taught weekly. 1st year: 45 minutes, 2nd year: 50 minutes, 3rd year: 55 minutes.

What is the cost of tuition?
First year tuition is $200/semester or 8 monthly installments of $50 each. Second year tuition is $220/semester or 8 monthly installments of $55 each. Third year tuition is $240/semester or 8 monthly installments of $60 each. There are 2 semesters every school year.

What materials do I get?
1st Year materials include an 8 Tone Bell Set with carrying case and mallets, student binder with weekly Lesson Guides and Theory Assignments, Flashcards, Home Study CDs, and a Tote Bag. 2nd and 3rd year materials include Piano Songbooks, Home Study CDs, Flashcards and new weekly Lesson Guides and Theory Assignments.

What is the cost for materials?
Cost for materials is approximately $88 for the 1st year and $63 for 2nd and 3rd years.

How big are the classes?
Optimum class size is 6-7 children, though there may be anywhere from 4-8

Why are they group lessons?
It has been well documented that children in group settings learn and perform better. They are more comfortable and stimulated in this environment. They thrive on the synergy and playful interaction of the Let’s Play Music class.

What is the parent involvement?
Parent involvement in music training is crucial. Parents are involved at home and in class. The first year, parent/caregiver attends with the child every other week. The second and third years, parent attendance is only once a month, though at home involvement remains high.

Is there any vocal training?
Let’s Play Music adheres to the philosophy that the voice is the first musical instrument. Most of class time is spent singing. The voice is trained to sing in tune, to sing naturally and openly, to sing in harmony, and to sing accompanied. At ages 4-8, specific tone, placement or support instruction is not completely beneficial. Let’s Play Music is not a performing group.

Which is emphasized more: ear-training or note-reading?
There is a beautiful balance of ear training and note reading in Let’s Play Music. Note reading is not delayed and the traditional letter names are taught so that graduates make a smooth transition to traditional private piano lessons.

Isn’t age 4-5 too young to learn piano?
Research has proven that age 4-5 is an ideal age for music instruction. The ears are at prime listening capacity and the brain is busy connecting a network of neurons. Let’s Play Music captures this opportunity window by training the ears without requiring the finger strength or dexterity that a piano does.

Can I register for the 2nd or 3rd year without having been through the 1st year?
No. Let’s Play Music is highly sequential, meaning that concepts are introduced and then built upon. Completion of the 1st year is a pre-requisite to registration for the 2nd year.

What are the main instruments for the second and third years?
The piano becomes the instrument for instruction and practice in the second and third years. Each child plays on his/her own keyboard in class and needs a keyboard with full-sized keys or a piano for practice at home. Because of the intensive training in staff reading during the first year, this transition to piano is smooth and natural.

What do students do after 3 years of Let’s Play Music?
After graduation, students are prepared to excel in private piano instruction. They enter private lessons with knowledge of note names, rhythmic values, chord structure, etc, and with skills of playing scales and cadences in five keys, transposing, and composing.

How is Let’s Play Music different from other keyboard methods?
Let’s Play Music is the only program that contains over 25 original songs, games and activities that teach precise musical concepts. It incorporates the philosophies of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze and adapts them specifically to the piano. Classical music is introduced in “puppet shows” that will forever endear children to this genre. There are numerous innovative, creative ideas for internalizing music. In addition to these items, Let’s Play Music differs from traditional piano methods in that musical concepts are taught through games and full body involvement, it is in a class setting, and ear training is emphasized from the start. Let’s Play Music also differs from other “ear-training” based methods in that note reading is emphasized from the onset and that the traditional letter names are used.

Why should I enroll my child in Let’s Play Music?
Your child will LOVE it! You will love it because you will see him/her demonstrate advanced musical concepts and skills. Your relationship with your child will grow as you enjoy class time and practice time together, in a playful, nurturing environment. Your child’s talent will become evident as he/she develops into a musician with an in-depth understanding of music theory, classical form, harmony and composition. Your outlook on teaching children music will never be the same!