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Music First Class


Music First


Music First

music first

Give your child a head start

MUSIC FIRST helps your child

* Develop early literacy and language readiness

*Acquire reasoning and early math learning readiness

*Cultivate a lifelong love of music

* Increase self-control

What is music first?

Develop your child’s mind and spirit in this enjoyable and social class of singing, chanting, moving, and playing of simple percussion instruments. These classes will give your child a jumpstart in their musical development, so music will come much more easily to them in the future, and be an enjoyable part of their lives.

Fall and Winter semesters: 11 weeks, plus an orientation session for parents explaining Gordon Music Learning Theory and what parents can expect from the classes. The last class includes an evaluation report of your child’s musical development. A CD of class songs is provided.

Spring and Summer semesters: 6 weeks, no orientation or evaluation.

Class Levels:

Infant/Toddler (birth to 3 years) and Preschool (3-5 years) Children experience a wide variety of tonalities and meter through movement, singing, and playing of simple percussion instruments in a relaxed environment. Parents or other caregivers are required to participate. Class size limit: 10
Transitional (ages 5-7, based on musical readiness) Instructor recommendation is required. Focuses more on music theory and correct responses. Parents or other caregivers not required to attend. Class size limit: 6

Fall or Winter (11 weeks) $110.00
Spring or Summer (6 weeks) $60.00

Financial aid is available.
20% off for siblings enrolled in Music First classes & Free tuition is available to qualifying families for winter 2013 at all 3 CMS locations. Call today to learn more!

Registration and Class Calendar:

Winter Session 2014

Jan. 13-March 28, 6 weeks

Spring Session 2014

April 14-May 23, 6 weeks

Summer Session

Jun 2-August 22

Classes subject to enrollment

Music First is offered at all CMS locations as well as several off-site locations. Please call for current locations from Hastings to Battle Creek, Albion, Tekonsha, Marshall and more!

Music First Class


 Contact Us

Nancy Brown, Director
269.963.1911 x 2502

Dinah Vaden, Battle Creek Coordinator
269.963.1911 x 2585

Christianne Statler, Hastings Coordinator

Alexis Stark, Marshall Coordinator

 Locate Us

The Community Music School has three campuses; Battle Creek, Hastings, and Marshall.

Click here for maps to our locations

 Registration Info

Community Music School

Winter 2014

January 6- May 23, 19 weeks

Summer 2014

June 2 - August 22, 12 weeks

Registration open all semester

For registration and start up dates of each program please check out the pages for private lessons, Music First,and the Registration page.

 Financial Aid

CMS financial aid is available to families with under $50,000 in annual income. Other aid is available to qualifying families from area foundations and organizations. For more information, please contact the Music Center.

Some of the financial aid options are need based while others are not. Please call today to find out how we are able to keep music learning accessible and affordable for our community.

 Qualified Instructors Needed

National Guild of Arts Educators