ChIMES, Childhood Introduction to Music Education, with Smiles! (formerly Baby and Me Music, BAMM) is an SDYS program that highlights one of the most integral phases of child growth and development:  the period of growth that takes place from birth to age 5.  

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SDYS Childhood Introduction to Music Education with Smiles!By the time a baby turns one year old, their brain will have grown to 70% of its adult size. By age three, the brain reaches 85% of its total growth. Creating music, and the human interaction that accompanies music making, involves multi-sensory activities that grow and foster strong brain growth and healthy interaction between young children and their caregivers. ChIMES classes are designed to enhance and further child development while building healthy attachment between the child and caregiver through hands-on play with instruments, singing, percussion, and more.


ChIMES: open to all families with children 0-5 years old. Singing, movement, dancing, and a variety of percussion instruments to engage, stimulate, model, and replicate.

ChIMES Second Movement (to be offered later in 2019): open to all families with children 3-5 years old and who have participated in at least 1 ChIMES class. A continuation of the singing, movement, dancing, and percussion instruments from before, but taken to a deeper level.

ChIMES Spring Session (6 weeks)

Location: Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Building Room 205
Dates & Times:
Friday March 29 – Friday May 10 (NO CLASS on May 3)
9:45am (recommended for ages 0-2) — WAITLIST ONLY*
10:45am (recommended for ages 2-5 years) — WAITLIST ONLY*

Location: San Diego History Center, 2nd Floor Classroom
Dates & Times:
Saturday March 30 – Saturday May 11 (NO CLASS on May 4)
9:45am (recommended for ages 0-2) — WAITLIST ONLY*
10:45am (recommended for ages 2-5 years) — WAITLIST ONLY*

*If you wish to be added to the waitlist and notified if a spot opens up, please email Please note no registration fees are due until you are notified of an open spot for which to enroll.

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