ChIMES (Childhood Introduction to Music Education, with Smiles) 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, movement, rhythm activities, percussion, and more. The interactive classes develop children’s musical, motor and aural skills and help facilitate learning in other areas. The program is specifically designed to create pathways for children to participate in ensemble-based programs for youth.


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 Fall 2019 Session (8 weeks)

FRIDAYS with Ms. Kat
Location: Casa del Prado, Room 205, Balboa Park
Dates: Sept 13 – Nov 1 (8-week session)
am (recommended for ages 0-2) — ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
10:45 am (recommended for ages 2+)

SATURDAYS with Mr. Charlie
Location: San Diego History Center, 2nd Floor Classroom, Balboa Park
Dates: Sept 14 – Nov 2 (8-week session)
9:45 am
(recommended for ages 0-2) — ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
10:45 am
(recommended for ages 2+)

Cost:  $125 per child/caregiver pair. $190 for 2 children/family. No additional cost for extra adult family members. $90 SDYS Families (Opus & Conservatory) and Balboa Park Employees


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