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.

Did you know?

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.

Registration is now open for our spring classes. More details are listed below under “Upcoming Session & Registration Details”.

Upcoming Session & Registration Details

March 1-Day Seasonal Workshop: “ChIMES Greatest Hits” — REGISTER NOW!

Join us as we break out all of our favorite songs and activities from the past year into one fun-filled class. From popular kids songs to classical, our “greatest hits” will have your family singing, moving and making music together. Plus, enjoy a special craft time with your child, where you can make your own musical instrument to take home!

Friday, March 13 with Ms. Kat
9:30 a.m. (Level 1, “First Movement” for babies)
WAITLIST ONLY: 10:30 a.m. (Level 2, “Second Movement” for toddlers) — Add Me to the Waitlist
Location: Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Room 205

Saturday, March 14 with Mr. Charlie
9:30 a.m. (Level 1, “First Movement” for babies)
WAITLIST ONLY: 10:30 a.m. (Level 2, “Second Movement” for toddlers) — Add Me to the Waitlist
11:30 a.m. (Level 3, “Third Movement” for preschoolers)
Location: Balboa Park, History Center 2nd floor classroom

Cost: $18 per parent/child pair, $25 for 2+ kids, $15 for Balboa Park employees and SDYS families

 

Spring 2020 Session: “All About Animals” (8 weeks) — REGISTER NOW!

Join us as we explore all kinds of amazing animals through song, dance, movement and instrument play — from springtime birds, bugs and insects to zoo, jungle and farm animals.

Fridays with Ms. Kat
9:30 a.m. (Level 1, “First Movement” for babies)
WAITLIST ONLY: 10:30 a.m. (Level 2, “Second Movement” for toddlers) — Add Me to the Waitlist
Location: Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Room 205

Dates: March 20 – May 15 (8-week session, NO CLASS on April 17)

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Saturdays with Mr. Charlie
9:30 a.m. (Level 1, “First Movement” for babies)
WAITLIST ONLY: 10:30 a.m. (Level 2, “Second Movement” for toddlers) — Add Me to the Waitlist
11:30 a.m. (Level 3, “Third Movement” for preschoolers)
Location: Balboa Park, History Center 2nd floor classroom

Dates: March 21 – May 16 (8-week session, NO CLASS on May 2)

Cost: $125 per parent/child pair, $190 for 2+ kids, $90 for Balboa Park employees and SDYS families

Learn more about the different classes offered in Balboa Park

Which class is right for my child?

ChIMES Level 1: “First Movement” for babies
Recommended for ages 0 up to 18 months

“Modeling”
Phase: Parents/caregivers are the primary models and teachers. Children observe and imitate, and begin to participate as they get older, develop more skills, and become more familiar with the class routine.

What to Expect: Singing, dancing, lap songs and bounces, peek-a-boo games, scarves and movement, basic rhythm activities, guest musicians and instrument show and tell, hands-on play with egg shakers, tambourines and other instruments!

ChIMES Level 2: “Second Movement” for toddlers
Recommended for ages approximately 18 months to 3 yrs old

“Exploring”
Phase: Children observe, imitate and participate in more involved ways as they become familiar with the class routine and become more developmentally able to manipulate their voices, bodies and musical instruments. They begin to interact with others in class and it becomes more of a parent/child experience rather than parent-led.

What to Expect: Building on Level 1 skills, with more emphasis on singing and solfege (e.g. “Do-Re-Mi…”) as language skills emerge, introduction to harmony and intervals, dancing and large movement, creative expression, more advanced rhythm activities, guest musicians and instrument show and tell, instrument play with rhythm sticks, shakers, bells, drums and more!

ChIMES Level 3: “Third Movement” for preschoolers
Recommended for ages approximately 3 – 5 yrs old

“Creating & Doing”
Phase: Children participate more fully and begin to generate their own ideas, sounds and movements. The class has transitioned from parent-led to child-led. Parents and caregivers still actively participate, but children in this class are more independent and also engage with their peers and teacher.

What to Expect: Building stronger ensemble skills through more advanced singing (including scales, solfege, intervals, two-parts), rhythm activities and movement; improvising and creative expression; new instruments (including pitched percussion like chime bars/glockenspiels and unpitched instruments like drums, wood blocks, triangles, etc); introduction to basic music notation and concepts through age-appropriate games and play.

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