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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 is a program of the San Diego Youth Symphony, a non-profit organization that has offered quality music education programs and enriched lives through music for over 75 years. We believe that music is a vehicle for giving young people the social, emotional, and academic skills that transcend traditional educational models and prepare them to enter 21st-century adulthood.

ChIMES classes, for children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers, provide meaningful music-making experiences that strengthen family connections and enhance early growth and development. Children develop musical motor skills through singing, movement, rhythm activities, hands-on instrument play, and exposure to a variety of orchestra instruments and genres of music. The program is specifically designed to create pathways for children to participate in ensemble-based programs for youth. View ChIMES Flyer

We are now enrolling for the first 4-week “Surf, Sun, and Fun” Summer session! 

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ChIMES “Surf, Sun, and Fun” Summer Sessions 

We will be offering two sessions of ChIMES this summer – a 4-week session beginning the week of June 7, and a second 4-week session beginning the week of July 12.

Classes will feature songs and activities about the beach, ocean critters, and outdoor adventures. Come play with us in our musical sandbox this summer! These 45-minute classes are for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, with English/Spanish bilingual options.


Summer Session I (JUNE)

WEDNESDAYS (Outdoors) – LIBERTY STATION with Mr. Charlie
9:30 a.m. – Babies/Toddlers (CANCELED)
10:30 a.m. – Toddlers/Preschoolers (CLASS FULL – WAITLIST ONLY)
June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29

THURSDAYS (Outdoors) – BALBOA PARK (Marston House) with Miss Michelle
9:30 a.m. Babies/Toddlers (CLASS FULL – WAITLIST ONLY)
10:30 a.m. – Toddlers/Preschoolers (CLASS FULL – WAITLIST ONLY)
June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30

FRIDAYS (Outdoors) – BALBOA PARK (Marston House) with Miss Michelle
9:30 a.m. – Toddlers English/Spanish Bilingual (ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT!)
10:30 a.m. – Mixed Ages English/Spanish Bilingual (CLASS FULL – WAITLIST ONLY)
June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1

SATURDAYS (Outdoors) – LIBERTY STATION with Miss Kat
9:30 a.m. – Babies/Toddlers (CLASS FULL – WAITLIST ONLY)
10:30 a.m. – Preschoolers (CLASS FULL – WAITLIST ONLY)
June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2

Cost: $85 for one child ($75 one-time discount rate for first-time families)
Additional Sibling rate: +$50
(Younger siblings under 6 months old may attend for free)

Special thanks to the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) for hosting ChIMES classes at the Marston House.

All enrolled families will also have access to the online ChIMES Video Library, songbook, supplemental materials, and curated playlists, which are a great way to continue the music at home in between classes!

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Add-on options:
+$12 ChIMES Instrument kit (several instruments that are used frequently during class)
+$20 for two ChIMES Instrument kits


ChIMES Class Policies

Registration & Payment: Paying the full ChIMES registration fee (online, prior to the start of a session) guarantees your spot for all classes in that session.  No prorated fees for classes missed.  No refunds given within one week of start date.

Class offerings are based on minimum enrollment. If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, you have the option to take a credit for a future session, or request a refund.

Waitlist: If a class is at maximum enrollment, you may join the waitlist. If a spot opens up in your desired class, someone from the ChIMES team will get in touch with you. No payment is required until you are notified of an open spot and choose to enroll.

COVID Health/Safety Protocols: Classes are currently held outdoors.  We ask that families please do their part to ensure social distancing throughout class, and wear a mask (for those over age 2) if distancing is not possible. Masks and distancing requirements subject to change per State and County decisions. Classes will be limited to 14 children plus parent/caregiver(s).

Instruments: Families can either purchase a ChIMES instrument kit, or bring their own instruments to use during class.

A full list of class policies and procedures will be sent to families prior to the start of the session.

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