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, 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

All spring classes (Friday & Saturdays, 9:45/10:45) are at maximum enrollment and are now closed.

Please check back soon – we will post details on a May seasonal workshop and summer sessions as soon as they are available. Thank you!

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