Sprouting Melodies

Sprouting Melodies

What is Sprouting Melodies?

Sprouting Melodies® is a unique, award-winning early childhood music program in which you and your little one sing, play, and move to music that is specifically designed to promote healthy early development.

What Makes Sprouting Melodies Unique?

Sprouting Melodies® is a music therapy based early childhood program designed and led by Board Certified Music Therapists to create child-centered musical experiences for the whole family in each and every music class. Sprouting Melodies integrates all that we, as music therapists, know about young children, development and musical responses. Sprouting Melodies provides consistent music experiences through which the child’s overall development is supported and strengthened. Parents are given specific tools and music strategies to support their child’s growth at home.

Qualifications of Providers

All Sprouting Melodies Providers™ are Board Certified Music Therapists who have received specialized training in early childhood development and early childhood music.

Content of Songs

 

 

Songs used in Sprouting Melodies are designed to promote early childhood development and family connections. Song lyrics are written to support functional and useful language and communication. Each Sprouting Melodies Provider is free to use developmentally appropriate songs and music that best meet the needs of each Sprouting Melodies member and each Sprouting Melodies group.

Universal Acceptance

Sprouting Melodies Providers™ offer non-judgmental acceptance of all children and families. The Sprouting Melodies Provider is equipped to guide all children and families through the sometimes difficult process of growing up. Sprouting Melodies is a community where the focus is on inclusion rather than exclusion.

Meet our Music Therapists

Emily Todd                        Maureen Young 

 

Sprouting Melodies® Preview Session
Instructor: Maureen Young, MT-BC
Thursdays:  January 3rd – February 21st

1 – 3 years:         9:30 am – 10:15 am
0 – 18 months:  10:30 am – 11:15 am

8-Week Session – $176.00
To register call the Music School office at 603-644-4548

Spring Session – 7 weeks
Tuition: $154.00
 
Tuesday Classes – March 5th – April 16th
Instructor: Shannon Laine, MT-BC
Sprouting Melodies 3 (18 mos-3 years):   10:00 am – 10:45 am
Sprouting Melodies 2 (6-18 mos):           11:00 am – 11:45 am
Sprouting Melodies 1 (0-9 mos):             12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Thursday Classes – March 7th – April 18th
Instructor: Maureen Young, MT-BC
Sprouting Melodies 3 (18 mos-3 years):   9:30 am – 10:1 5 am
Sprouting Melodies 2 (6-18 mos):           10:30 am – 11:15 am
Sprouting Melodies 1 (0-9 mos):             11:30 pm – 12:15 pm
Friday Classes – March 5th – April 16th
Instructor: Shannon Laine, MT-BC
Sprouting Melodies 3 (18 mos-3 years):   10:00 am – 10:45 am
Sprouting Melodies 2 (6-18 mos):           11:00 am – 11:45 am
Family Sprouts (all young children):        12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
New FamiliesTest Drive Coupon
Want to Test Drive a class and see what it’s all about?
The Test Drive Coupon invites new families to attend a class just to check it out. If you register for a session that day, we’ll waive the registration fee!

Download a Test Drive Coupon

Multi-Session Discount
Register for 3 sessions at once and get 10% off your total tuition.

Sibling Discount
Receive 50% off a sibling’s tuition
Siblings under 6 months are free

Session Rates

5-week session – $100.00
6-week session – $132.00
7-week session – $154.00
8-week session – $176.00

Sprouting Melodies Class Descriptions

Sprouting Melodies 1
Even at the earliest stages of development, we know that infants are stimulated and comforted by music. Babies 0-9 months old participating in Sprouting Melodies 1 with their parent or caregiver will be joining in simple song structures that increase their awareness of themselves and others, nurture healthy bonds and develop trust with the world around them. With all that we know about brain development in infancy, it is really all that we can’t see at this age that is so incredibly vital to healthy growth. The repetition of musical experiences designed specifically for your little one will lay the ground work for a life full of learning!

Sprouting Melodies 2
For babies and young toddlers, music is all about exploring! Exploring the sounds, the touch, the feel, and yes, even the taste of everything around them! The active music making and music listening in Sprouting Melodies 2 is designed to support children 6-18 months old as they build trust and increase their understanding of the world around them. The engaging songs immerse the babies in the musical experiences and provide many new ways to learn about themselves. They also find that they can control many things as they learn to make music independently with a variety of instruments including drums, maracas and bells. Socially, these young children begin to anticipate and initiate the play as they explore being in music!

Sprouting Melodies 3
Between 18 months and 3 years of age, each day is an adventure full of growth and exploration! Songs become learned and mastered, and young children want to show off their new skills and independence. Within our music experiences, Sprouting Melodies 3 provides the routine that toddlers crave yet provides the freedom and creativity for children to grow in self-expression and to build social relationships with their peers in music. Through instrument play, movement and singing songs, children in this group will be supported as they move through their own personal journey of social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth.

Family Sprouts
All young children can learn and grow in music. Family Sprouts gathers kids and families together and provides opportunities for children of different ages to learn and interact together. In music making, as in development, babies, toddlers and preschoolers have unique needs. Each Family Sprouts class includes active music making designed to elicit different responses from the children based on their cognitive, social and physical skills. The Sprouting Melodies Provider (R) will be able to direct parents on how the experience for children of different ages will be unique. This is also a great class for siblings and twins and will give you lots of new ways to incorporate music in your family time at home.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sprouting Melodies®?
Sprouting Melodies® is a unique, award-winning early childhood music program in which you and your little one sing, play, and move to music that is specially designed to promote healthy early development.

Who runs Sprouting Melodies® classes?
Every Sprouting Melodies Provider™ is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who has received specialized training in early childhood development and early childhood music. As a qualified professional, the Sprouting Melodies Provider™ is skilled at making the early music experience a successful one for all children and families. At Sprouting Melodies® we have the extensive training and experience to create and lead musical adventures that meet your child’s needs and move the whole group forward developmentally on a weekly basis. We also have the clinical training and judgment to modify classes to meet unique individual needs.

What makes Sprouting Melodies® unique?
Sprouting Melodies® is unique in approach, attitude and qualification of Providers.

  • The focus of Sprouting Melodies® is to provide families with an opportunity for overall growth and development through music experiences.
  • The Sprouting Melodies® attitude is one of support and community in a non- judgmental atmosphere.
  • The Providers are all Board Certified Music Therapists with additional early childhood training and their professional qualifications are the key ingredient to success in each Sprouting Melodies® class.

Is Sprouting Melodies® right for my child?
Absolutely. Sprouting Melodies® is a musical place where every child can grow and develop. All children are welcome in Sprouting Melodies®.

“My daughter’s [earlier] inability to communicate with words was a great source of frustration for both of us. In just a few short weeks at Sprouting Melodies, by singing the same songs around the house, her language skills have exploded! Her willingness to try using words has greatly improved and dramatically cut down on tantrums. I highly recommend these classes and am grateful that she seems to be catching up with her peers.”

Who goes to the Sprouting Melodies® classes?
Sprouting Melodies® classes are for all young children! Sprouting Melodies® provides age specific groupings so that the music and environment can be tailored to the developmental level of each group.

Sprouting Melodies® 1 is for infants birth through 9 months
Sprouting Melodies® 2 is for babies 6 to 18 months
Sprouting Melodies® 3 is for toddlers 18 months to 3 years
Family Sprouts is a mixed age group from all children under five and is perfect for families with more than one child.

Sprouting Melodies® classes are designed to foster mutual engagement and development so every child comes with a grownup. The grownup could be a parent, grandparent, extended family member or a caregiver.

Do I need a music background to bring my child to Sprouting Melodies®?
One of the core beliefs of Sprouting Melodies® is that every child and every person is inherently musical and that every child and every person has a right to be musical. Since music is a natural part of being human, all you need to bring is you!

What kind of music will we experience in Sprouting Melodies®?
The music used in Sprouting Melodies® classes is live, participatory and developmentally appropriate. That means that you and your child will sing, play instruments, and move to music. All the music of Sprouting Melodies® is composed based on research into natural responses to music at each developmental level. Each Sprouting Melodies Provider™ chooses the songs and musical material most suitable for each group. The classes are structured ‘by the child not by the book’.

The songs are designed to be sing-able, both for you and your child and the focus of the words is on functional language and communication. When appropriate, simple and functional sign language is also incorporated. Repetition and practice are key in early childhood, and so we provide lots of time for you and your child to make the music your own.

While easy to sing and remember, the songs are also designed to celebrate the depth, beauty and excitement of a wide variety of musical material. The songs are simple, but not simplistic; child-like but not childish.

What will we do in a Sprouting Melodies® class?
Each Sprouting Melodies® class will involve an assortment of carefully selected music making experiences, including:

  • singing songs
  • experimenting with musical babble
  • exploring and playing with simple instrument such as maracas, tone bars, jingle bells or drums
  • moving to music in both free and structured ways
  • reading books set to music
  • moving and playing with scarves
  • exploring puppets or toys

Each class is designed to flow smoothly from one music experience to the next through the use of transition songs. Songs also provide a complete range of musical moods such as quiet or thoughtful or joyous or triumphant.

We are very aware of specific age differences, so at Sprouting Melodies® your child will participate in age-appropriate activities in a small group setting with children of his or her own developmental stage. In our classes, no one is ever bored or left out! We always focus on age- and stage-appropriate fun, music and learning.

What will my child get out of Sprouting Melodies® class?
Being in a Sprouting Melodies® class means that your child will have a place to make and share music that is developmentally appropriate, engaging and meaningful. Your child will experience consistent and supportive opportunities for learning and growing through the songs and the music therapist’s approach. Your child will also discover his or her own musicality and have a chance to become themselves in music. Because there are no cookie-cutter kids, we offer no cookie-cutter classes. We quickly discover how to reach your child’s unique needs in the Sprouting Melodies® group and invite them to enter into the joyful discovery of music making.

What will I get out of Sprouting Melodies® class?
Being in a Sprouting Melodies® class is a perfect way to share special time with your little one. Making music with your child gives you a chance to play together, learn about each other, and develop experiences that have shared and lasting meaning. The songs you sing in class will become valuable tools that your family will use all week long! They will become a wonderful way to communicate and help build healthy relationships in your whole family.

In Sprouting Melodies® you will become part of a community where the joys and challenges of parenting or care-giving are understood. The Sprouting Melodies Provider™ will share practical information about development and help you to better understand the stages of learning your child is going through. In addition, we have found that many parents have made their closest parent friendships in Sprouting Melodies® as they have shared these precious stages of parenthood with the other children and parents in the group.

What Makes Sprouting Melodies Unique 
Sprouting Melodies® is a music therapy based early childhood program designed and led by Board Certified Music Therapists to create child-centered musical experiences for the whole family in each and every music class. Sprouting Melodies integrates all that we, as music therapists, know about young children, development and musical responses. Sprouting Melodies provides consistent music experiences through which the child’s overall development is supported and strengthened. Parents are given specific tools and music strategies to support their child’s growth at home.

Focus is on the Child’s Development
The Sprouting Melodies program focuses first and foremost on the child’s development and the family connections that happen in a natural, developmentally appropriate music making experience. Music skills and musical competence is often a by-product of this immersion in early childhood music experiences, but it is not the primary goal.

Qualifications of Providers
All Sprouting Melodies Providers™ are Board Certified Music Therapists who have received specialized training in early childhood development and early childhood music.

Flexibility in Providing Individualized Experiences
Education and training in music therapy strategies and interventions gives the Sprouting Melodies Providers skill in providing individualized, flexible early childhood music experiences.

Content of Songs
Songs used in Sprouting Melodies are designed to promote early childhood development and family connections. Song lyrics are written to support functional and useful language and communication. Each Sprouting Melodies Provider is free to use developmentally appropriate songs and music that best meet the needs of each Sprouting Melodies member and each Sprouting Melodies group.

Role of the parents in the group
Sprouting Melodies gives parents and family members the tools they need to make connections with their child through music; to incorporate music into everyday family life; and into the family relationships. Sprouting Melodies parents and family members are encouraged to share music from their traditions and culture in Sprouting Melodies groups.

Age Specific Groupings
Sprouting Melodies recognizes that the span of early childhood has many different developmental levels. Sprouting Melodies sessions are grouped according to age so that the sessions will be specific to the child’s developmental needs.

Format of Sessions
Each Sprouting Melodies session is created by the Sprouting Melodies ProviderTM to meet the developmental needs of the children and the unique musical characteristics of the families. The Sprouting Melodies session format is always flexible and responsive to in-the-moment music making of the children and families.

Universal Acceptance
Sprouting Melodies Providers offer non-judgmental acceptance of all children and families. The Sprouting Melodies Provider is equipped to guide all children and families through the sometimes difficult process of growing up. Sprouting Melodies is a community where the focus is on inclusion rather than exclusion.

Group Dynamics and Opportunities for Success for All Participants
The combination of board certification, detailed knowledge of early development and facility in managing individual needs within a group enable the Sprouting Melodies Provider to steer all children and families into productive, positive music making experiences.

The Sprouting Melodies Provider has studied and explored all facets of group dynamics and behavior and knows strategies and interventions that enable each Sprouting Melodies member to gain from structured and supported music making experiences in each session.