Tinker Bells 1
Children ages three to five, together with a parent, learn how to play the five tones of the pentatonic scale on the bells. They use these tones to play parts of folk songs. The pacing of the class is appropriate for young children, incorporating movement, singing, and games. While it is not necessary for the children to play at home, those who do will demonstrate visible results.
This four-week, forty-five-minute class, led by Eclectic Music founder/director Casey McCann, is next available on Saturdays from March 4 through March 25 at 9:00 AM at 1015 Edgewood Avenue NE (inside Inman Park Church).
Tinker Bells 2
Once children ages three to five can play three songs (such as “Hot Cross Buns,” “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” or “Let Us Chase The Squirrel”) all the way through without assistance, they are ready for Tinker Bells 2. In this class, children are still accompanied by their parents. They learn rhythm patterns and are introduced to musical symbols in preparation for reading music. They also learn more complex melody patterns and put them together to form longer songs. Every time they repeat Tinker Bells 2, they will learn more songs and strengthen their skills.
This class is not currently offered - try Tinker Bells 1 first!
Bell Melodies 1
This class is for kindergarten through second grade, independent of their parents. There is no prerequisite. Children learn to play the five tones of the pentatonic scale on the bells and use them to play folk songs in their entirety, at first using letters and eventually using standard musical notation. We incorporate games, movement, singing, and kid-friendly musical instruments other than the bells in order to keep the class engaging and age-appropriate. While it is not necessary for the children to play at home (with either desk bells or resonator bells), those who do will demonstrate results.
A PARENT'S REMARKS:
“Casey has developed an ingenious way to teach the skill of reading music. In four short classes, my 6-year-old was able to read notes.
My older child learned music via traditional piano lessons, and I can confidently say that Casey’s bells method has far better results, along with being more enjoyable for the child. My daughter looks forward to practicing bells, whereas practicing the piano in early stages can require much persuasion and be quite a drag.
Overall, we have had a phenomenal experience with the bells, and my child has acquired fundamental music skills by doing something she loves.
— Caroline B.
This four-week, forty-five-minute class, led by Eclectic Music founder/director Casey McCann, is next available on Saturdays from March 4 through March 25 at 10:00 AM OR Tuesdays from January 24 through February 14 at 4:00 PM at 1015 Edgewood Avenue NE (inside Inman Park Church).
Bell Melodies 2
Once children in kindergarten through second grade can play three songs (such as “Rain, Rain Go Away,” “Seashell,” and “Ring Around the Rosy,” on the bells by reading from the sheet music, they are ready for Bell Melodies 2. In this class, they have the opportunity to learn increasingly complex songs. They also become more confident in rhythm-reading and learn to play as part of an ensemble. Every time students repeat Bell Melodies 2, they will learn more songs and strengthen their skills and confidence.
This class is not currently offered - try Bell Melodies 1 first!
and music class for parents and children aged 0-3 years old. Babies and toddlers (and their caregivers) will sing, dance, play instruments, and have fun while engaging with music. Classes each week will include a singalong of old favorites and some newer selections. The class features authentic live accompaniment, instrument play, dance breaks and a mini-jam session.
This class is $90 for one child, $120 for two siblings. However, children 10 months and younger are free when accompanied by an older sibling.
This six-week class meets on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM from March 22 through May 3, 2017 (no class Wednesday, April 5) OR Fridays at 10:00 AM from March 24 through May 5, 2017 (no class on Friday, April 7). All Toddler Tunes classes take place at 1187 Virginia Avenue NE in Virginia-Highland.
Tuition and Policies
- Tuition is due at the time of enrollment.
- Tuition cannot be refunded for a class missed by a student, and makeups cannot be guaranteed. Given advance notice, a makeup may be offered subject to availability.
- Classes are limited to 6 students (10 for Toddler Tunes).
- If a class you'd like to sign up for is full, contact us and we can put you on a waiting list for the next cycle. Registration for each cycle opens three weeks before the first class.