Early Childhood Music

Conservatory Kids classes provide a nurturing and enjoyable first music experience for children ages 3 months to 6 years. Classes are grouped by age and developmental stages. All classes are taught by a faculty of professional musicians and music educators.

As children take their first steps in music, rhythmic movement and in tune singing are reinforced. The Conservatory Kids program leads naturally to further exploration of pitch, timbre, notation, and the instruments of the orchestra, and provides a solid foundation for private lessons.

For information or registration for private lessons: call 301-320-2770

Please note: $13 Glen Echo Park class registration fee applies to classes. Online registration begins August 7.

Class Descriptions & Registration: 2016-2017 Early Childhood Music

Classes for Mixed Ages/Siblings

Conservatory Kids - Saturdays (Ages 1-3 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: Sa, Sep 24 – Jan 21 (no class Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 31), 10 – 10:45 am
Class 2: Sa, Feb 4 – May 20 (no class Apr 15), 10 – 10:45 am
Teacher: Meghan O’Connell
A Level 1 class at Glen Echo Park for caregiver & child. Tap into your child's magical sense of wonder. Our youngest musicians will enjoy singing, moving, and playing instruments to help awaken the basic sense of pitch and rhythm during this critical early stage of development. Class includes classical, Broadway, folk, pop, jazz and children's favorites. Weekly lesson plans offer both repeated and new musical elements to enhance motor skills and develop a joyful love of music for all! Class is designed with a multi-year curriculum. Students are encouraged to join multiple times for maximum musical benefit. 15 sessions. $345
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Conservatory Kids – Saturdays (ages 18 mo – 5 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: Sa, Sep 24 – Jan 21 (no class Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 31), 11 – 11:45 am
Class 2: Sa, Feb 4 – May 20 (no class Apr 15), 11 – 11:45 am
Teacher: Meghan O’Connell
A combined Level 1 & 2 class at Glen Echo Park for caregiver & child. Sing, clap, dance, play to music of all styles: movie, classical, popular, traditional children’s music. Awakens awareness of the elements of music (pitch, rhythm, tempo, timbre); enhances range of motor & learning skills. Perfect for siblings. Class may be repeated multiple times. 15 sessions. $345
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Classes for Babies

Conservatory Kids (Ages 3mo - 2 years) | register online or call.
Class 1: Mondays, Sep 26 – Jan 9 (no class Dec 26), 10 – 10:45 am Class 2: Mondays, Jan 30 – May 15 (no class Apr 10), 10 – 10:45 am Teacher: Patricia Hurley-Carpenter
A Level 1 class at Glen Echo Park for baby/toddler & caregiver. Tap into your child's magical sense of wonder. Our youngest musicians will enjoy singing, moving, and playing instruments to help awaken the basic sense of pitch and rhythm during this critical early stage of development. Class includes classical, Broadway, folk, pop, jazz and children's favorites. Weekly lesson plans offer both repeated and new musical elements to enhance motor skills and develop a joyful love of music for all! Class is designed with a multi-year curriculum. Students are encouraged to join multiple times for maximum musical benefit. 15 sessions. $345
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Conservatory Kids - Tuesdays (Ages 3mo - 2 years) | register online or call.
Class 1: Tuesdays, Sep 27 – Jan 10 (no class Dec 27), 10 – 10:45 am
Class 2: Tuesdays, Jan 31 – May 16 (no class Apr 11), 10 – 10:45 am
Teacher: Patricia Hurley-Carpenter
A Level 1 class at Glen Echo Park for baby/toddler & caregiver. Tap into your child's magical sense of wonder. Our youngest musicians will enjoy singing, moving, and playing instruments to help awaken the basic sense of pitch and rhythm during this critical early stage of development. Class includes classical, Broadway, folk, pop, jazz and children's favorites. Weekly lesson plans offer both repeated and new musical elements to enhance motor skills and develop a joyful love of music for all! Class is designed with a multi-year curriculum. Students are encouraged to join multiple times for maximum musical benefit. 15 sessions. $345
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Classes for Toddlers to Early Pre-K

Conservatory Kids-Mondays (Ages 2 & 3 yrs) - BILINGUAL | register online or call.
Class 1: M, Sep 26 – Jan 9 (no class Dec 26), 11 – 11:45 am
Class 2: M, Jan 30 – May 15 (no class Apr 10), 11 – 11:45 am
Teacher: Patricia Hurley-Carpenter
A Level 2 class at Glen Echo Park for child & caregiver. Discover the magical world of music with an emphasis on songs of Latin American countries (sung in Spanish). Class will also include a range of music from famous symphonies to jazz, folk, popular and other classical compositions. Level 2 builds a strong foundation for further musical growth. Students learn the basic elements of music through singing, percussion instruments, and dance. Class includes an introduction to ear training using solfege syllables. Students will learn to recognize pitch and create rhythmic patterns and develop tempo awareness. This fun, energetic and engaging class is a wonderful next step for a growing musician. Class is designed with a multi-year curriculum. Students are encouraged to join multiple times for maximum musical benefit. Prior Conservatory Kids classes not required. 15 sessions. $345
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Conservatory Kids-Tuesdays (Ages 2 & 3 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: T, Sep 27 – Jan 10 (no class Dec 27), 11 – 11:45 am
Class 2: T, Jan 31 – May 16 (no class Apr 11), 11 – 11:45 am
Teacher: Patricia Hurley-Carpenter
A Level 2 class at Glen Echo Park for child & caregiver. Discover the magical world of music through a range of styles from famous symphonies to jazz, folk, popular and other classical compositions. Level 2 builds a strong foundation for further musical growth. Students learn the basic elements of music through singing, percussion instruments, and dance. Class includes an introduction to ear training using solfege syllables. Students will learn to recognize pitch and create rhythmic patterns and develop tempo awareness. This fun, energetic and engaging class is a wonderful next step for a growing musician. Class is designed with a multi-year curriculum. Students are encouraged to join multiple times for maximum musical benefit. Prior Conservatory Kids classes not required. 15 sessions. $345
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Conservatory Kids – Wednesdays (ages 2 & 3 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: W, Sep 21 – Jan 11 (no class Nov 23, Dec 28), 4:30 – 5:15 pm
Class 2: W, Feb 1 – May 17 (no class Apr 12), 4:30 – 5:15 pm
Teacher: Meghan O'Connell
A Level 2 class at Glen Echo Park for child & caregiver. Discover the magical world of music through a range of styles from famous symphonies to jazz, folk, popular and other classical compositions. Level 2 builds a strong foundation for further musical growth. Students learn the basic elements of music through singing, percussion instruments, and dance. Class includes an introduction to ear training using solfege syllables. Students will learn to recognize pitch and create rhythmic patterns and develop tempo awareness. This fun, energetic and engaging class is a wonderful next step for a growing musician. Class is designed with a multi-year curriculum. Students are encouraged to join multiple times for maximum musical benefit. Prior Conservatory Kids classes not required. 15 sessions. $345
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Conservatory Kids – Thursdays - Discovering Musical Instruments (ages 2 & 3 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: Th, Sep 29 – Jan 19 (no class Nov 24, Dec 29), 10 – 10:45 am
Class 2: Th, Feb 2 – May 18 (no class Mar 31), 10 – 10:45 am
Teacher: Jennifer Cluggish
An Advanced Level 2 class at Glen Echo Park for children with prior music exposure & caregiver. Discover musical instrument families: strings, winds, brass, and percussion. With fun movement, singing, and gentle hands-on experiences, children are guided on a fascinating journey of orchestral instruments. They learn to distinguish pitches, rhythm patterns, styles, and a range of wondrous timbres, through recorded and live music. 15 sessions. $345
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Conservatory Kids – Thursdays - Pre-Twinkle Jump Start (ages 3 & 4 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: Th, Sep 29 – Jan 19 (no class Nov 24, Dec 29), 11 – 11:45 am
Class 2: Th, Feb 2 – May 18 (no class Mar 31), 11 – 11:45 am
Teacher: Jennifer Cluggish
A Level 3 class at Glen Echo Park for child & caregiver. A Suzuki-inspired exploration class ("Every child can") that further introduces music and begins to prepare children for study of stringed or other musical instruments. The seeds of musical development grow as young pre-violinists blossom in an encouraging and playful way. Rhythm, pitch, timbre, and positions are explored through engaging musical games, songs, and movements. A fun cardboard violin is provided for each child. 15 sessions. $345
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Classes for Pre-K to 1st Grade

Conservatory Kids – Thursdays - Pre-Twinkle Jump Start (ages 3 & 4 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: Th, Sep 29 – Jan 19 (no class Nov 24, Dec 29), 11 – 11:45 am
Class 2: Th, Feb 2 – May 18 (no class Mar 31), 11 – 11:45 am
Teacher: Jennifer Cluggish
A Level 3 class at Glen Echo Park for child & caregiver. A Suzuki-inspired exploration class ("Every child can") that further introduces music and begins to prepare children for study of stringed or other musical instruments. The seeds of musical development grow as young pre-violinists blossom in an encouraging and playful way. Rhythm, pitch, timbre, and positions are explored through engaging musical games, songs, and movements. A fun cardboard violin is provided for each child. 15 sessions. $345
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Movie Songs for Kids! - Wednesdays (Ages 4 - 7 years) | register online or call.
Class 1: W, Sep 21 – Jan 11 (no class Nov 23, Dec 28), 5:15 – 6 pm
Class 2: W, Feb 4 – May 20 (no class Apr 12), 5:15 – 6 pm
Teacher: Meghan O'Connell
A Level 3 class at Glen Echo Park. Become a singing star! Sing songs from popular children's films while having fun learning to breathe and care for the young voice and reinforce the elements of music. Performance for parents and friends at last class. This class applies the fundamentals of Level 1 and 2 in a vocal performance setting. Prior Conservatory Kids classes not required. 15 sessions. $345
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Movie Songs for Kids! - Saturdays (Ages 4 - 7 years) | register online or call.
Class 1: Sa, Sep 24 – Jan 21 (no class Nov 26, Dec 24, Dec 31), 12 – 12:45 pm
Class 2: Sa, Feb 4 – May 20 (no class Apr 15), 12 – 12:45 pm
Teacher: Meghan O'Connell
A Level 3 class at Glen Echo Park. Become a singing star! Sing songs from popular children's films while having fun learning to breathe and care for the young voice and reinforce the elements of music. Performance for parents and friends at last class. This class applies the fundamentals of Level 1 and 2 in a vocal performance setting. Prior Conservatory Kids classes not required. 15 sessions. $345
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Recorder for Kids! (Ages 5 - 7 years) | Contact Us or
Class: TBD
Teacher: Cheryl Hill
At Glen Echo Park. Learn to play the soprano recorder and the basics of music such as note reading, rhythm and tone. This class is an excellent bridge between Early Childhood Music classes and beginning individual lessons for other instruments. For the final class, students will perform for parents. Students who complete this class may continue study with an intermediate class or individual lessons as recommended by the teacher. Students may bring a recorder or purchase one from the Conservatory (assorted, limited colors). 8 sessions. $190, includes book.
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Suzuki String Academy - Beginning Violin & Viola (Ages 4+ years) | contact us
Weekly One-on-One Individual Lesson (TBD) plus Group Class (Mondays, early evening)
Teacher: Jennifer Cluggish, M.M. or Steffani Kitayama, M.M.
Come be a part of an exciting new Suzuki String program at the Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park! Our Suzuki Academy uses the highly respected and sequential instructional method developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. This method is based on the belief that "every child can" develop musical talent, and the scientifically-verified fact that learning music helps each child reach his or her full potential. This inclusive approach is dedicated to the ideals of nurturing and educating the whole person through music education. The parent or caregiver plays a vital role in the learning process, helps the child practice what is learned, and attends private lessons and group lessons with the child. This exciting program includes weekly private lessons, group classes, solo and group recitals, and outreach events. Call for information, tuition and registration details.
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