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 6.

Class Descriptions & Reservations: 2017 Summer Early Childhood Music

Sunshine Music Time | register online (opens January 29)
Ages: 0 - 5 years
Teacher: Meghan O'Connell
At Glen Echo Park. Summertime is a great time to share music. Fun for child & caregiver. Dance, clap, sing, and march to music ranging from folk to pop to classics. Great for siblings. Fun introduction to the world of music. For a twice-weekly experience, enroll in both Tuesday & Thursday sections. More info: 301-320-2770. 6 sessions.
Class 1: TU, Jun 13 - Jul 25 (no class Jul 4), 10-10:45am | $132
Class 2: TU, Jun 13 - Jul 25 (no class Jul 4), 11-11:45am | $132
Class 3: TH, Jun 15 - Jul 20, 10-10:45am | $132
Class 4: TH, Jun 15 - Jul 20, 11-11:45am | $132
 
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Class Descriptions & Registration: 2017-2018 Early Childhood Music

Classes for Mixed Ages or Siblings (ages 1 yr - 5 yrs)

Conservatory Kids – Wednesdays (ages 18 mo - 3 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: W, Sep 20 – Jan 10 (no class Nov 22, Dec 27), 11:00 – 11:45 am
Class 2: W, Jan 31 – May 16 (no class Mar 28), 11:00 – 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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Conservatory Kids - Saturdays (Ages 1-3 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: Sa, Sep 23 – Jan 20 (no class Nov 25, Dec 23, Dec 30), 10 – 10:45 am
Class 2: Sa, Feb 3 – May 19 (no class Mar 31), 10 – 10:45 am
Teacher: WCM Faculty
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 23 – Jan 20 (no class Nov 25, Dec 23, Dec 30), 11 – 11:45 am
Class 2: Sa, Feb 3 – May 19 (no class Mar 31), 11 – 11:45 am
Teacher: WCM Faculty
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 (3 mos - 2 yrs)


Conservatory Kids - Tuesdays (Ages 3mo - 2 years) | register online or call.
Class 1: Tu, Sep 26 – Jan 9 (no class Dec 26), 10 – 10:45 am
Class 2: Tu, Jan 30 – May 15 (no class Mar 27), 10 – 10:45 am
Teacher: Jennifer Cluggish
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 - Wednesday (Ages 3mo - 2 years)
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Class 1: W, Sep 20 - Jan 10, no class Nov 22, Dec 27, 10 - 10:45 am Class 2: W, Jan 31 – May 16, no class Mar 28, 10 – 10:45 am
Teacher: Meghan O'Connell
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 - Thursdays (Ages 3mo - 2 years) - BILINGUAL | register online or call.
Class 1: Th, Sep 21 – Jan 11 (no class Nov 23, Dec 27), 10 – 10:45 am Class 2: Th, Feb 1 – May 17 (no class Mar 29), 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 with an emphasis on songs of Latin American countries (sung in Spanish). 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 (2 yrs - 3 yrs)

Conservatory Kids-Tuesdays (Ages 2 & 3 yrs) | register online or call.
Class 1: Tu, Sep 26 – Jan 9 (no class Dec 26), 11 – 11:45 am
Class 2: Tu, Jan 30 – May 15 (no class Mar 27), 11 – 11:45 am
Teacher: Jennifer Cluggish
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-Thursday (Ages 2 & 3 yrs) - BILINGUAL | register online or call.
Class 1: Th, Sep 21 – Jan 11 (no class Nov 23, Dec 28), 11 – 11:45 am
Class 2: Th, Feb 1 – May 17 (no class Mar 29), 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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See also - Classes for Mixed Ages


Classes for Pre-K to 1st Grade

Movie Songs for Kids! - Saturdays (Ages 4 - 7 years) | register online or call.
Class 1: Sa, Sep 23 – Jan 20 (no class Nov 25, Dec 23, Dec 30), 12 – 12:45 pm
Class 2: Sa, Feb 3 – May 19 (no class Mar 31), 12 – 12:45 pm
Teacher: WCM Faculty
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. $360
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Movie Songs for Kids! - Wednesdays (Ages 4 - 7 years) | register online or call.
Class 1: W, Sep 20 – Jan 10 (no class Nov 22, Dec 27), 5 – 5:45 pm
Class 2: W, Jan 31 – May 16 (no class Mar 28), 5 – 5:45 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. $360
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Songs from Broadway - Wednesdays (Ages 7 - 11 years) | register online or call.
Class 1: W, Sep 20 – Jan 10 (no class Nov 22, Dec 27), 6 – 6:45 pm
Class 2: W, Jan 31 – May 16 (no class Mar 28), 6 - 6:45 pm
Teacher: Meghan O'Connell
A Level 4 class at Glen Echo Park. Enjoy singing the greatest hits from the Broadway stage. Learn age-appropriate vocal techniques including singing in tune, phrasing, proper breath support and projection, while having fun! Performance for parents and friends at last day. Prior Conservatory Kids classes not required. 15 sessions. $360
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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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