Mar 31, 2015
Babies Class!
We have a section of the Babies Class starting on Wednesday, April 1 at 12:30 PM at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (corner of Fifth and Shady in Shadyside). Stop in with your baby 7 months or younger to visit the class prior to registering if you're not certain about committing. Hope to see you there!

Mar 25, 2015
Summer 2015 Mixed Age Classes
Registration for the Summer Session of Mixed Age classes will open on April 18, 2015. Mixed Age classes will run for 6 weeks, beginning Saturday, June 27, and will meet exclusively at the Wilkins School Community Center. Registrations are taken in the order they are received.

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Welcome to First Notes!


Did you know that all children are musical?

Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture the musical growth of your child, regardless of your own musical ability?

Experience Music Together® and find out how important--and how fun--your role can be! Our Music Together classes build on your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement.

We'll help you provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities, and to study an instrument should he or she choose to do so.

Music Together classes are based on the belief that music is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking, and that all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence and pleasure in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. By emphasizing actual musical experiences rather than concepts about music, we introduce children to the pleasure of making music instead of passively receiving it from CDs or television. Integral to our program is the idea that young children respond best to music when surrounded by those with whom they have a close bond. Consequently, the active participation of parents and caregivers is an essential part of the rich musical environment we create.

In Music Together classes, six to twelve children ages birth through kindergarten and their parents or caregivers meet for 45 minutes each week for ten weeks to experience songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement activities, and instrumental play time. The Music Together teacher leads the class in songs and chants featured in the song collection for the current semester. The songs are presented through a variety of musical activities which incorporate fun, playful, interactive ways to focus on tonal and rhythmic elements of music, free expressive dance, small and large movement, prop play, and opportunities for improvisation by children as well as parents. Music Together focuses on the family unit and values many different types musical involvement in class, rather than performance.

Children and adults are encouraged to participate, regardless of musical skill, talent, or training. Children may participate as they choose and are given the freedom to respond according to their developmental level. Some children will simply study the experience as they absorb the environment. Others will sing and dance freely. Parents discover what a powerful role model the are to their children, just by having fun with music themselves. Families continue their musical experiences outside of class with a professionally recorded CD of the semester's songs, and access to other downloadable content, along with a beautifully illustrated songbook.

Parent education in class will increase your understanding of the relevance of class activities to childhood music development. Individual assessment of your child's musical stage can be offered by the teacher.

Classes are mixed ages from birth through kindergarten. Activities focus of adult/child interaction rather than child/child, so children of different ages can enjoy classes together. Please note that infants younger than 8 months of age attend free with a registered sibling. There are nine different song collections which rotate one per semester over a three year period.






 PO Box 90004 Pittsburgh PA 15224