Early Music Classes

All of our early childhood movement & music classes for babies, toddlers & kids include the world renowned Musikgarten curriculum to encourage music literacy and appreciation from infancy.  If you want to create an appreciation for music, movement, and all things creative in your child there is no better program, and no better time to start!  Please see below for our selection of music and movement classes for babies, toddlers and kids ages 3-7.

Baby Music Discoverers

  • Age: 0-18  Months
  • Tuition: $52.50/month (4 months) or $210 total
  • Length of class: 45 minutes
  • Instructor: Stefanie Swinnard (SS) & Sarah Lubbe (SL)

Play musically with your baby through bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, dancing, moving and singing. Musical play activities are designed to increase your child’s curiosity about music, to develop listening skills and a sense of beat, and to establish the foundation for singing and musical thought. Also included in this class are infant massage techniques and baby sign language to encourage baby/caregiver bonding and communication. There is no better time to introduce your child to music than in the brief but important infancy stage.

Schedule

Fall 2016

  • Sundays 9:30-10:15am | Sep 11, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017 | No classes on Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 25 & Jan 1 (SL)  (2 spots left)
  • Mondays 4:30-5:15pm | Sep 12, 2016 to Jan 16, 2017 | No classes on Oct 10,  Dec 19,  Dec 26 & Jan 2 (SL)
  • Tuesdays 9:30-10:15am | Sep 13, 2016 to Jan 17, 2017 | No classes on  Dec 20 & Dec 27 (SS)

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Toddler Music Explorers

  • Age: 16-35  months
  • Tuition: $52.50/month (4 months) or $210 total
  • Length of class: 45 minutes
  • Instructor: Stefanie Swinnard (SS) & Sarah Lubbe (SL)

Participate with your toddler in singing, chanting, moving, dancing listening and playing simple instruments — while developing a strong musical bond with your child. Through activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement, your child’s musical aptitude and listening abilities are enhanced and further developed.

Schedule

Fall 2016

  • Saturdays 9:30-10:15am | Sep 10, 2016 to Jan 14, 2017 | No classes on Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 24 & May 31 (SS)  (Full)
  • Sundays 10:30-11:15am | Sep 11, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017 | No classes on Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 25 & Jan 1 (SL)  (4 spots left)
  • Mondays 5:30-6:15pm | Sep 12, 2016 to Jan 16, 2017 | No classes on Oct 10,  Dec 19,  Dec 26 & Jan 2 (SS)  (4 spots left)
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:15am | Sep 13, 2016 to Jan 17, 2017 | No classes on  Dec 20 & Dec 27 (SS)  (4 spots left)
  • Tuesdays  5:30-6:15pm | Sep 13, 2016 to Jan 17, 2017 | No classes on  Dec 20 & Dec 27 (SS)  (4 spots left)

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Preschool Music Adventurers

  • Age: 3-5 Years
  • Tuition: $62.50/month (4 months) or $250 total
  • Length of class: 60 minutes
  • Instructor: Christina McLellan (CM) & Sarah Lubbe (SL)

Celebrate your child’s love of nature and growing independence through activities which focus on the seasons of the year. Classes are designed to build attention and self expression and include singing, poetry, moving, focused listening, musical games, musical instruments, and creative storytelling. This program begins to develop strength throughout the body, encouraging whole body awareness, which is a perfect segue into dance classes. Using our dramatic games we also incorporate emotional awareness and development. These classes remain a favourite in our satellite schools as they progress as stories from start to finish. These classes are perfect for children who are just beginning to establish social groups. Parents do not attend these classes but will often be invited in to see what we’ve been working on.

Schedule

Fall 2016

  • Saturdays 9:30-10:30am | Sep 10, 2016 to Jan 14, 2017 | No classes on Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 24 & May 31 (CM) (Full)
  • Saturdays 10:45-11:45am | Sep 10, 2016 to Jan 14, 2017 | No classes on Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 24 & May 31 (CM)
  • Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm | Sep 10, 2016 to Jan 14, 2017 | No classes on Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 24 & May 31 (CM)
  • Sundays 11:30am-12:30pm | Sep 11, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017 | No classes on Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 25 & Jan 1 (SL)
  • Mondays 5:30-6:30pm | Sep 12, 2016 to Jan 16, 2017 | No classes on Oct 10,  Dec 19,  Dec 26 & Jan 2 (SL)

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Primary Music Trailblazers

  • Age: 5-7 Years
  • Tuition: $62.50/month (4 months) or $250 total
  • Length of class: 60 minutes
  • Instructor: Stefanie Swinnard

At this age your child is now ready for this sequential program. Primary Music Trailblazers includes singing, creative and structured movement, playing instruments and ensemble work, ear training and guided listening, as well as a developmentally sound approach to music literacy that builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory and self-expression. We incorporate both free and choreographed movement, begin to compose our own music, recognize different instruments in the orchestra, begin reading and writing traditional music notation, and also discover basic stage theory through game play. This class is perfect for any child who is interested in continuing on the path to performance, who is looking to take instrument lessons, or who is ready to develop in a social setting and try something new! Parents do not attend these classes but will often be invited in to see what we’ve been working on.

Schedule

Fall 2016

  • Saturdays 10:30-11:30am | Sep 10, 2016 to Jan 14, 2017 | No classes on Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 24 & May 31  (Full)
  • Saturdays 11:45am-12:45pm | Sep 10, 2016 to Jan 14, 2017 | No classes on Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 24 & May 31 

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Dance Classes

All dance classes are independently attended but parents will be invited in on Parent Sharing days to see what we’ve been working on.

Ballet/Tap Combo

  • Ages: 3 – 5
  • Tuition: $62.50/month (4 months) or $250 total
  • Length of class: 60 minutes
  • Instructor: Erin Michell

Ballet/ Tap combo classes are for our tiny dancers, where we will explore the very beginning steps and movements for ballet and tap styles of dance, including warm ups, games, and exercising our brains while we learn various routines all while dancing and singing along to some of our favorite nursery rhymes!

Schedule

  • Sundays 9:30-10:30am | Sep 11, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017 | No classes on Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 25 & Jan 1  (1 spot left)

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Ballet/Tap Combo II

  • Ages: 5 – 7
  • Tuition: $62.50/month (4 months) or $250 total
  • Length of class: 60 minutes
  • Instructor: Erin Michell

Dancers, both new and those returning from Ballet/Tap 3-5, will further explore freedom of expression through dance and movement. We incorporate various routines of both styles of dance using choreographed and improvised games and exercises. In ballet we include an introduction to classical music with various warm ups using beginner ballet steps, technique and dance games. For tap time, we’ll explore our beginner steps and technique while moving and grooving to upbeat music that will have all our dance students carrying a song in their heart and rhythm in their feet the whole week long.

Schedule

  • Sundays 10:45-11:45am | Sep 11, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017 | No classes on Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 25 & Jan 1  (4 spots left)

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Ballet

  • Ages: 8 – 10
  • Tuition: $62.50/month (4 months) or $250 total
  • Length of class: 60 minutes
  • Instructor: Erin Michell

In this class we will explore foundational steps and technique through traditional warm ups to strengthen and stretch our muscles, fun floor exercises to get our hearts pumping, improvisation opportunities to broaden our creativity and a choreographed piece to share at the end of the semester. This class will incorporate a mix of classical and contemporary music, all while helping to further develop our motor skills, body awareness and love of dance.

Schedule

  • Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm | Sep 14, 2016 to Jan 18, 2017 | No classes on Dec 21 & 28

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Tap

  • Ages: 8 – 10
  • Tuition: $62.50/month (4 months) or $250 total
  • Length of class: 60 minutes
  • Instructor: Erin Michell

This class works with beginners and anyone moving up from the Tap 5-7 class to introduce and improve technique with a focus on the development of the different sounds and rhythms that we can make with our feet. Throughout the semester we will strengthen our ears by learning to pair rhythms with familiar contemporary music, build our improvisation skills and challenge our brain/body connection to learn a routine that incorporates fully body movements and tap rhythms to be shared at the end of the semester.

Schedule

  • Wednesdays 6:45-7:45pm | Sep 14, 2016 to Jan 18, 2017 | No classes on Dec 21 & 28 

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Studio & Production Classes

Junior Musical Theatre

  • Age: 7-9 years & 10-12 years (students must be the appropriate age by December 31 of the registration year)
  • Skill Level: All skill & experience levels welcome
  • Class Size: Only 12-14 students permitted
  • Length of class: 120 minutes
  • Session: September 2016 – June 2017
  • Tuition: $111.11/month (payments can be divided to suit your needs)
  • Instructor: Stefanie Swinnard & Erin Michell

Students receive training in singing, dancing, and acting while rehearsing a musical theatre production to be presented in June of each year. The first semester (September-December) is dedicated solely to skill building, allowing students to gain confidence and skills to ensure their success in the second semester (January-June). Second semester is devoted entirely to rehearsal and production. Costumes are built, props are made, set is constructed and the show is designed with professional quality in mind and scaled to meet the abilities of our performers. All  experience levels are welcome and with our small class size we can help each student reach their fullest potential over the course of the year.

Is this program right for you?!

If you know your child loves to sing, dance, and act then this program is for you.  The Stage is looking for young performer’s of all backgrounds to discover their role in this classic, fun-filled, action packed, musical.  No experience is necessary but if you have any prior shows under your belt (including dance recitals, school choirs, school plays etc.) please let us know when you register!  There are only 14 spots available in this program every year!  Don’t miss out, register today!

What’s included in the tuition?

  • Costume Rental
  • Professional Headshot
  • Materials (script, worksheets, rehearsal CD’s etc.)
  • All class & additional rehearsal time
  • Taxes
  • Children Arts Tax Credit Receipt

Parent Involvement

As with many child and youth centred organizations we always look to parents and other grown ups for assistance with

  • Set Building/Painting
  • Props Treasure Hunting/Making
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Backstage Assistance
  • Hair/Makeup
  • Front of House Duties (including taking tickets, ushering, and running a concession)
  • and much more!

This program will give you a chance to really get involved in your child’s class and show them how important their efforts are and how much you value their experience in the show.  We respect the busy schedules that parents but we do ask that you give what you can when you are available.  You do not have to be Michelangelo to paint a set nor do you have to be Coco Chanel to sew a costume!  We take any and all experience levels and encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and try your hand at a new craft…who knows, maybe you’ve got some hidden talents!

Want to see more?

The Director of both the Junior Musical Theatre and the Junior Acting programs, Stefanie Swinnard, has directed and designed more than 9 productions for this age group. Please check out the portfolio here to see the caliber of performance you can expect at The Stage.

Schedule

  • Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm | 7*-9 year old | Sept 7, 2016 to June 14, 2017 | No classes on Dec 21, Dec 28 (FULL)
  • Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm | 10-12 year old | Sept 8, 2016 to June 15, 2017 | No classes on Dec 22,  Dec 29, Dec 30

FAQ

Q. Isn’t two hours too long for students this age, especially after school?

A.  Because our classes are so engaging and are meant to meet students at a developmentally appropriate level, we haven’t yet had any issues with students finding the class to be too much to handle.  Activities are divided between active movement games and more stationary discussion activities.  The general feeling of the class is always monitored to ensure that all students are being challenged but not discouraged.  With small class and casts sizes we are able to closely monitor how each student is managing the class.  The 15 minute break gives students a chance to recharge and socialize with their classmates.

*Age 7 about to turn 8 by December 31st of the registration year or with permission from instructor.

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Junior Acting I

  • Ages: 7-8
  • Tuition: $69.75/month (4 months) or $279 total
  • Length of class: 75 minutes
  • Instructor: Aimee Jane Siviter
  • Location: The Gallery @ Queen’s Park (Arts Council office)

Introductory level acting class that will excite and challenge young students in the world of plays and make-believe! This is a fun and busy program where students engage in structured and unstructured activities that focus on spatial awareness, collaboration, listening and responding.  The foundations of acting/drama are explored at a preliminary level through game play, movement, and using scripted works to develop character and voice. This program is perfect for students who are graduating form our Primary Music Trailblazers class or beginner students looking to give acting and performance a try. A small in house presentation will be held on the last day of the term.

Schedule

  • Sundays 9:30-10:45am | Sep 11, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017 | No classes on Oct  9, Nov 13, Dec 25 and Jan 1, 2017

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Junior Acting II

  • Ages: 9-10
  • Tuition: $69.75/month (4 months) or $279 total
  • Length of class: 75 minutes
  • Instructor: Aimee Jane Siviter
  • Location: The Gallery @ Queen’s Park (Arts Council office)

Introductory level acting class that will excite and challenge young students in the world of plays and make-believe! This is a fun and busy program where students engage in structured and unstructured activities that focus on spatial awareness, collaboration, listening and responding.  The foundations of acting/drama are explored at a preliminary level through game play, movement, and using scripted works to develop character and voice. This program is perfect for beginner students looking to give acting and performance a try. A small in house presentation will be held on the last day of the term.

Schedule

  • Sundays 11:00am-1215pm |Sep 11, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017 | No classes on Oct  9, Nov 13, Dec 25 and Jan 1, 2017

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