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First Steps in Music

by Community Engagement | Aug 02, 2018
First Steps in Music

New Program! First Steps in Music

Join us for a new program at our branches this fall! First Steps in Music is for children ages 0-3 and their caregivers.

The goal of First Steps in Music is to enable all participants to reach their full potential in singing, vocabulary, and movement skills, with an emphasis on developing sensitivity to the expressive qualities in music. Each class is designed to be playful and enjoyable to children, while providing a carefully planned curriculum that includes developmentally appropriate activities. Children are not taught formally about the specifics of music, but rather they play with music through a series of eight well-rounded activities based on the First Steps in Music curriculum.
The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir offers First Steps in Music classes to children ages 0 to 3 years old in coordination with the Allen County Public Library, and funded by the PNC Bank Foundation and Three Rivers Credit Union Foundation.
Through the 8 basic activities included in classes based on the First Steps in Music curriculum, children and their parents/caregiver experience singing, creative movement, simple instruments, finger-plays and more with the help of the rich collection of traditional songs and rhymes from past generations.
Example activities for First Steps in Music:
  • Pitch exploration
  • Song fragments
  • Simple songs
  • Arioso (Child-centered tunes)
  • Song tales
  • Movement exploration
  • Movement for form and expression
  • Movement with the beat

First Steps in Music preview programs will be held at the following dates, times, and locations:

Wednesday, August 22 at 10:30 am - Hessen Cassel Branch

Thursday, August 23 at 10:30 am - Waynedale Branch

Friday, August 24  at 10:30 am - Aboite Branch

Tuesday, August 28 at 10:30 am - Tecumseh Branch

Wednesday, August 29 at 10:00 am - Main Library Children's Services

Thursday, August 30 at 10:30 am - Shawnee Branch

Join us for the full series of First Steps in Music programs this September and October, exclusively at our Shawnee and Aboite branches!

Shawnee will host First Steps in Music on Thursdays at 10:30 am on the following dates:
September 6, 13, 20, & 27
October 4, 11, 18, & 25

Aboite will host First Steps in Music on Fridays at 10:30 am on the following dates:
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 12, 19, 26.


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  1. Dawn S | Sep 10, 2018

    We will be sure to pass your suggestion on to our Fort Wayne Children's Choir partners.

    We're so excited to be able to offer our libraries as community learning spaces and every suggestion we get about how to make that better is much appreciated!

  2. Lisa | Sep 06, 2018
    Since this is offered at multiple locations it would allow more people to participate if one location offered it during the day and one offered it in the evening or on a weekend so those of us who work standard daytime hours can still participate. 
  3. Rachel | Aug 13, 2018
    We would love something like this at the Little Turtle branch. :)
  4. Dawn S | Aug 13, 2018

    The Georgetown Branch wasn't included in this first round of programming but I hear there are plans for more First Steps in Music classes in the future. Just check with library staff after the fall.

    In addition, Georgetown has lots of other fun stuff to offer. It looks like in the month of September there are 33 events for kids ages 0-12.

  5. Dawn S | Aug 13, 2018
    We get your frustration! We do have some cool events scheduled for the weekends. In this case we’re trying something new with a community partner and this kind of feedback is perfect as we plan future events for little ones. Thanks!
  6. BM | Aug 11, 2018
    Can you do evening classes for this?  Not every parent is a stay at home mom and we work during the day.  It gets frustrating seeing cool events like this, but not be able to do so.
  7. Kaicy | Aug 11, 2018
    cant wait for this!
  8. Jade | Aug 10, 2018
    Why is there minimal programming at Georgetown branch?

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