Colourstrings Music and Movement Classes

Designed for ‘first’ experiences in making music, classes are divided by age group and designed to build the foundations of music learning in a fun and highly interactive way. In every class children will sing, dance, play a variety of percussion instruments and be introduced to a wide range of orchestral instruments through listening to live and recorded music. 

These classes are based on the Colourstrings Kindergarten approach. Colourstrings is a child-centered approach which was developed in Finland in the 1970s. The approach is based on the Kodaly method of music education, using solfa and hand signs to develop children's inner hearing. The Colourstrings method creates a solid musical foundation for children from the earliest ages. Musical concepts are learnt through *hearing*, *moving*, *singing* and *playing*. Most importantly, Colourstrings classes are designed to develop children's love of music, and create a launch pad for their future musical education, whatever direction they may take.

All of the VSO School of Music's Colourstrings teachers have been trained by Colourstrings UK and bring a wealth of musical experience and passion for teaching Early Years music to their classrooms.

Age groups are based on the child's age in September. Children remain in the same age group for all 3 sessions of the school year. Parents and caregivers must participate in classes for the 3–14mnth, 1–2yrs and 2–3yrs age groups. From 3–4yrs up, children participate in classes independent of parents.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE FALL 2017 TERM! 

Instructors: Marie Calvert, Estelle Copery, Libby Donald, Gillian Hunter-Gibbs
Recommended for: 3 months–6 years
Dates and times: Session I – Sat, Sep 16 - Sat, Dec 9, 2017
Session II – Tue, Jan 9 - Sat, Mar 17, 2018
Session III – Tues, Apr 10 - Sat, Jun 23, 2018

No classes:

Thur, Oct 5 - Wed, Oct 11 for Thanksgiving
Sat, Nov 11 (Remembrance Day)
Fees: $190 per term  (registration fee may apply)
Minimum enrollment required

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE:

3–14 months:

Tuesdays, 11.15am-12.00pm
Wednesdays, 10.15-11.00am 

Fridays, 12.15-1.00pm  FULL 
Saturdays, 3.45-4.30pm

with Libby
with Libby
with Gillian
with Gillian
1–2 years:

Tuesdays, 10.15–11.00am  FULL
Thursdays, 9.15-10.00am
Thursdays, 2.45-3.30pm
Fridays, 9.15-10.00am

Saturdays, 9.15-10.00am  FULL
Saturdays, 11.15am-12.00pm  FULL

with Libby
with Libby
with Libby
with Gillian
with Gillian
with Estelle
2–3 years:

Tuesdays, 10.15-11.00am  
Thursdays, 10.15-11.00am
Fridays, 11.15am-12.00pm
- 1 space left!
Saturdays, 10.15-11.00am  FULL
Saturdays, 2.45-3.30pm

with Marie
with Libby
with Gillian

with Gillian
with Gillian

3–4 years:

Tuesdays, 12.45-1.30pm
Fridays, 10.15-11.00am  FULL 
Fridays, 1.45-2.30pm
Saturdays, 9.15-10.00am  FULL
Saturdays, 11.15am-12.00pm  FULL
Saturdays, 1.45-2.30pm

with Libby
with Gillian
with Gillian
with Estelle
with Gillian
with Marie

4–5 years:

Wednesdays, 4.30-5.00pm
Thursdays, 5.45–6.30pm
Fridays, 2.45-3.30pm
Saturdays, 12.45-1.30pm**  FULL
Saturdays, 2.45–3.30pm

with Libby
with Libby
with Gillian
with Marie
with Marie

5–6 years:

Thursdays, 4.45-5.30pm
- 1 space left!
Fridays, 3.45–4.30pm
Saturdays, 12.45-1.30pm
Saturdays, 3.45-4.30pm

with Libby

with Gillian
with Gillian
with Marie 

**This is a special "Newcomers" class, designed for any 4 or 5yr olds entering the Colourstrings program for the first time

If your desired class is currently full, please join our Fall term (Sept-Dec) waitlist.  Please email colourstrings@vsoschoolofmusic.ca with the following information to be added to our waitlist:

- Your name
- Your child's name
- Your child's date of birth
- A contact telephone number
- Preferred class time(s) if applicable

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