Colourstrings Music and Movement Classes

Designed for ‘first’ experiences in making music, each class is tailored by age, and develops core music skills through singing, instrument play, dancing, creative movement, listening and socializing in a stimulating yet structured way. Scroll below the schedule for a more detailed description of the Colourstrings approach.

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! 

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

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE:

3–14 months:

Tuesdays, 9.15-10.00am
Tuesdays, 11.15am-12.00pm
Wednesdays, 10.15-11.00am 

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

with Marie
with Libby
with Libby
with Gillian
with Gillian
1–2 years:
Tuesdays, 10.15–11.00am
Wednesdays, 12.15-1.00pm
Thursdays, 9.15-10.00am
Thursdays, 2.45-3.30pm
Fridays, 9.15-10.00am

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

with Libby
with Libby
with Libby
with Libby
with Gillian
with Gillian
with Estelle
2–3 years:
Tuesdays, 9.15-10.00am
Tuesdays, 10.15-11.00am
Tuesdays, 4.45-5.30pm
Wednesdays, 3.30-4.15pm
Thursdays, 10.15-11.00am
Thursdays, 3.45-4.30pm
Fridays, 11.15am-12.00pm
Saturdays, 10.15-11.00am FULL
Saturdays, 2.45-3.30pm

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

3–4 years:

Tuesdays, 11.15am-12.00pm
Tuesdays, 12.45-1.30pm
Tuesdays, 1.45-2.30pm
Wednesdays, 11.15am-12.00pm
Thursdays, 12.15-1.00pm
Fridays, 10.15-11.00am
Fridays, 1.45-2.30pm
Saturdays, 9.15-10.00am
Saturdays, 11.15am-12.00pm
Saturdays, 1.45-2.30pm

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

4–5 years:

Tuesdays, 3.45-4.30pm
Wednesdays, 9.15-10.00am
Wednesdays, 4.30-5.00pm
Thursdays, 11.15am–12.00pm
Thursdays, 5.45–6.30pm
Fridays, 2.45-3.30pm
Saturdays, 10.15-11.00am
Saturdays, 12.45-1.30pm**
Saturdays, 2.45–3.30pm

 

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

5–6 years:

Tuesdays, 5.45-6.30pm
Wednesdays, 5.30-6.15pm
Thursdays, 4.45-5.30pm
Fridays, 3.45–4.30pm
Saturdays, 12.45-1.30pm
Saturdays, 3.45-4.30pm

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


   

**These are "Newcomers" classes that are designed for any 4 or 5yr olds entering the Colourstrings program for the first time

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

Colourstrings is an innovative approach to music education developed by Geza Szilvay in Finland that combines Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze methods. In age appropriate groupings, children embark on musical adventures that can take them from the earliest playful experiences through to music literacy and seamlessly onto instrumental lessons. In a typical 40 minute Colourstrings session your children will;
> Sing! Move! Play! Imagine!
> Develop core music skills
> Play some of the most beautiful instruments from around the world
> Learn simple dance patterns and move creatively to music
> Enjoy creative music games that develop basic musical literacy; reading, writing and composing
> Listen to a variety of high quality music, live and recorded      

Games, pictures and stories lead the children in small logical steps from sounds to symbols, imitation to improvisation – from the simplest to the most advanced musicianship.

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