Kari’s welcoming attitude helps adults and children build a sense of community while they gather on the rug for fingerplays and lap bouncing games, play with rhythm instruments, jump, crawl, and swing, wave scarves to choreographed dances, and freeform jam with a menagerie of instruments. It feels so good to be in class, children don’t even notice that they are building the foundational skills for making music together the rest of their lives.
HCME has been literally raising Floyd County children with its Social and Emotional Learning based music program since it began. It still serves Floyd’s youngest members (birth to 5 years old) while watching its first students graduate from high school. One high school senior recently told Kari, “I don’t remember much about preschool, but I remember your music!”
Heart of the Child Music students consistently pursue music creation as they get older, fed by the love of music that HCME nurtures in them in their early years. They go on to participate in programs such as the Floyd JAMs Program and Music Lab Floyd; they pursue private lessons, and they form their own bands, such as The Wildmans, Attak, and Subject to Demolition.
*This is currently an inactive class. We are happy to take enrollment, but will not be able to hold the class unless we have a minimum of 6 babies attending. You can sign up online or contact Kari directly if you are interested in attending.
Fridays 9:30am – 10:15am A special time for babies and their caregivers, this is an intimate class with lots of opportunity for bonding. It focuses on the amazing capacity of these young ones for growing smarter through music. By watching, listening, and sensing, the babies learn to feel steady beat and discern correct pitches. Before anyone expects, they are copying these same musical qualities with their own bodies and voices. Most people don’t know that this type of loving and supportive early musical culture, gives children the skills they need to play in a symphony orchestra, old-time, or rock band as adults. The class consists of lap bouncing games, massage rhymes, drum songs, shaker eggs, and rhythm instrument playtime. Circle dances and other movement songs allow babies to be held (or toddle!) while also being in the middle of the music. No music skill needed on part of adults. Kari will model everything you need to know, and she will keep it fun and relaxed, too. It’s a nice way to meet other parents, too. For babies birth to just walking.
Fridays 10:30am – 11:30am A mixed age class for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers. Seasonal songs celebrate the abundance of nature we share in Floyd County with fun songs, lots of movement, scarves, balls, and rhythm instruments. Grandparents and other extended family members are always welcome to watch or play along, too. Sharing music fun as a family is the best way to build your child’s love of music. For children up to 6 years.
Which class is right for my child?
- January: 12, 19, 26
- February: 2, 9, 16, 23
- March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- April: 6, 13, 20, 27
- May: 4, 11, 18, 25
- June: 1, 8, 15, 22 (off 6/27)
- July: 13, 20, 27 (off 7/6)
- August: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
- September: 7, 14, 21, 28
- October: 5, 12, 19, 26
- November: 2, 9, 16, 30 (off 11/23)
- December: 7, 14 (off 12/21, 12/28)
Dates are subject to change pending inclement weather, illness, etc.
Families can sign up by the month at the rate of $10 per class. Drop-ins are $12. Second children (siblings in the same class) are half price. Same for additional siblings.
Seasonal CDs (Fall, Winter, Summer, Spring) are included with monthly enrollment, and can be purchased separately from Kari for $10 each. Families can cycle through the seasonal songs year after year, and watch as their children grow with them!
You have the option to sign-up for classes and pay in person at the Floyd Country Store, or pay in advance online: