Welcome to Artists In Making (AIM). We believe that children’s musical tastes and skills should be explored and developed at a very early age. More importantly, we believe that PARENTS need to be empowered to feel comfortable guiding their children during this pivotal time in their development. The intention of AIM is to engage the child in play provide education to both child and parent using a multimedia platform and hands-on teaching methods. Our goal is to leverage the monthly themes to our curriculum to facilitate easy incorporation of musical learning at home as well, delivered by the most important teacher… you!

If you enroll your child with AIM at the 402 Collective, you and your child will enjoy a well-rounded “snap shot” of music by era, and by geographic location. Over the course of the year we take a journey through time to explore the different styles and syncopations of American music. Then, we bounce around the globe and sample notable music from other continents. Together, we all learn what makes each type of music unique and special. And in the end, we all get to be part of an intimate learning process that will help the cement the child’s musical preferences and appreciation for different styles of music. How great would it be to just “know” your toddler prefers flamenco over reggae, and why. THAT is the main objective of our time spent learning.

Our classes our offered to 3 different age groups. Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K. All of these groups will review the same music theme each month and featured music. This is particularly helpful with consistency for at home learning if you have siblings who attend classes in different groups with us here. All groups will be given the basic information about the highlighted music using presentation multimedia. Each session will enjoy 3-4 different exercises using the featured music. The differentiation between the classes is as follows:

Infant play (0-15 mos)- Infants notice different attributes about music than an ear very seasoned to the pleasure of listening to music. We capitalize on that by highlighting the pieces that appeal to a child in their stage of development, and with their partner parent’s help, we introduce a physical component to reinforce the attractive and unique components of that particular style of music. For example- during tummy time, the parent lays facing their child, and may take their hand and place an egg shaker inside. Then, the parent helps to keep with the rhythm of the song they hear together. Engaging, stimulating, physical, and fun!

Toddler play (16 mos-3 years) Toddlers enjoy the same basic format for the presentation as the infant class, but we add components to the play that are appropriate with their physical and cognitive capability. For instance, we may incorporate a copycat exercise using different instruments. And, since toddlers enjoy their newly mastered mobility, we would, of course incorporate more movement into toddler time. The attention span of a toddler isn’t long, so we believe keeping things stimulating and brief is key. Also, we are aware that fun trumps everything! That being said, we reserve the right to occasionally alter the session to have a dance party, if demanded by our tiny clients.

Pre-K(3-5 years) Many of the physical components of the Pre-K play is very similar to the toddler group. However, being that this group of children may be preparing to be part of a classroom setting, we feel its appropriate to incorporate play that is fueled by teamwork and cooperation. Also, we try to stimulate their natural thirst for “who, what, when, where, and why?” by providing music appreciation components the their exploration of music styles. For example, we might tell stories about how music allowed people to express their thoughts freely, in a time where that might not have been allowed if they only used words. Or, we may tell the story of the artist’s life and what kind of things they did to become accomplished musicians.

In short, whether your child is 6 months or 3 years old, then end goal is that their time with us, implants knowledge to help them differentiate and recognize the differences between many types of music, and most importantly, appreciate their nuances.