Preschoolers can learn basic musical concepts like rhythm and melody, as well as practice their listening skills at the Little Maestros class in Lachine. An introduction to music, kids from 18 months to 5 years and their parents get together to sing, dance and interact in a relaxed environment. No musical experience is required from either the children or the parents.
Leading the classes is Kerry-Anne Kutz, a vocalist and singing instructor with 25 years of experience. She has been teaching the Little Maestros classes for three years and says it is a great way to introduce kids to the world of music.
Lessons are adapted to the group to ensure everyone is having fun. The songs are a mix of popular children’s songs and original compositions. They are also often educational. “We sing songs about getting along, the environment, or how to eat well,” Kutz says. The lessons are bilingual and kids have the opportunity to sing in French, English and other languages.
“Music is fundamental for children’s development,” Kutz says. “It instills a greater level of confidence and enhances their ability to focus and learn.”
Lessons take place at the Norwegian Cultural Centre, 5065 Sherbrooke St. in Lachine. The 10-class session is starting on Sept. 23 and will continue until Nov. 25. Cost is $50 per child.