Sing Play Learn

Award-Winning Early Childhood Music Education Programming

Designed for a child’s specific stage of development, each class encourages children to explore musical concepts and to experiment with new instruments. Your child will develop school readiness skills in an active learning environment that feels like playtime!

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New Horizon Academy

Programming at New Horizon Academy is back!

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A Program of Sing Play Learn with MacPhail®

Learning with Music

Learning with Music is an innovative, evidence-based music integration program developed to promote school readiness and self-regulation skills for young children.

Beginning in 2004 and resulting in the recent publishing of a research study confirming its effectiveness, this unique program trains early childhood educators to integrate music throughout their classes daily activities. As children learn to use music to help regulate their behavior and emotions, music becomes a meaningful part of the classroom’s culture.

Early Childhood Music Resources

Find research-based resources, tips and ideas to help your child grow & learn.

Age Groups

6 Weeks – 3 Years
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6 Weeks – 3 Years

Music activity for infants and toddlers
engages the aural and physical being.
At this level, musical play creates and
reinforces the special bond between the
adult and the infant, while also
introducing music to the child. Engaging
in musical play helps Toddlers begin to
develop large motor and language skills.
It is the perfect age to introduce rhythm
and phrasing.

4-5 Years
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4-5 Years

Children in this age group are
now capable of singing a wide
range of songs and doing more
complicated games and rhymes.
Their listening skills are becoming
sophisticated. They can understand
basic vocabulary and building
blocks of music. New concepts that
we introduce are changing tempos,
pitch, loud and soft dynamics,
articulation, meter, and timbre.

6-8 Years
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6-8 Years

Children this age learn best when
they are actively involved in
MAKING music. Developmentally,
this age group likes to interact with
their peers. Small group lessons are
fun and rewarding. Groups that
meet over time to learn together
with guidance and collaboration can
make the world of music a very
inviting place.

Sing Play Learn with MacPhail®
Early Childhood Music Class Sequence* At-a-Glance

6 Weeks-3 Years

Music for Families
Music for Babies
Music for 1s and 2s
Music for 2s and 3s
Music for 3s and 4s
Suzuki Stars
Musical Story Times
Music for Toddlers (online only)
Music for Preschoolers (online only)

4-5 Years

Music for Families
Music for 3s and 4s
Musical Trolley
Suzuki Stars
Musical Story Times
Musical World
Music for Preschoolers (online only)

6-8 Years

Musical Trolley
Musical World
Ukulele and More

*Class sequence builds skills but may be taken out of order. No pre-requisites.

Meet Our Sing Play Learn Faculty

Community Partnerships

Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® partnerships provide young children with unique music learning opportunities by supporting your school, childcare center or community organization with our musical expertise, resources and/or instruction!

Our integrated-arts programming will help your students experience the world of music while developing executive function, social-emotional, cognitive, and creative skills. With over 60 locations, 50 years of experience, and an award-winning curriculum, MacPhail’s renowned faculty will work with you to create hands-on, engaging music experiences tailored to your classroom and student goals. Additionally, our partnerships can include unique parent education and teacher-training opportunities!

“Music offers children a different way to use their brains and expand their learning. We definitely hope to keep this partnership going.”

Judy Ohm, Director, Wilder Development Center
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Suzuki Stars

(Ages 3 – 5 years): If your family is interested in MacPhail’s Suzuki Talent Education Program this class is for you. You and your child will build musical readiness skills specific to prepare for success in our Suzuki program. Activities will focus on vocal development, steady beat, and exposure to Suzuki rhythms, repertoire, and instruments.

*Families that participate in this class will take priority in the Suzuki Talent Education program placement process.

Questions About Sing Play Learn?

For more information contact Allison Akins at 612-767-5231 or via email.

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