Sing Play Learn

Award-Winning Early Childhood Music Education Programming

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


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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.

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Questions About Sing Play Learn?

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If you would like to ask a question or learn more about Sing Play Learn with MacPhail®, contact our program manager, Allison Akins using the form below and she will respond as soon as she can!

Age Groups

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6 weeks – 3 years
Music activities for infants and toddlers engage the whole child. At this level, musical play creates and reinforces the special bond between the adult and child, while also introducing basic musical concepts. Musical discovery and play helps keep active toddlers engaged and learning new skills. It is the perfect age to use songs and fingerplays to introduce steady beat, vocal exploration, and so much more.
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4 – 5 years
Children in this age group are now capable of independently exploring music through imaginative and cooperative play with their peers. Their ability to differentiate between changes in tempos, pitch, dynamics, and articulation is becoming more sophisticated and complex. Exploration of large orchestral and folk instruments brings music to life.
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6 – 8 years
Early school-age children are motivated by peer interaction. Small group classes provide the opportunity to engage in complex musical games, improvisation, basic composition, and lay the foundation for future musical study. Children explore new instruments, learn about diverse cultures, and develop a musical identity all within a supportive and inviting environment.

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

4-5 Years

Music for Families
Music for 3s and 4s
Musical Trolley
Suzuki Stars
Musical Story Times
Musical World

6-8 Years

Musical Trolley
Musical World
Ukulele and More

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

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!

Meet Our Sing Play Learn Faculty

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Ask Allison!

Use this form to contact Allison Akins, the Sing Play Learn program manager.

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