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Miss Elizabeth (Elizabeth Grigaitis) teaches the free online offering of MacEwan’s Early Music in Childhood program. “I hope students enjoy going through the class and are inspired by the wonderful world of music!”

MacEwan University offers free access to its online early childhood music program

February 4, 2021 | Arts & Culture
MacEwan University’s Conservatory of Music is offering its popular early childhood music program online at no charge from February to June 2021 in partnership with the Edmonton Recital Society.

Unlike the conservatory’s in-person early childhood music classes (which are limited to 10 students), online delivery means that there is no limit to the number of children who can access the free, self-paced music literacy program.

Close to 400 children have already registered for Online Music in Early Childhood, set to begin on February 12.

“Families are missing out on a lot during the pandemic,” says Maureen Ha, senior program manager with the Conservatory of Music. “We’re excited to be able to offer a way for parents with young children at home to keep singing and enjoying music – and to continue their music education.”

Music is a quintessential part of a young child’s day and an important expression of joy and delight, says Dr. Nancy Thomas.

“For young children, playful experiences with music are the building blocks to other expressive languages, such as reading, writing and numeracy,” says the associate professor in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Curriculum Studies program. “When we create music with children, we are nurturing them to build their repertoire for learning and living.”

To access the free collection of six 25-minute classes that make up the Online Music in Early Childhood program, families simply register using an email address to receive a link to videos, lyrics, colouring pages and activities. The program is designed for children ages three to six (although children under three and up to age 10 are welcome). Registration will remain open until the end of May to allow families enough time to complete the six-week program before it ends in June.

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