October 20 2016

New "Music Play" Program to Bring Music Education to Young Children


It is said that getting a child started on a skill early gives them a leg up later in life. 


With a new program from the Burlington Education Summer Theatre parents who want to introduce their children to music at a young age now have another option to do so. 


The group, in partnership with Burlington Public Schools, is hosting Burlington Music Play, an eight week program for young children that runs on Tuesdays from November 1 to December 20. The goal of the program is to create an environment that supports and nurtures musical understanding, increases musical aptitude with research-based instruction and allows for pivotal early musical experiences. The classes will be an interactive experience that feature singing and chanting, movement, musical play and pattern instruction. 


There are two groups available, the Infant/Toddler Class for ages newborn to 3 years old that runs from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. and the Preschool and Kindergarten class for ages 3 to 5 that runs from 3 to 3:30 p.m. 


The program will be held in the Marshall Simonds Middle School library. The cost is $120 per child and the classes will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


The instructor will be Burlington Public Schools Music Curriculum Coach Andrew Mullen, a professional music educator who brings a wealth of experience and training.  In addition to being a teacher, he is also a folk musician, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, Square Dance caller, and lifelong learner. At Marshall Simonds Middle School, he directs Choral Union, Select Chorus, House Band, and teaches general music. At Burlington High School, he is the Music Director for the annual Spring Musicals.  


Mr. Mullen said he is thrilled to launch Burlington Music Play. He has taught all levels of students in a number of subjects, and holds masters degrees in both Music Education and School Administration, as well as certifications from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) in Elementary General and Early Childhood Music.  


For more information about Andrew’s work, go to www.TheImprovingMusician.com.

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