March 22, 2016: All Tales 'N Tunes classes WILL be meeting today. Please use your judgment about whether you feel safe driving. And please drive carefully if you decide to come to class.
Tales 'N Tunes LLC is a new, early childhood literacy, music, and movement program for young children and their parents and caregivers. This early childhood program was conceived by Tonya Lemmons, an experienced, early childhood music educator.
At Tales 'N Tunes LLC, we believe that parents and caregivers are the most powerful models for children learning natural language and the language of music. Also, we believe that with a developmentally appropriate, rich language and musical environment that all children can develop a disposition toward becoming life-long readers and music-makers! Why story? Quite simply, reading to and with young children helps them to learn to love books. What makes Tales ‘n Tunes unique is that we interact with and respond to the best in children’s literature through musical play. In class we will use our voices, bodies, puppets, scarves and child friendly instruments to engage in musical play: chanting nursery rhymes, exploring rhythm, rhyme and repetition through children’s poetry, and singing songs inspired by the themes in well-written, children’s stories. Through engaged, adult participation, our goal is to immerse children in a rich environment filled with the joy of story, music and movement.
Benefits of Tales ‘N Tunes
Strong bond between parent /caregiver and child
Language development: building phonological awareness, print awareness and vocabulary
Rich musical environment: musical play with tonality and rhythm
Body awareness: coordination and motor skills
Social interaction in a multi-age setting
Exposure to musical heritage of many cultures and eras
Parent information on selecting quality, age-appropriate literature
Parent information on how to recognize and shape your child’s musical responses.