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Tots in tune with Maryland Symphony's Little Maestros program

October 03, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

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WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Children as young as 2 years old can enroll in music classes to develop their interest and knowledge in instruments and singing.

The pilot program, presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Washington County Public Schools, offers classes for 2- to 5-year-olds, said Danielle Hommel, who created the classes.

Hommel, the teacher of Little Maestros, said 21 children are enrolled in the current class, but there is space for about 60.

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The cost is $40 for a six-week session.

"We just wanted to have affordable music classes for preschoolers to help them develop music skills and interest," Hommel said. "(Music) can help children with math, motor skills and cultivate lifelong consumers of music."

Preschoolers are introduced to basic music concepts in the classes, including singing, rhythm instruments and movement.

"It's hands-on," Hommel said. "Not only are they singing and moving and using different objects ... they have an instrument at each session."

This week, children will learn about the bassoon and have a chance to play the instrument, hear it, feel it and see what it sounds like, she said.

"(The children) are definitely very excited, especially when they see the instruments," Hommel said. "They always have a smile on their faces."

The classes are presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Washington County Public Schools in conjunction with the existing Kinder Konzerts for preschool children.

What: Little Maestros music classes for 2- to 5-year-olds

Cost: $40 for a six-week session

To enroll or for more information, call the Maryland Symphony Orchestra at 301-797-4000 or go to www.marylandsymphony.org.

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