FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9/10/15
Christ United Methodist Church Launches Free Music Programs for Babies Through Three-Year-Olds
Beginning in October, Christ United Methodist ChurchTo Offer Babygarten™ and MUSICplay Classes
With the launch of its free Babygarten™ and MUSICplay programs this fall, Christ United Methodist Church will offer local parents and young children a budget-friendly opportunity to learn together through music. “Most parents do not realize that they can begin singing and chanting rhymes with infants to develop cognitive learning all while having ‘fun time’ with their baby,” says Lynn Gordon, Coordinator of Children’s Worship and Music at CUMC.
This marks the first time that Babygarten™ (for babies and toddlers aged three months to 24 months) will be offered in Greensboro. The program, which is for both the children and their caregivers, will include songs, rhymes and activities that help with language acquisition and pre-literacy skill, and a DVD for each caregiver/child pair reinforces at home what is learned in class with the teacher. Also intended to foster learning and and a love of music in young children (two- to three-year-olds), MUSICplay classes involve songs, rhymes, musical movement, and the use of instruments such as bells, claves and maracitos (miniature maracas), which come as part of a take-home instrument kit. Children will be accompanied to each class by a caregiver.
Lynn Gordon, who has been on staff at CUMC for more than a decade, will lead both the Babygarten™ and MUSICplay classes. She holds bachelor degrees in Music Education and Piano, and has trained in children’s music programs including Kindermusik and Music Matters. “What has been rewarding is to hear from some of the parents of children I had two decades ago, and how they’ve continued with music even into college,” Gordon says. “I know it works!”
The Babygarten™ and MUSICplay programs each run for four weeks, and classes are limited to 10 children each. The only cost associated with the classes are Babygarten™ DVD ($18) and MUSICplay instrument kit ($10). Interested parents can register online at www.christgreensboro.org/childrensworship. Four class sessions are available this fall:
- Babygarten™ Babies (Three months–walking): Mondays, 10:15am–10:45am, October 12–November 2
- Babygarten™ Toddlers (Walking–24 months): Mondays, 11am–11:30am, October 12–November 2
- MUSICplay Two-Year-Olds: Tuesdays, 1:05pm–1:35pm, October 13–November 3
- MUSICplay Three-Year-Olds: Thursdays, 1:05pm–1:35pm, October 15–November 5
“We are expecting a huge response to this free-tuition offering here at Christ Church,” says Gordon, “and are already planning more classes for 2016,” including Babygarten™ and MUSICplay sessions that will begin late January.
More information about Christ United Methodist Church’s children’s and worship offerings can be found at www.christgreensboro.org.
About Christ United Methodist Church: Founded in 1956, Christ United Methodist Church has become Greensboro’s largest Methodist congregation, with more than 2,000 members. The church is located at 410 N. Holden Road in Greensboro, NC.
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Christ United Methodist Church
410 N. Holden Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27410