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Early Childhood

Applications to the comprehensive Early Childhood Program for the 2022-2023 academic year are now closed. Applications will open for the 2023-2024 academic year later this spring. Please contact Keelin Davis, Program Manager, at kdavis@sfcm.edu with any questions.

We provide developmentally appropriate music instruction through Group Dalcroze Eurhythmics Classes and our Comprehensive Early Childhood Program geared toward all young learners.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics Group Classes
Comprehensive Early Childhood Program

Dalcroze Eurhythmics Group Classes

By tapping into the natural desire for movement that all children possess, Eurhythmics imparts a thorough sense and feel for music and an understanding of its written language. The study of music through movement cultivates inner hearing and gives children an intuitive understanding of musical elements, such as pulse, meter, rhythm, phrasing, and form.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics Group Classes are 45 minutes in length and are held weekly throughout the academic year on Saturday mornings. Students with no prior musical experience are encouraged to join! Dalcroze classes are available for students ages 4 to 9.

Registration for Dalcroze Eurhythmics Group Classes opens each summer.

Cost

Tuition $1,140

Registration fee

$50/annually

Faculty

Yoriko Richman B.A., Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo; Dalcroze Teacher's License, Dalcroze School of Music, New York; Berklee College of Music, Boston; Postgraduate Diplome, Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva; former faculty, Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division and Showa Academia Musicae, Yokohama, Japan; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. yoriko.richman@sfcm.edu

"I create young musicians (using movement, percussion, xylophone and piano) who begin with learning rhythm based on the Dalcroze Method, then continue from this strong start into ear training, theory, solfege and beyond, with the ability to feel the music."

Comprehensive Early Childhood Program

Eligibility

Open to students between the ages of 4-7 years of age as of September 1. No prior musical experience necessary, however the child must demonstrate a curiosity for and interest in learning a musical instrument.

Enrollment in the Early Childhood Program does not guarantee placement in the Young Persons Program or Comprehensive Program. Students interested in the Young Persons Program or Comprehensive Program must successfully complete an admission audition.

ADMISSION

Admission to the Early Childhood Program is by application and interview only as there are limited openings available each year. No prior musical experience required, however the child must demonstrate a readiness and curiosity for learning a musical instrument.

Timeline:
March 1 Application Opens
May 1 Application Deadline (including Financial Aid Form, if applicable)
May 1 - June 30 Interviews Conducted with Prospective Students & Families
July 1 Admission Decisions Released

Faculty

Davis Law, violin
Corina Santos, violin & violin ensemble
Sima Kouyoumdjian, piano
Luba Kravchenko, piano
Yi-Fang Wu, piano
Scott Cmiel, guitar
Scott Gossage, guitar
Yoriko Richman, Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Kayla Wilfong, choral ensemble

Kayla Wilfong is a lyric coloratura soprano, an internationally award-winning voice teacher, a conductor, actress, and Bay Area native. Kayla has appeared in operas, symphonies, plays, a movie, and on stages throughout the Bay Area and abroad, including the War Memorial Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall. Her most recent engagements include participating as the featured soprano soloist in Carmel, CA in Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem under maestro Leroy Kromm, being the featured soprano soloist in the San Jose Symphonic Choir’s recorded production of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem with the Cal Arte Ensemble, and being featured in a recent edition of the Royal Academy of Music-affiliated magazine Vantage Music for performing the role of “Annina” in the world’s first virtual &  international production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata. Kayla has been featured as a solo artist in recent years with the Nova Vista Symphony, the Cambrian Symphony, The Prospect Theater Project, members of the Winchester Symphony, the Cal Arte Ensemble, and in roles varying from “Susanna” in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, to “Sophie” in Terrence McNeilley’s Masterclass. She is committed to premiering solo works from modern composers as well, most recently having sung the world-premiere of composer Stefan Cwik’s “Songs For Beyond” at the Bowes Center in San Francisco. In addition to singing, Kayla is a choral director with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, a choral clinician, and her private voice students consistently place within the top 3 slots of both national and international vocal competitions. She holds a “Best Teacher” award from the 8th Hong Kong International Youth Performing Arts Festival, and was recognized by the American Protege International Vocal Competition in New York City in 2020 and 2021 for “extraordinary dedication and achievement in the field of teaching music and presenting students to perform at Carnegie Hall”.  Kayla majored in Voice Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. kayla.wilfong@sfcm.edu

 

Curriculum

The Early Childhood Program provides developmentally appropriate training for children to establish a strong foundation in performance skills and music literacy. The core curriculum consists of weekly private lessons and group class instruction, as well as parent education sessions. Classes occur on Saturdays over 30 weeks each academic year.

The curriculum has been carefully curated to ensure that students are supported and guided in their first steps as musicians.

CORE CURRICULUM

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    Weekly Private Lesson

    Students will receive weekly lessons with Early Childhood faculty covering all aspects of the instrument: musical technique, expression, repertoire, etc. These lessons will be 30-45 minutes depending on what is best for the student as decided by the faculty.

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    Weekly Group Class

    Group instruction is a vital part of the Early Childhood Program curriculum. Students learn in a social atmosphere that prioritizes listening, working with others, playing together and working on the basic building blocks of ensemble at an early age.

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    Performance Opportunities

    Students will have the opportunity to perform for their family members and the Pre-College community throughout the academic year. These performances will vary from more formal presentations to smaller, more casual events.

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    Parent Sessions

    Parental involvement is vital to a child’s success in learning an instrument. Parents will need to develop tools that they can use to support their child’s learning at home, and to best equip parents with these tools, SFCM provides parent sessions both before and during their child’s study. These sessions will teach the philosophy and methodology behind our Early Childhood Program and provide specific training and tools to use while supporting their child’s musical studies.

INSTRUMENTS

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Violin

COST & FINANCIAL AID

Annual base tuition for the Early Childhood Program is $3,850. A non-refundable registration fee of $50 is charged annually for all enrolled students. Families may choose to pay tuition through a payment plan.

Base tuition* $3,945 (2022-2023)
Registration fee $50/annually
Materials fee $35 (2022-23)
Library and student badge deposit $50 (one-time only)

*Select faculty members require a supplemental tuition fee. Please contact the Pre-College office for more information.

Financial aid is awarded based on the joint criteria of demonstrated financial need and merit. Financial aid forms for new students applying to the program are due by May 1.

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