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Early Childhood Curriculum & Faculty

Early Childhood Classes provide developmentally appropriate training for children ages four through eight, aimed at cultivating each child’s musical response. Classes run Saturday mornings during the Academic year. Please consult our registration page for exact course times.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Instructor: Yoriko Richman
Fee: $575 per semester ($25 registration fee on top of tuition each semester)

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.


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Instructor: Stephanie Webster
Fee: $600/per semester

With mallets in hand, children will explore their creative side and develop a strong musical foundation through an introduction to playing the marimba. Students will be exposed to music notation, basic music theory, and acquire musical skills that will be relevant to any future musical pursuit. This class will present a culminating group performance each semester. Available to children ages 6-8. No prior experience necessary.


Yoriko Richman

"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." 

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

Stephanie Webster

"My teaching focuses on building a strong technical base that allows students to grow as solo and ensemble musicians.  It is important for young musicians to develop a strong work ethic but also to fall in love with their art so lessons are a balance between hard work and fun."

Stephanie Webster is a Mexican-American musician who focuses on the folk music of her ancestors and other related cultures. She typically performs programmatic recitals that utilize her voice, various instruments and guest performers. Ms. Webster earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts: Music with an emphasis in composition from Saint Mary's College of California, two Master of Music degrees in Composition and Marimba Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She studied composition with Conrad Susa, Dr. Martin Rokeach and Dr. Frank La Rocca and marimba with Jack Van Geem. In addition to her work in the Pre-College, Ms. Webster also teaches for the Blue Devils Organization in Concord.  An Education Artist for MarimbaOne, Ms. Webster always uses their marimbas and mallets. For additional information please visit sfmarimba.com. swebster@sfcm.edu


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Justin Sun
Program Manager, Pre-College & Adult Extension Divisions