Music curriculum for ages birth-five

Reif Center offers Sing, Play, Learn classes
Participants of the 2019-20 Sing, Play, Learn program at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids enjoy fun, high-quality musical education opportunities. The 2020-21 begins September 17. Submitted photo.

Participants of the 2019-20 Sing, Play, Learn program at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids enjoy fun, high-quality musical education opportunities. The 2020-21 begins September 17. Submitted photo.

GRAND RAPIDS — For the second consecutive year, children ages birth through five years old and a parent are able to participate in the Sing, Play, Learn program as part of Reif Arts Council education.

Classes begin September 17, with two sessions on Thursdays at 8:45 and 9:45 a.m., through November 5 at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids.

In conjunction with MacPhail Center for the Arts in the Twin Cities, Sing, Play, Learn is a fun, hands-on music education program designed to keep toddlers engaged as they sample hand-held instruments, experiencing contrasting sounds, motions and sensory items.

“Adding high-energy musical play to your child’s schedule is an important component to healthy brain and motor skill development. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun,” said Reif Arts Council Marketing Director Paul M. Gregersen. “This Reif Education offering is a great addition to our pre-kindergarten line-up of arts programs.”

Through repetition, rhythmic play and concrete themes, children build language skills, large motor and social-emotional skills.

“Participants explore musical concepts through fun songs, instrument exploration, drama, stories, art and creative movement,” Gregersen said.

Classes are facilitated with MacPhail via telepresence with an in-class facilitator. Participants gain musical knowledge and skills which enhance child development and can prepare them for future musical study.

With 50 years of experience, MacPhail is a leader in providing children the best start in music.

“Our community is so lucky to have this opportunity in partnership with one of the nation’s premier musical education institutions,” Gregersen said. “We look forward to all the smiling faces and toddler dancing that comes with it.”

Sessions are $60 each. Limited scholarship funds are available. To register, call the Reif at 218-327-5780, or stop by the box office from

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