Levels by Age


Ages 0-12 months with caregiver

Foundations is the perfect way to introduce your baby to music as well as infant sign language! This 45-minute class will incorporate signing into songs, instruments, and object exploration and also be a wonderful parent and child bonding experience. Creative movement, like bouncing, dancing, and rocking, will contribute to the development of muscle strength and motor skills and be the foundation for keeping a steady beat! Foundations is a great opportunity to meet new friends (for babies AND parents!) and gather ideas for playing at home.

Level 1

Ages 12-24 months with caregiver

Level 1 classes offer young toddlers a stimulating environment to explore their new movement and language skills with a sense of security, comfort, and confidence. As your child thrives in a music and movement-driven classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers and learn to use music to create and simplify routines at home. During class, enjoy watching your beginning walker develop body awareness, gross and fine motor control, and the growing ability to recognize and follow patterns in music and move to a steady beat, fundamental skills that have been linked to math and language literacy.

Level 2

Ages 2-3.5 years with caregiver


Level 2 provides toddlers with an amazing musical experience as they listen to new sounds, engage in instrument and prop play, and enjoy interactive storytime. This captivating 45-minute class offers the parent and child SO much more than just musical development: singing and imitating sounds help develop early literacy skills, which leads to earlier reading; creative movement to various musical moods helps the brain form new neural connections; listening and taking turns enhance blossoming social skills. The outstanding home materials will allow you to continue the learning outside of class with books, CDs, instruments, and more!

Level 3

Ages 3.5-5 years Caregiver attends the final 10 minutes

Level 3 takes preschoolers on a musical journey through pretend play activities involving music, storytelling, creative movement and dance, instrument play, and literature. These 45-minute classes will foster your child’s love for music; capture his/her potential to learn; and encourage cognitive and literacy skills, creativity and individuality. Furthermore, musical games nurture the development of pitch matching, steady beat, fast/slow, high/low, smooth/bumpy and other fundamental musical concepts. You’ll join in and share in together time for the last 10 minutes of class, and the outstanding home materials will allow you to continue the learning outside of class with books, CDs, instruments, and more!



Kindermusik for the Young Child,

Levels 4 & 5

Year 1: Ages 5-6 years (Kindergarten)

Year 2: Ages 6-7 years (1st grade)

Your budding musician will develop a strong musical foundation through this 2-year program, which teaches the child to sing, read music and play songs on three different instruments (glockenspiel, dulcimer and recorder). He/she will explore creative dance, multicultural music, ensemble development and much more, all within a nurturing, playful environment. Upon graduation of this exceptional 2-year curriculum, your child will be able to read and write music, be musically expressive with voice and body, and be ready to learn how to make music on the piano well ahead of children without a Kindermusik background. Classes are 60 minutes in length, and parents will participate for the final 10 minutes of class. The outstanding home materials will allow you and your child to continue the learning outside of class with books, CDs, instruments, and more!

Mixed Age 

Ages 9 mos. - 4 years*  Bring one child or more!

*Babies under 9 mos. are FREE with enrolled sibling in the same class.

Currently, our Level 1 and Level 2 classes also function as our mixed-age classes. These levels are perfect for families who wish to bring two or more children of different ages to the same class, or for parents who simply prefer a mixed-age setting for their child. These classes allow infants through 4-year-olds (and their caregivers!) to gather together for a fun-filled learning experience. Suggestions will be made in class to help you modify movement activities, group dances, and instrument-play activities for each of your children. Mixed-age classes offer the perfect setting for weekly family bonding time and inspire ideas for more music exploration, play, and fun at home.

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Located inside Harvest Vineyard Church ~

320 S. 17th Street, Ames, IA 50010


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