Jazzy Cats and Kits
Gentle Steps Foundation is excited to introduce our newest program for early childhood centers and their families:
Jazzy Cats and Kits
Ages: 3 to 5 (Pre-K)
Ages: 5 to 6 (K)
First and Second Grade
Parents and teachers are welcomed to contact us to register for a session that is scheduled for the appropriate age levels listed above.
This program consist of a time for children to:
- Listen to live music played by some of the most amazing musicians around.
- Be introduced to Jazz through stories presented by the Music Educators.
- Participate in STOMPING, CLAPPING, STRUTTING, SINGING AND SO MUCH MORE!
- Have the opportunity to play along with the band by using musical props.
- Making their own musical instruments to take back with them.
- Share ideas and ask questions while enjoying a snack!
Strengthening Families and Classrooms through Jazz
- Rooted in expressing feeling and emotions that reflect through experiences Jazz allows for children to develop a sense of self.
- As children learn about how Jazz came about they are presented with the opportunity to better understand and appreciate how we all are uniquely different and how we share common interest.
- The program is presented and performed by authentic musicians and music educators who are true to the integrity of jazz.
- Based on improvisation children will use their own bodies, minds, spirits and souls to self-direct their own use of Jazz.
Parents who attend this program and actively participate with their
child will gain knowledge in the fact that Jazz itself is “resilience”. Many, if not all, musicians (especially Jazz)
have faced hard times and have had to work through challenges. They have passed on to us what they have
Strengthening parents: Parents who attend this program and
actively participate with their child are offered many opportunities to build
on their relationship with their child and have fun doing so!
Knowledge of parenting and child development: Parents will be presented with opportunities
to strengthen their own understanding of how music can enhance their child’s
development; individuality and self-expression.
In addition this program can help a parent to be more aware of how
children can learn through child-directed activities and how their child
responds to their environment,
Concrete support in times of need: This factor is set in the
program itself in helping to provide families opportunities to strengthen their
relation with each other as well as the schools their children attend. It opens the door for families and schools to
appreciate the need for live music, jazz and community involvement.
Social and emotional competence of children: By instilling a passion for Jazz we desire to
instill a passion for self. This
strengthening of emotional and social interactions and participation will
provide opportunities for children to explore and experiment with music in the
form of Jazz. By awakening and enhancing
skills in listening, creativity, and imagination the children will also be
learning about the importance of differences.