Alley Bell Music expands classes for young musicians

Aug 20, 2015
Courtesy of: Alley Bell Music Alley Bell Music of Edmonds offers music instruction for kids ages 0-5 at the Barclay Shelton Dance Centre, 413 Bell St. To register for fall semester classes or a free demonstration class on Aug. 27, visit www.alleybellmusic.com.

Alley Bell Music, a licensed “Music Together” center in downtown Edmonds, is expanding its class offerings for children ages 0-5 this fall, and opening a second location at the Lake Forest Park Town Center in September.

“We have an amazing team of teachers, all with advanced degrees in music,” Director Sarah Richard said.

Richard said “Music Together” is an internationally recognized early childhood music curriculum for children ages 0-5 and the adults who love them.

The program is built on the fundamental beliefs that: all children are musical, all children can achieve basic music competence, and the participation and modeling of parents and caregivers is essential to a child’s musical growth.

“Young children’s musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate setting, free of direct instruction and performance pressure, where learning activities are interesting, fun and accessible for both children and adults,” Richard said.

She earned a bachelor’s in music education from Western Washington University, and an M.M. in voice pedagogy from Texas Christian University. During her time at TCU, Richard was introduced to “Music Together.”

She said all of the teachers hold advanced degrees in music, and have also completed the “Music Together” teacher training certification program.

In addition to teaching at Alley Bell Music, Richard has 10 years of experience as a K-6 music educator in the Edmonds and Shoreline School Districts, and has a private voice studio at Kennelly Keys Music in Lynnwood.

She frequently performs as a soprano soloist in the greater Seattle area, most recently with the Mukilteo Community Orchestra, and she has two sons, 6-year-old Josiah and 2-year-old Jamison.

Alley Bell Music is located at the Barclay Shelton Dance Centre, 413 Bell St. To register for fall semester classes or a free demonstration class on Aug. 27, visit www.alleybellmusic.com.

 

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