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Music Initiation After School Program

CCMP Music Initiation

Early Childhood Music-Based After School Program for 4.5-6 year olds

CCMP - Music Initiation

5-day music-based after school program for K - Gr 1

Every weekday afternoon, children race through the doors and kick off their shoes to quickly join the circle of eager classmates. It’s time to roll the big ball, sing the name-greeting song, sing greetings to Fuzzy Bunny, and climb the musical scale with Ebeneezer Sneezer. When the class ends and the teacher says goodbye , children grab their art projects and squirm into their shoes - they can’t wait to get home and teach everyone in their family the new song they learned in class today.

The National Conservatory of Arts’ Music Initiation Program is a one of a kind introductory music program for young children. Our early childhood music after-school program, CCMP- Music Initiation, is specifically designed for children aged from 3 to 6 years old by Jacqueline Banks. Students can enroll in either the entire after-school program (including pick-up from school), or for 1 or 2 specific classes.

The goal is to introduce young children (K3 - Grade 1) to the joys of music so that they can appreciate and enjoy music at an early age. We also use this opportunity to introduce them to various musical instruments. The goal is for them to explore different instruments including piano, violin, ukulele, percussion instruments, singing, movement, and also to learn the basics of music (e.g. rhythm, pitch, dynamics, etc).

Child Model


​We pickup students from several private, public, and charter schools in Washington, DC., and students are provided a healthy snack as well as access to outdoor recess time on our private playground. After recess, students enjoy a Music Initiation Class, and then transition into either a Eurhythmics Class or Early Childhood Music and Art Class.

What students will learn

​Students take one or all of the following initiation classes:

  • Piano

  • Ukulele

  • Violin

  • Percussion

  • Eurhythmics

  • Early Childhood Music and Art

Girl with Ukelele

What are music initiation classes?

Initiation classes cultivate a musical awakening in children. Initiation Classes are small group music courses where children explore a specific instrument, learn musical notes, rhythmic figures and read simple scores of songs they already know. The Music Initiation Classes of CCMP-ECM are often the first sensitization to the world of music, and we introduce learning concepts in a soft and playful way, while teaching them the concentration that leads to attentive and creative listening. The children have the occasion to understand the basic structures of music that they will learn by listening and reproducing sounds and music pieces with musical instruments, and by experiencing movement, dancing and musical games.

CCMP - Music Initiation introduces children to different musical instruments (including the concert grand piano, violin, guitar, ukulele, drums, and other orchestral musical instruments). Young children will also learn the basics of music, including rhythm, pitch, dynamics through singing, dance, movement and fun activities.


By the end of this program, parents will have an opportunity to musically assess their children, indicating what musical instruments their children are particularly interested in. Music Learning promotes concentration, discipline and also mathematical notions. Because, music learning promotes concentration, discipline and also mathematical notions, parents will see an improvement in these areas by the end of the program.

“The goal of CCMP- Music Initiation is to help children develop a musical sense through hands-on musical exploration.”


Music Initiation Classes

Initiation to the Piano, Ukulele, Percussion, Guitar, & Violin

These are introductory courses to music; they aim to prepare children to learn piano, violin, ukulele, or percussion. Students will discover the instrument and the notes by playing, improvising and composing. They will be sensitized to the musical vocabulary and the good posture at the instrument. They will develop their listening faculties, memory and concentration. The class' objective is to give the child the desire to learn music, and thereby, the piano, violin, ukulele, guitar or drums.

This course will allow the child to deal with concepts such as: the note names and their order, the exploration and knowledge of the instruments, fingerings (if applicable), good body and hand posture, the pulse, the basics of dynamics, attentive listening and interaction with others, basic music reading and writing as necessary for learning music theory.

The child will learn these concepts through games, improvisation and composition, to wake all the senses: listening, drawing, applying the concepts at the instruments, singing, etc. These activities will be adapted to the context of learning, along with the skills and experience of the child. Improvisation will take an important part as it leaves room for creativity . This encourages children to be creative, interact, listen, be spontaneous and involve their emotions. This course provides a smooth transition between music awakening classes and the serious practice of a musical instrument or simply to the novice child who has expressed interest in the instrument.

Piano Lesson
Art Class

Early Childhood Music & Art Classes

In our Early Childhood Music and Art Classes, children experience a creative journey through hands-on-explorations with both music and art. By supporting children’s ability to move, sing, dance,paint, and draw, this class provides opportunities for students to collaborate with each other, while delving into a wide variety of instruments, props, and art materials. Some of the music explored will be folk, classical, jazz, popular, and electronic music. Children will also explore various media and artistic techniques to create drawings, paintings, collages, and sculptures.

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