“Family Music Classes are for the parents as much as the kids.”
-Sarah McCaffrey Ritchie
Sarah McCaffrey Ritchie is a Twin Cities mom who is passionate about her kids (twin infants and a 2 year old–yes, she is amazing) and about music education.
Simply put, she is nuts about teaching music to anyone. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in flute performance at Eastman School of Music. She then moved to New York City and trained to be a Music Together teacher. She completed her Masters degree from the University of Buffalo, NY in Music Education with a K-12 certification but taylored for early childhood education.
Sarah grew passionate about the concept of a specialized form of musical training.
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“Sound, before sight, before theory,” is the concept of Music Learning Theory, a relatively unknown form of music training. Maybe it’s not unknown as much as it is unused. It’s in only a couple of schools in the entire country.
“It’s a very hard concept to teach teachers how to teach. It’s not about reading music as much as it is about internalizing it.”
As Sarah and I chatted on the phone–her on the dock by the lake and me in my attic office–I was more and more fascinated by her!
Sarah offers two types of classes where she teaches in the Music Learning Theory Style.
- A family music play classes ages birth through just starting preschool
- Piano group classes for school-aged kiddos
This is a demonstration of Music Learning Theory with middle-school kids. The one I found with little teeny kids was from Italy.
Classes are held at Center for Performing Arts in Minneapolis (3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis).
These classes are a music and movement experience for our little ones and their caregivers. Based on Edwin Gordon’s MusicPlay, here’s what children and their caregivers will learn
Price: $125/10 week Session with a $15 one time Registration Fee
Classtimes: •Tuesdays 9am and 10am •Wednesdays 9am •Sunday 4:15pm
FREE Demonstrations: •Tuesday, September 6th @ 9:00am •Wednesday, September 7th @ 9:00am •Sunday, September 11th @ 4:15pm
Email Sarah to Register: Click to Email Sarah
“Most students who are in private lessons are missing an essential ingredient to their growth: they are not learning how to think musically. They have not learned to ‘audiate’ music- and the process of audiation is essential for developing musicianship. Audiation is to music what thought is to language and visualization is to sight.”
-quoted from the Songs with Sarah website
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