Circle of Music
What was that joyous sound you heard as you walked through the Village of Pawling? Perhaps it was the sound of children singing, something we will be hearing much more of now that Pawling resident Mary Gray has opened the Circle of Music Studio. Located at 8 West Main Street, behind the Family Quick Stop and McKinney & Doyle Bakery, The Circle of Music Studio is a tiny treasure; a delightful space where Mary Gray is sharing her 26 years of music education background with the children of our community.
Ms. Gray holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Master’s of Education in Fine Arts and is a certified Musikgarten instructor. Musikgarten is a nationally recognized program designed to naturally awaken a child’s love of music through developmentally appropriate, family oriented, positive, nurturing musical lessons. The program leads children to true music literacy in a playful way, while encouraging confidence, family bonding, and self expression. The lessons are built around classical folk music that helps cultivate the mind and body of the children and parents involved. During the classes, children sing, dance, and gain greater control of their bodies while practicing graceful movements. The sequential nature of the Musikgarten classes make learning to play an instrument a natural, enjoyable process.
Ms. Gray offers several classes through the Musikgarten series, each uniquely designed to engage the participants in age appropriate activities starting with newborns. Family Music for Babies is a class designed for newborns to age 18 months old. In this class, parents sing and move along with their babies, play musical games and help build the foundation for their child’s singing and musical thought. Family Music for Toddlers is offered for children age 15 months to 3 ½ years. In this class, toddlers and their families enjoy singing, dancing, chanting, moving, listening and playing simple instruments together. A class called Cycle of Seasons engages children ages 3 to 5 through nature themed musical lessons that will awaken their imaginations. Music Makers: At Home in the World/Around the World is for children 4 years old and up. This is a two-year sequential program of singing, creative movement, playing instruments and ensemble opportunities designed to develop a child’s concentration and self expression.After completing Music Makers at Home/Around the World children are eligible to enroll in Music Makers: At the Keyboard. Here children will learn to play the songs they sang and danced to in the previous classes on the piano. Small group piano lessons allow children to share in the joy of learning music with their classmates. In addition to the Musikgarten series, Ms. Gray also offers private piano lessons and Suzuki violin lessons at the Circle of Music Studio.
If you wish to give your children a gift they can have with them their whole life through, give them the gift of music. New classes are forming now at Circle of Music for spring and fall.
This article is sponsored by a generous grant from M&S of Pawling: