Early Childhood Music


Video of MusicTIME Class


Children’s programs offered by the Eastman Community Music School have been developed by Donna Brink Fox, an Eastman School of Music professor who is a nationally recognized authority on early childhood music education. The program has attracted attention throughout the United States and abroad, and has been featured on network television.

Eastman early childhood music classes are 45 minutes each and meet on Saturdays for 10 weeks. Class times are 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 am., 11:15, a.m., 12:00-noon, and 12:45 p.m.  (class times may be adjusted depending on enrollment)

The 10-week sessions are offered in the fall, winter, and spring.

Fall Session – September 17 – November 19
Winter Session – January 7 – March 11

 Spring Session – March 18 – May 20

Registration form and complete information about the program

Registration Form only

Registration Instructions

Spaces in our classes are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis at the beginning of each school year. The registration form is available above or by calling the Eastman Community Music School Office (585-274-1400).  Complete the registration form, detach and return it either

by mail to:

Eastman Community Music School
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604



scan and email to:


or in person to the:

Community Music School Office
on the 3rd floor of 10 Gibbs Street.

Registration is not possible by phone. Please do not include payment with your form. We will bill you. You will receive an email with your class information (class time and location) on or before the Saturday prior to the start of the session.   If you do not hear from us before that time, your child is on track to be enrolled in one of your three chosen class times. Notification will be made by email or phone. Because we have a limited number of spaces in our classes, please understand that once a student has been enrolled, we are unable to give any refunds.*

* The Fall 2016 withdrawal deadline has been extended to 9/28/16 for fall session only.


Toddler/Infant Music at Eastman.

A unique program for infants and toddlers (ages 4 months to 2 years) and their parents/caregivers. MusicTIME features musical activities that include songs, rhymes, bounces, tickles, moving to music, and listening. Information and guidance on musical development in young children and home-based activities are also provided.

Tuition:  $140 per 10-week session

Music Times Two

A continuation of the objectives of MusicTIME for parents/caregivers and children (ages 2 to 3½-years). Children develop rhythmic and vocal skills as they engage in more independent music making activities that include: singing, movement, and playing instruments.

Tuition:  $140 per 10-week session

Music Makers

Designed for 3½- and 4-year-old children without parental participation in the classes.  Skills in singing, listening, and musical vocabulary are emphasized, with opportunities to play classroom percussion instruments. Visiting musicians demonstrate instruments throughout the session.

Tuition:  $140 per 10-week session

Clef Club

This fourth level of the early childhood music program is intended for children who are enrolled in kindergarten  or first grade or are 5-6 years old.  The class focuses on individual musical skills  and includes singing, rhythmic activities, moving to music, musical concepts, musical games, and playing small percussion instruments. Children will begin foundational activities in reading and writing music.

Tuition:  $140 per 10-week session

Dates to Remember

September 10, 2016 Notification of Fall Session class time and location
September 17, 2016 Fall Session begins
November 5, 2016 End of current student Priority Re-Registration for Winter Session
November 6, 2016 Placement of new students for Winter Session begins
November 19, 2016 Fall Session ends
January 1, 2017 Notification of Winter Session class time and location
January 7, 2017 Winter Session begins
February 25, 2017 End of current student Priority Re-Registration for Spring Session
February 26, 2017 Placement of new students for Spring Session begins
March 11, 2017 Winter Session ends
March 11, 2017 Notification of Spring Session class time and location
March 18, 2017 Spring Session begins
May 20, 2017 Spring Session ends

Other Classes and Ensembles for Young Children

String Starters
Introductory Piano Classes
Guitar Sampler

Theory in Motion Classes
Introductory Music Theory
Eastman Beginning Strings
Young Children’s Chorus
Stick Talk (percussion ensemble)



Last updated: May 18, 2016