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., and 12:00 p.m. (class times may be adjusted depending on enrollment)

Three 10-week sessions are offered:

Fall Session 2019: September 21 – November 23
Winter Session 2020: January 11 – March 14
Spring Session 2020 has been cancelled this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Please stay tuned for information about registration for next fall!

Registration Instructions

Spaces in our classes are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis at the beginning of each school year. 

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions and a map of campus.

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Please note that:

  • Registration is not possible by phone.
  • Payment is not due at the time of registration. 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.


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: $148 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: $148 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: $148 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: $148 per 10-week session

Dates To Remember

September 9, 2018                       Registration Deadline for Fall Session
September 11, 2019                    Notification of Fall Session class time and location
September 21, 2019                    Fall Session begins  (Last cancellation date is September 15)
November 23, 2019                     Fall Session ends
December 22, 2019                     Registration Deadline for Winter Session
January 2, 2020                           Notification of Winter Session class time and location
January 11, 2020                        Winter Session begins  (Last cancellation date is January 5)
March 9, 2020                              Registration Deadline for Spring Session
March 11, 2020                           Notification of Spring Session class time and location
March 14, 2020                            Winter Session ends
March 21, 2020                            Spring Session begins  (Last cancellation date is March 15)
May 23, 2020                                 Spring Session ends

Other Classes and Ensembles for Young Children

Click here for a full listing of offerings for pre-schoolers and elementary students.