Community Music School

WIU Community Music School - Family Music Classes

For preschool-aged children and their parents/caregivers

Sign up now for these fun-filled classes!

Session Information and Dates

Spring Session
Date: Wednesdays, March 21 to May 23, 2018
Time: 5:15-6:00pm
Tuition: $90 tuition
Room Browne 219

Why Music?

Music powerfully affects humanity, uniquely engages the mind and the body, and unites people of the world, expressively communicating what cannot be understood through any other means.

Music in the lives of every person, beginning at birth,

  • has a powerful effect on brain development, capacity, and function.
  • is essential for the development of locomotion and coordination
  • is vital in the development and conceptual understanding of time, weight, space and flow in body movement, coordination, and expression.
  • can bring about much healing and wellness

Music is a powerful ingredient in the development of every child!

Why now?

The early years of life are crucial for establishing a foundation for lifelong music development. Family Music Classes at the Community Music School bring musical play time activities to life, teaching you and your child how to sing together in class and at home. In a playful manner, children develop sensory awareness, language, motor, creative and social skills, along with gaining a wide repertoire of music. These classes combine the wonder and enrichment of folk songs, classical music, exploratory play, and creative movement, bringing you the best experiences to share with your child.

About the teacher

Rebeka Barker

Rebeka Barker, MT-BC holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Western Illinois University (2017). She completed a 6-month music therapy internship at Season's Hospice & Palliative Care in Milwaukee, WI. After internship, Ms. Barker completed her board exam to become a Board-Certified Music Therapist. In addition to various practicum and clinical experience, Ms. Barker previously worked as a Teaching Assistant where she helped plan and implement small group activities to foster social and emotional development for preschool aged children. During Family Music Classes, Ms. Barker seeks to creatively help children develop a love of music while promoting motor, language, and social skills with those around them in a positive learning environment.

Register now!

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For more information, contact

Richard Cangro, CMS Director
Phone: (309) 298-3114
E-mail: RM-Cangro@wiu.edu

Rebeka Barker, Teacher
E-mail: RJ-Barker2@wiu.edu