In partnership with Harmonic Kids, Albuquerque's only licensed Music Together Center, St. Mark's is now offering Music Together Family Classes on a sliding scale/pay what you can basis! Music Together classes at St. Mark's will be taught by St. Mark's own Mother Sylvia, who is a registered Music Together teacher.
St. Mark's is thrilled to be partnering with Harmonic Kids to offer affordable Music Together Family Classes, because we believe that the practice of music-making is an integral part of the spiritual, physical, mental, and relational health of all people--young and old-- and we want to support health and music making in all families!
Music Together is a unique, research based, music and movement program designed especially for young children (ages birth-5) and the grown ups who love them! (In Music Together Family Classes at St. Mark's, we welcome the active participation of older siblings, godparents, and other members of your extended family/church family as well.) Music Together classes support very young children in developing basic musical (tonal and rhythmic) competence. More important, Music Together classes support children in developing a life long love of music. By actively and intentionally supporting the musical development of young children, we are also supporting their spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learn more about Music Together's history, philosophy, research, curriculum, and benefits here.
Family Music Classes Spring Session 2020 Wednesdays, 5:30PM w/Mother Sylvia (begins 4/8 for 7 weeks) Sundays, 11:15AM w/Ms. Maryse (begins 4/12 for 10 weeks)
Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Pl. NE, Albuquerque NM Downstairs Choir Room (follow the signs!)
Notes: Each class session is 45 minutes long. Families are encouraged to arrive up to 15 minutes early to explore and settle in before class begins.
How to Register
To Register: Registration is limited to 12 families per session. In order to reserve your space in the class, please register early!
Please register directly on the Harmonic Kids website. If you are able to pay regular tuition, you can pay online when you register. If you need to take advantage of St. Mark's sliding scale tuition rate ($75-$225/family) click "Pay later" when you register, and bring your payment to the first class.
Fees: The sliding scale rate for a semester of Harmonic Kids Music Together Classes at St. Mark's is $75-$225 per family. The suggested donation for a one-time drop in class is $10-$20 per family. We believe that music is for everyone, so if the suggested sliding scale rate is still out of financial reach for your family, St. Mark's is happy to provide additional scholarship support to enable your participation. Just contact Sylvia+
Payment: You can make your payment (full tuition) online when you register, or pay by check (sliding scale) on your first day of class.
If you prefer to pay in person with a check, please bring your check with you to your first class session of the semester
Checks should be made out directly toMaryse Lapierre, the Harmonic Kids Center Director. (Please note "Music Together at St. Mark's" in the memo line)
Other Music Together Classes in Albuquerque
If you're interested in participating in a Music Together Family Class, but the class at St. Mark's is full or doesn't fit your schedule, we encourage you to check out one of the other classes offered by Harmonic Kids. If you are unable to afford the regularly priced classes, please contact Harmonic Kids Center Director Maryse for information on available scholarships and payment plans. We believe that music is for everyone--that includes your family!
About Mother Sylvia
I have been singing and dancing for as long as I can remember. I love to empower grown ups and little ones to discover and delight in their natural human potential to be creators: artists, dancers, and music makers!
I delight in music-making with my own three kids (now ages 8, 10, and 14) in all sorts of ways, especially singing at church and with the ABQ Choir Magic intergenerational community choir. I also enjoy supporting the growth of spiritual communities through song as a Music that Makes Community presenter.
I hold a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah and an MA in Theology and the Arts from Pacific School of Religion. I am an ordained Episcopal Priest, and am honored to support the spiritual exploration and growth of all kinds of families at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and St. Mark’s Montessori School in Albuquerque, NM.
About Ms. Maryse
Originally from Quebec, Canada, Maryse Lapierre is a French Tutor, singer-accordionist and harmonium player and along with singer-songwriter-guitarist-violist Alicia Ultan, half of the Albuquerque-based musical duo Bebe La La who have recently released their first album "High Wire". Maryse facilitates regular classes in Whole Toning, her own system of integral practice through breath, voice, and movement- a synthesis of her experience with professional singing and performing, energy work, voice training, yoga, dance, theater and kirtan. Maryse loves working with children, especially around music. She is a registered Music Together teacher.
Music is a powerful resource to strengthen family bonds, smooth transitions and support daily routines with your child at home and beyond. Sharing a nightly song and story before "blowing out the lights" for a lullaby and prayers can be a great bedtime routine for children and the grown ups who love them. Music Together has created 10 Music Together Singalong Storybooks that are available for purchase from the Music Together Store online. Every time children come to a Music Together family class at St. Mark's, they are invited to borrow one book from Mother Sylvia's "Song and Story Lending Library", which includes several Music Together Singalong Storybooks, as well as a number of other song and storybooks (see below for some of the "song stories" we have in our library.)