rich music experience for your child
Hug Melody® Groups for babies and toddlers ages 6 months old to 4 years old.
At Hug Music, we believe in the importance of exposing young ears to quality music and instruments in a fun and nurturing environment. Our highly rated signature class, Hug Melody® is designed and led by two music instructors who are also board music therapists and professional musicians.
Each group promises to maintain a high teacher-student ratio of 6 children with 2 teachers so that each child receives personal attention from instructors.
The class is led with high-quality live music throughout the class with acoustic instruments. We emphasize the importance of giving children access to live and acoustic music because nowadays we are exposed to “computer-made” music all the time, and this is also true for our children. Exposing children to high-quality acoustic music from a young age is extremely important to promote healthy development of their ears.
The class uses exclusively original compositions that are carefully designed to evoke children’s positive responses. The songs used in the class celebrate diversity by featuring various genres, feels, moods, harmonies and rhythms rom all over the world.
We respect each child’s unique responses and celebrate them with ongoing live music to facilitate expansion of creativity and broaden artistry. All children are unique and so are their musical responses. Some respond quickly while others may respond slower. Some respond actively while others prefer to be listeners. While recorded music tends to indicate to children what are “correct” responses, using live music can make all responses unique. Furthermore, children often make spontaneous musical responses, which we value the most. Our teachers customize live music in the moment based on each child’s unique responses.
Classes are focused on improving both musical skills and healthy development, using an enjoyable and success-oriented approach.
Expected outcomes and benefits of taking Hug Melody® class
Social awareness and awareness of others.
Speech development: listening to the sound, using own voices, singing
Motor skill: fine-motor skills and eye-ear-hand coordination
Social skills: turn-taking, sharing instruments, following directions
Communication skills: interacting with peers and teachers
Pre-academic skills: focus on tasks, following the rules, respecting peers
Cognitive skills: attention, learning things
Innate musical ability and love of music
Class activities & structure
Hello song : Greeting is a very important part of life and we celebrate this moment with singing. Each student is welcomed by everyone and takes a turn to play a special instrument.
Singing: To make students feel relaxed and comfortable, we start with songs that students are familiar with. Instructors encourage students to be creative and give ideas. After a few songs, everyone learns and sings our original songs, and children participate in singing and moving.
Concept learning: Students learn letters, colors, names of fruits, and animals with scarves, puppets and props along with singing.
Shakers: Shaking shakers helps students let some energy out and simply have fun! Everyone’s favorite song is “Stop and Go”.
Transition: Students love our transition song. Students get excited about finding out what is coming next as they sing “What’s next?”
Special activities: Each term, instructors choose 2-3 special activities that students can learn to play. Those activities also provide opportunities for students to learn important social skills such as turn-taking, sharing instruments, following instructions, as well as improve music skills such as playing softly/loudly & fast/slow, remembering and repeating what the instructor plays (call-and-response), and learning how to play simple songs on color bells.
Guitar time: This is everyone’s favorite time! Each student gets a turn, picks a song, and plays the guitar with the instructor.
Solfege: Students learn and sing solfege (do-re-mi). Sometimes, students get to play the color bells as they sing solfege.
Music Theory (Hug Melody® 3 only): Students learn basic music theory (notations) through fun games.
Jam: Students express themselves through playing various highly-quality acoustic instruments such as bongos, ukulele, xylophones, percussion, and many more. Each student plays at least 3-4 instruments during the jam as they learn to share the instruments with others.
Goodbye: Students sing goodbye as they move their hands and body to the music. The song reminds students that it is time to say goodbye and we will meet again and have fun next week.
You can listen to some of the songs we use in the class.