WESTFIELD - A United Arts Appeal Projects Pool grant is helping the Patterson Library in Westfield give young children a chance to develop musical skills.
The library will host an eight-week Music Together class, led by Kay Barlow, starting Thursday. Classes will be from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
"We are so happy to welcome Kay Barlow back to Patterson Library, this is one of our most popular programs," said Eli Guinnee, library director.
Kay Barlow, pictured above, will teach the Music Together class which starts Thursday at the Patterson Library in Westfield.
Music Together is an an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. Central to the Music Together approach is that young children learn best from the powerful role model of parents/caregivers who are actively making music. The program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom and by facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home with the context of daily life.
Kay Barlow is the recipient of the Chautauqua County Early Childhood Award for Excellence in teaching. She began piano lessons at age 4 and has made a career of working with children. She began teaching early childhood music classes in 2000 and is a Music Together certified Level I instructor. She holds an American Orff-Schulwerk Association Level I certificate and Masters of Music and Bachelor of MusicEducation degrees. She teaches Music Together classes in her Fredonia studio and maintains a private piano studio. She is a recipient of the Chautauqua County Early Childhood Award for Excellence in teaching.
Space is limited to 14 children. The United Arts Appeal Project Pools grant will cover the instructor's fee. A $40 materials fee per family will be collected to pay for materials, which the family keeps. Scholarships are available upon request to Guinnee, library director. To register or for more information, call the Patterson Library at 326-2154.