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First Notes

Create memories and make learning fun in our classes for your little one!


with Martha Herrle at the Community Music School, Centerbrook
Introducing a comprehensive music curriculum for early childhood education!

[on hold until it’s safe to resume group classes]

First notes is an early childhood music class for children ages nine months to three years old, and their caregivers. Each class will involve singing, movement, listening, instrument exploration, and social interaction — all designed to prepare your child for a life-long love of music. Fundamental musical concepts of pitch and rhythm are introduced through games, finger plays, chants, imitation, and repetition — and of course, lots of laughter and fun!

Ages 9 months to 3 years; Wednesdays at 9:30 & 10:30 am; 16 week session; Begins (TBD)

Faculty for this Program

Martha Herrle

Martha received her B. Mus. Ed degree from Hartt College of Music, studying both violin and viola. She spent the following year studying string quartet literature at the University of Connecticut with the Laurel String Quartet. She is the founder of Goodwin Strings, a before-school group violin instructional program for 2nd and 3rd graders at Goodwin Elementary School in Old Saybrook. She also presents our weekly music program for the collaborative preschool students at Essex Elementary School and teaches First Notes. Martha is the founder and conductor of the CMS String Ensemble orchestra, which brings her immeasurable joy as a frustrated conductor, as well as the Chamber Connections and Violin Karate programs. Martha teaches Monday – Friday.