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Soundbridge Announces New Early Childhood Music Program, New Hours and Fall Schedule


FOR RELEASE Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Seattle, WA – At the start of the 2007–2008 season beginning September 18, Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center will introduce the internationally acclaimed Kindermusik® program as its new Early Childhood Music curriculum. Soundbridge also announces new hours and an exciting schedule of events for the fall season.

Part exhibit, part classroom, Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center in Benaroya Hall is dedicated to inspiring a love of music in people of all ages. The public is invited to swing by for a lively musical children’s story, explore the Listening Bar and exhibits, write a song, try out the musical instruments, and much more. Annual memberships are available or daily admission is $7 for Adults, $5 for Children (5-18) and Free for Children under 5. For more information about membership and activities, call (206) 336-6600 or visit us online at www.soundbridge.org.

Kindermusik at Soundbridge
Through movement and music, Kindermusik activities promote language development, symbolic thinking, coordination, social interaction and imaginative thinking. Kindermusik classes are offered in partnership with Studio3Music, a Seattle-area Kindermusik studio that recently ranked #1 out of 6,000 studios world-wide. To register for Kindermusik classes at Soundbridge, visit www.studio3music.com and click on Seattle Symphony, or call (425) 385-3636. See below for details about the 2007–2008 Kindermusik fall schedule at Soundbridge.

New Hours for Groups
Soundbridge announces new hours beginning September 18. Soundbridge will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays are reserved for school visits and reservations are required. Soundbridge is closed on Mondays.

2007–2008 Fall Schedule in Soundbridge
Beginning September 18

Sankofa Children’s Concerts
Saturday, September 15, at 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.

An interactive concert with Seattle's a cappella African American women's choir. All ages are welcome to explore folk songs and timeless childhood favorites.

Tickets: $10 for Soundbridge members and $15 for non-members. Children 18 and under are free.

Russian Romance and Russian Folk Music
Saturday, September 22, at 7 p.m.

Anna Stovall, guitar
Luba Malkina, domra

Tickets: $10 for Soundbridge members and $15 for non-members. Children 18 and under are free.

World Classical Music, Russian Classical Romance
Saturday, October 13, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, at 7 p.m.

Helen Pevzner, soprano
Anna Stovall, soprano
Elena Romanoff, piano

Tickets: $10 for Soundbridge members and $15 for non-members. Children 18 and under are free.

Simply Sawai: A Concert in Four Seasons Celebrating the Music of Sawai Tadao (1937-1997)
Friday, October 19, at 7 p.m.

Tickets: Free with a $5 suggested donation.

Musical Storytelling (3 to 9 years of age)
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.
Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Each session lasts one half hour.

Tickets: Free for Soundbridge members and price of daily admission for non-members.

* All programs and artists subject to change.

2007-2008 Kindermusik® Classes for Children and Families at Soundbridge

This fall, Soundbridge is proud to introduce our new Early Childhood Music program, featuring the internationally acclaimed Kindermusik program. Through movement and music, Kindermusik activities promote language development, symbolic thinking, coordination and social interaction while awakening a child’s imagination.

Soundbridge offers four different types of Kindermusik classes, organized by age group:

Village (Infant: Newborn to 17 months)
Do-Si-Do and Feathers
Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Class: 45 minutes. Parent or caregiver attends entire class.

This class is designed to provide families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement.

Our Time (Toddler: 16 months to 3 years)
Wiggles and Giggles
Wednesday 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Friday 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Saturday 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Class: 45 minutes. Parent or caregiver attends entire class.

This class focuses on your child’s healthy emotional development as confidence, curiosity and communication begin to take shape. Starts with easy imitative words and motions, then gradually introduces new games and songs that help a toddler learn to control her body, speak her mind and guide her on that all-important search for independence.

Imagine That! (Preschool: 3 to 5 year old)
See What I Saw
Friday 12:30 to 1:15pm
Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 12:15pm
Class: 45 minutes. Parent or caregiver attends last 10 minutes.

Make-believe is at the core of your child’s learning at this age, and in this class the creator, thinker and musician in your child come together for new musical ways to express discoveries. Help your child build a musical and verbal vocabulary through storytelling, active movement and dramatic expression.

Young Child (Ages 4½ to 7 years old)
Friday 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday 12:20 to 1:30 p.m.
Class: 60 minutes. Parent or caregiver attends last 10 minutes of class.

This class broadens and deepens the child's musicianship by providing a developmentally appropriate transition before he or she takes on more formal instruction. Includes rhythm, notation, musical symbols and authentic pre-keyboard, string and woodwind instruments. Your child will develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notations and vocabulary of music. Exposure to three core instruments–string, wind, keyboard.