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ICC’s Early Childhood Program

The first step on your child’s singing journey.

For ages 18 mos - kindergarten

The goal of the Early Childhood Program is to enable all participants to reach their full potential in singing, vocabulary, and movement skills, with an emphasis on developing sensitivity to the expressive qualities in music. Each class is designed to be playful and enjoyable to children while providing a carefully planned curriculum that includes developmentally appropriate activities. Children are not taught formally about the specifics of music, but rather they play with music through a series of eight well-rounded activities based on the First Steps in Music curriculum.

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir offers Early Childhood music classes to children ages 18 months to 5 years old. These classes take place in preschools throughout the Indianapolis area, as well as in classes open to all children from Central Indiana on the campus of Butler University and other regional locations.

Through the eight basic activities included in classes based on the First Steps in Music curriculum, children and their parents/teachers experience singing, creative movement, simple instruments, fingerplays, and more with the help of the rich collection of traditional songs and rhymes from past generations.

Parents/Guardians attend class to support their child.

Join us for the Fall Session – Animals on Parade!

Join the ICC in our youngest division! Animals on Parade participants will join together with their caregiver for 8-weeks of fun and music-making while exploring animals, music, instruments, children’s literature, acting, dancing, and gross motor skills.

Each week we will build upon the previous week ending with a special “parade” production that the children will present for their family and friends!

Singing, instruments, movement, and dancing will bring families and children together through activities they can enjoy at home and build upon for years to come.

All current Music At Play classes are for children 3-5 years old unless noted below.

COVID-19 precautions are in place for everyone’s safety. Please click here for the ICC’s COVID-19 Handbook.

Early Childhood Locations for Fall 2021

Butler University
Lilly Hall, Room 133
Wednesdays, 5:45 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Sophie Strasheim
Starts: September 22, 2021
Cost: $125 + $25 registration fee

Cornerstone Lutheran Church – Carmel
4850 E. Main Street, Carmel, IN 46033
Room 101B – Enter through Door 6
Mondays, 5:45 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Sophie Strasheim
Starts: September 20, 2021
Cost: $125 + $25 registration fee

Cornerstone Lutheran Church – Fishers
13450 E. 116th Street, Fishers, IN 46037
Room P
Mondays, 6:00 – 6:45 pm
Instructor: Ben Batman
Starts: September 20, 2021
Cost: $125 + $25 registration fee

Zionsville Presbyterian Church
4775 W 116th St., Zionsville, IN 46077
Room – Sanctuary
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:15 pm
Instructor: Ashley Eaton
Starts: September 22, 2021
Cost: $125 + $25 registration fee

Hendricks County – For 18 months – 2 1/2 years
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
936 N. Girls School Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Room – Wesley Hall
Thursdays, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Instructor: Leeann Starkey
Starts: October 14, 2021
Cost: $125 + $25 registration fee

Activities based on First Steps in Music:
  • Pitch exploration (vocal warm-ups)
  • Song fragments
  • Simple Songs
  • Arioso (Child-centered tunes)
  • Song Tales
  • Movement exploration (movement warm-ups)
  • Movement for form and expression
  • Movement with the beat
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