BAR HARBOR — Early childhood music and movement classes with Deborah Reinke will be offered by the Ellsworth Community Music Institute at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center, 330 Main St., on four consecutive Mondays beginning Jan. 18 from 9:30-10 a.m.
During the class, children are encouraged to listen, chant and respond to age-appropriate songs that promote language skills and stimulate brain development. Along with the music, Reinke uses silk scarves, musical instruments and other items to engage participants.
Reinke earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, N.Y. Her interest in music learning theory eventually led her to study with its creator, Edwin Gordon, and she received a master’s degree at Temple University under his tutelage. While at Temple, she was trained in early childhood music education and has been teaching classes to preschool children in many venues during the last 22 years. Reinke helps direct George Stevens Academy fall musicals and sings regularly in her church choir and with the Bagaduce Chorale.
Participants should be between the ages of 18 months and 3 years, and parents should plan to remain with their children for the class. The cost for the four-week session is $35.
This class is being offered as a community outreach program of the Ellsworth Community Music Institute. To register, visit www.ellsworthcommunitymusic.org.