First Steps in Music early-childhood music program at The Hartt School Community Division
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First Steps in Music


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First Steps in Music is The Hartt School Community Division’s music program for children between birth and five years old. Designed for children and caretakers to attend together, these classes develop motor and language skills through songs and creative movement while encouraging constructive social interactions through group activities and games. This joyful experience ignites a musical spark for a lifetime of learning and builds up readiness for more formal music training.

First Steps in MusicThrough singing, instrumental exploration, and games, children are given an appetite for music. In a playful manner, children develop sensory awareness, language, motor, creative and social skills along with gaining a wide repertoire of music. These sessions

  • inspire children to listen, feel, and move to music
  • stimulate a child's imagination through songs and movement
  • encourage constructive social interactions with other children and their families
  • are fun for kids and parents

Created by John Feierabend, Ph.D., First Steps in Music is a developmentally appropriate and carefully researched early childhood music program taught by Connie Greenwood. Classes are offered year-round for newborns and children up to five years of age.


Academic-year classes (September–June) are offered in sessions of 10 classes. There are three sessions during the academic year beginning in the fall, winter, or spring.

Summer classes are offered in short sessions, typically beginning in July.

Spring classes run Fridays and Saturdays, April 6–June 9. Download the spring 2018 calendar (PDF).

Early-bird Registration

Register by Thursday, March 15, and your $15 registration fee will be automatically waived.


Spring 2018 Schedule and Tuition

ClassDay/TimeLocationTuition (10 weeks)
Infant/Toddler (0–29 mos.)Friday 9:15–10 a.m.West Hartford$150
Nursery/Preschool (30 mos.–5 yrs.)Friday 10:10–11:10 a.m.West Hartford$180
Infant (birth–15 months)Saturday 8:45–9:30 a.m.West Hartford$150
Toddler (16–29 mos.)Saturday 9:35–10:20 a.m.West Hartford$150
Nursery (30–42 mos.)Saturday 10:25–11:20 a.m.West Hartford$180
Preschool (43 mos.–5 years)Saturday 11:25 a.m.–12:25 p.m.West Hartford$180
There is a $15 registration fee for those who register after 3/15/18. Classes run April 6–June 9.

First Steps in Music


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