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Dear Parents and Children,
It's 2022!! We are so excited to start classes back up for the Spring Semester! This semester will start on Tuesday, January 4th and the last day will be Tuesday, May 17th. We will not have class on May 15th due to Spring Break.
If you are new and are interested in joining our classes, please fill out the interest form here and our Education Coordinator, Susie Rockett, will be in touch with you. If you have any questions regarding registration, tuition, availability, etc please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anticipating learning with you,
Baby Music of Abilene SECE Instructors
The Abilene Philharmonic is excited to offer Baby Music of Abilene in partnership with Suzuki educators Joyce McGlaun and Caitlin Clark! This program is a part of the Philharmonic’s Academy of Music initiative to reach students of all ages beginning as early as infancy.
PLEASE DO NOT CLICK “JOIN TODAY” UNTIL AFTER INSTRUCTED BY SUSIE. After filling out the interest form, she will let you know if there are any spots open and will tell you how to proceed.
1102 North 3rd St. Suite C, Abilene, Texas 79601
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday Closed 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for lunch
Babies and toddlers from infancy to 4 yrs. and their parent(s). Parents are required to attend, and there should be a parent or trusted adult with each child.
Tuesdays at 4:30pm and 5:30pm
1102 North 3rd St., Ste. C, Abilene Philharmonic Office
The Philharmonic is thrilled to offer this important class at such an affordable rate because of grants from Community Foundation’s Future Fund members and Mrs. Kaye Price-Hawkins. Tuition is $32 a month with a one-time registration fee of $20. (scholarships are available)
Classes incorporate listening examples that are incorporated at home so that your child will listen and learn. Here are the links to purchase these listening activities:
Mrs. Joyce McGlaun has a bachelor of music in education from Texas Tech University. She has taught violin privately since 1969 and also taught orchestra for three years in the public school system. Mrs. McGlaun has been a violinist in symphony orchestras since 1966 and various string ensembles since 1969.
Joyce is a Member of Suzuki Association of the Americas, North Texas Suzuki Association, American String Teachers Association, and Harmony Club of Abilene, NFMC, serving in various offices in the local organizations and Texas Music Educators Association. Her Suzuki training includes Bks.1-5, 6-10 violin overviews, group lessons, supplemental literature, improvisation, and more. She studied privately with Dr. Virginia Kellogg, Dr. James Barber, et al. Mrs. McGlaun studied Suzuki Early Childhood training 1,2,3 with Dorothy, Don, and Sharon Jones. Upon completion of ECE certification in 2010, she opened a studio for early childhood education in 2011 with Caitlin Clark, a graduate of her violin studio.
Caitlin Clark holds a B.M. in Music Education from Hardin-Simmons University. She is currently the director of orchestras at Mann Middle School, and her students have been accepted into All-City Orchestra, All-Region Orchestra, State Solo and Ensemble Contest, and Revolution Strings.
She completed the training for Suzuki Every Child Can Learn in 2010 and is certified to teach Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 1. Beyond her training in early childhood music education, Ms. Clark is also able to draw from her seven years of experience as a daycare teacher for the same age group. Caitlin is a member of TMEA as well as the United Way of Abilene Campus Representative. In 2018 Ms. Clark was awarded the Teacher Tribute Award.
I am a homeschooled student and currently a Junior in High School.
I first started playing the violin when I was eight years old and have been Suzuki trained from the beginning. The past four semesters I have been a part of the Abilene Youth Orchestra, and have thoroughly enjoyed having an outlet to play alongside other musicians. Through my time in AYO, I had the special opportunity of serving as the Principle 2nd, as well as co-concert master. Music has always been a special part of my life and I am so very thankful to be a part of a program that cares deeply about cultivating music into young children’s learning!