Baby Music of Abilene

Baby Music of Abilene

 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.

Suzuki trained instructors Joyce McGlaun and Caitlin Clark use nursery rhymes, dance, action songs, and instruments to teach basic musical skills such as pitch matching, rhythm recognition. Students have the opportunity to play age appropriate tuned and untuned percussion instruments with supervision. The importance of listening and learning music as a language is emphasized with a purchased recording for daily use at home. Young students learn in a stimulating, musical, non-threatening environment. Activities are chosen to promote development of fine and gross motor coordination, listening, sequencing, memory, pre-reading and pre-math as well as character building through music learning. Parents are guided in observing and teaching their children.

The goal of this program is to offer young children and their parents the chance to learn about and to enjoy music together and, thus, to enrich lives.

Meet the Instructors

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.

Shawn Earthman is a homeschooled high school senior, who has been playing the violin for twelve years. She began learning to play the violin with Joyce McGlaun and currently studies with Rhea Edelman of Dallas. Shawn is currently the concertmaster of the Abilene Youth Orchestra and has previously been involved in the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock, Suzuki Talent Education of the Lubbock Region, and the Amati Strings ensemble in Lubbock. She annually participates in the Lone Star Young Artists' Program in Dallas and performs with her siblings in the Knox/Haskell County communities. Shawn is passionate about music, 4-H, and working with young children.

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For more information contact instructor Joyce McGlaun at or our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Abigail Payne, at

Abilene Philharmonic Office
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

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Who: 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.

Where: Abilene Philharmonic office 1102 N. 3rd, Suite C

When: Tuesday evenings at 4:30PM and 5:30PM

Cost: 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)

Listening Resources: 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:

Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes Week 1 Lullabies, Action Songs and Rhymes Week 2

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