Children's Playhouse enrolling for musical classes

Article Published: Aug. 25, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 19, 2011
Children's Playhouse enrolling for musical classes

Have a child who loves to sing, bang a drum, leap like a lion, play an instrument, act out a story or simply move, move, move?

The Children's Playhouse in Boone has a lineup of classes planned for active children this fall.

"We are so lucky to have seasoned teacher Lisa Baldwin bring her dynamic, educational program 'Music, Minds, and Motion' to The Playhouse. We will have energetic classes that promote literacy and a love of music for every age range from babies and expectant parents up to grade three," said Playhouse executive director Kathy Parham.

"Music, Minds, and Motion" classes combine music, movement and stories in a lively, age appropriate format. A board-certified elementary school teacher, Baldwin is also an accomplished singer-songwriter who has performed across the South and has been a frequent ringleader in years past for the Easter parade at the Watauga County Public Library, Parham said.

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In addition to classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, Baldwin will also offer "Step in the Story" for older kids (age 5-10), a class which will enhance students' literacy with opportunities to bring tales to life through acting, storytelling, singing and music making. Baldwin has a master's degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University.

Six week classes begin Sept. 14. Cost is $55 for Playhouse members and $65 for nonmembers. Registration is required; preregister by Sept. 13 and get a free music CD and T-shirt. Call (828) 263-0011 to sign up.

"Music, Minds and Motion for Babies and Expectant Parents, noon-12:35 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19

"Music, Minds and Motion for Toddlers," Section A: 9:30- 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19, or Section B: 9:30-10 a.m., Thursdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 20

"Preschool Music, Minds and Motion," Section A: 10:15-11 a.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19, or Section B: 10:15-11 a.m., Thursdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 20

"Step into the Story with Music, Minds and Motion," A Class for Kids 5-10 years old, Section A: 3:30-4:15 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19, or Section B: 3:30-4:15 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 20

About The Playhouse

Situated in a renovated house at 400 Tracy Circle near downtown Boone, The Children's Playhouse provides children from birth to age 8 with an enriching, educational play environment, while at the same time offering their parents and caregivers support in the important job of raising children.
Daily admission is $5 per person, or families can purchase a one-year membership is $100.

Programs, play areas and exhibits and informative parenting resources all support the Playhouse's mission.

Scholarship memberships are available for families that meet income guidelines. The Children's Playhouse is supported in part by the governments of Watauga County and the town of Boone and the High Country United Way.

For more information, call (828) 263-0011 or click to

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