First Steps!


The Creative Arts Guild announces the addition of new group music classes for young children. The program is called “First Steps”. Below is more information. Anna Wiles is the teacher. A projected start date is Tuesday, October 16th. The class for 8 month-2 year-olds would be from 4:30 to 5:15. The class for 3-5 year-olds would be from 5:30 to 6:15. Classes are at 520 West Waugh Street. The class would run for 8 weeks, skipping November 20th. The cost will be $125 for the entire session, or students can drop in at $20 per class.

For more information, contact Guild Music Director Lisa Elders at 706-259-1822 or

In First Steps in Music, the goal is to instill the first building blocks of musicality. This allows the student to eventually become:

* Tuneful: to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.

* Beatful: to feel the pulse of music and how that pulse is grouped in either twos or threes.

* Artful: to be moved by music in the many ways music can elicit an emotional response.

What is First Steps in Music?

First Steps in Music is a teaching approach and curriculum for young children developed by John Fieirabend, an American music educator.

What will my child learn?

Instead of teaching musical concepts, this method focuses on “music readiness” and develops a child’s aptitude for music in a child-friendly way!

What type of music will be used?

The child will experience many unaccompanied simple melodies. This is very appropriate for their age and musical ear. However, we will also use classical music for movement, nursery rhymes, and song-tales that might be accompanied.

About the Instructor:

Anna Wiles is a second-year music teacher at Brookwood Elementary School She graduated from Lee University with a degree in Vocal/General Music Education. She is certified in First Steps, a method of teaching young children that strengthens their aptitude for music, and is currently pursuing her Kodály certification. Anna is passionate about working with young children to instill in them a love for music.