Sarah Yacoviello wants children to grow up with a lifelong love for music.
Yacoviello is a Kindermusik instructor for Windham Music Studios, which she and her husband, Robert, own.
The Kindermusik early learning music program is designed for newborns to 7-year-olds. The program is held at Providence Presbyterian Church in Manchester Township, and classes will start soon at the York Jewish Community Center.
Six York County families gathered for a recent class at Providence Presbyterian. The children sing, play with drums and other percussion instruments, and go through a series of movement exercises such as dancing in a circle.
Since activities stimulate children so much, each session includes a "quiet time" when the children and their parents sit on the floor, the lights are brought down, and they just listen to music.
Yacoviello said developing a love for music affects some facets of a child's learning. "When they're babies, it helps to give them an intrinsic love of the creative. Something that will benefit them for their entire life," she said.
She explains it's vital for children to appreciate music so they grow up as free thinkers; she doesn't want to see music programs eliminated in the schools.
"Music impacts so many areas of our life that if we get rid of it, we're going to lose a facet of our society that is rich and very important," she said. "No matter whatever line of work they're in, they'll be able to think about new ideas, solve problems in a creative way."
To learn more about the classes, visit www.kindermusikwithgrace.com or call 202-2469.
To watch a video from one of the classes and view an online photo gallery, go to www.yorkdispatch.com.