Music Play


Early Childhood Music Development Lab

Every Child Deserves an Education in Music


(One for each child) 
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Texas A & M University- Kingsville, Department of Music proudly presents
Early Childhood Music Development Lab

Director: Dr. Catherine Tu is Assistant Professor of Music Education at TAMUK. She received a B.M. and M.M. degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina and Ph.D. in Music Education from University of Miami in Florida. She is certified in Musikgarten, Orff-Schulwerk, Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) early childhood, elementary, and instrumental music. Her research interests are infant and toddler music behaviors, and the effects of daily music exposure on children’s language development.

Student Teaching Assistants:

Rachel Pulido and Kaitlynn Bagwell


Music is learned in much the same way that language is learned.  Just as children learn to speak from being in a rich, language-filled environment, children become musical through exposure to a rich, music-filled environment.  Like language acquisition, musical development occurs sequentially, moving through stages of listening, vocal exploration, music babble, and audiation which eventually lead to beat competency and accurate singing with proper breathing and expression. You child will be guided through developmentally appropriate practices suggested by Dr. Edwin Gordon (Music Learning Theory for Newborn and Young Children, 2013.)

The TAMUK Javelina Music Play Program is designed to create a rich musical environment for children.  Some children will be active participants, while others will prefer to watch and absorb.  Although classes will differ according to the age levels and readiness of the children, all classes will include songs in a variety of tonalities and chants in a variety of meters, Laban movement, and instrument exploration.  Many of the songs and chants performed in class will be without words, because we want the children to focus on the musical content rather than their natural tendency to focus on words. A certificate of completion of the curriculum will be awarded to each child at the end of the course.

You must fill out the following Participant Waiver form and send it in with your registration form.”>Participant

Spring 2019 classes begin on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 and end on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. These 9 classes are free and open to the public (with $25 non-refundable administrative fee for Spring 2019 semester).

January 15, 22, 29

February 5, 12, 19, 26

March 5, 19


Registration Form:

Child’s Name (first and last)________________________________________________

Child’s Age __________ Sex ____ Date of Birth __ /__ /__

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) ____________________________________________________

Phone Number(s)_____________________Email______________________________


City _________________________________ TX, Zip _______________________


Check the class that you would like to register.

_____4:35 pm -5:05 pm: Babies Music Play (Newborn to 3)

_____5:05 pm-5:35 pm: Kids Music Play (3-6)

_____5:40 pm-6:30 pm: Javelina Orff-Schulwerk Youth (JOY) ensemble (6- 9)

Registration will be confirmed at time of payment online.

Video Permission Statement: I understand that each class will be video-recorded for the purpose of music development research by Dr. Catherine Tu and her music students and for the purpose of teacher training sessions at conferences and seminars worldwide. I also understand that my child’s identity and the identity of the caregiver(s) who accompany my child to class will be protected.

Music Play Class Dates:

January 15, 22, 29

February 5, 12, 19, 26

March 5, 19

Location: Music Building room #118, 905 w. Engineering Ave.

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Music Play perfectly prepares students and parents to transition into our playing-based Javelina Orff-schulwerk ensemble and piano program. The Piano program accepts students age nine through adult (managed by Dr. Reinhuber,, 361-593-2822, $15 per lesson taught by piano students).
• Registrations are now being accepted by mail or in person on a first-come, first-served
  basis. Class size is limited to 12. Check this website for class registration and closings.
• Or you can print, complete, and return/mail this registration form (Music Play Fall 2018) with $25.00 (per family for Spring 2019 semester) administrative fee to Music Office, Sheri Borchardt, 905 w. Engineering Ave., MSC 174, Texas A & M University-Kingsville, TX 78363. Checks payable to TAMUK. For more information please contact Dr. Catherine Tu at or 361-593-2807.
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