Musicianship Classes

General musicianship classes are included in rehearsals for the Da Capo, Lyric, Treble, Concert Choir, & Master Singers. In musicianship classes, singers will learn age-appropriate vocal technique, pitch- and rhythm-matching skills, and ensemble teamwork. Curriculum is based on Kodály methodology.

Musicianship Teachers:  Ashley Cuthbertson, Kristen Jorde, Miranda Lansberry, Gina CrescenzoLauren Hentz, Anita Aberle, and Samantha Lewin


Early Childhood Music Classes

Research shows that in-tune singing and movement skills are best developed in early childhood.  The activities in our early childhood music class are based on folk songs and traditional rhymes. This rich repertoire is best for the young child, because folk song is a natural means of melodic expression and flowing use of language.  The repertoire prepares young children for singing high-quality literature in our Da Capo Choirs.  Pedagogy is a Kodály-inspired approach based on “First Steps in Music,” developed by John Feierabend.

Class structure

  • Greeting, gathering, welcoming songs
  • Pitch exploration
  • Song Fragments
    • Echo Songs
    • Call and Response Songs
  • Simple Songs
  • Percussion Exploration
  • Active listening
  • Child-Created Tunes
  • Movement Exploration
  • Movement with the Beat
  • Song Tales
  • Parent Sharing

Parents are always welcome to sit in on classes if they wish (they are not required to do so).  Parents will also receive a copy of the focus song to review at home and to build a repertoire of simple songs and rhymes.



FCS has classes in Annandale for ages infant to 4 years, and in Vienna for ages 3 to 4 years! Please download the registration form for your preferred campus. Registration forms and tuition are due to the FCS office by September 15th. Forms can be submitted via email or mailed to our offices. For more information, call or email us!

Annandale Early Childhood Registration (Infant to 4 years old)
Annandale 2016-17 Schedule and Handbook

Vienna Early Childhood Registration (3 to 4 years old)
Vienna 2016-17 Schedule and Handbook

Full Year (September-May): $335
Early Childhood Class Session 1 (September–December) OR Session 2 (January–April) only: $167.50
Early Childhood Class Session 1 AND Session 2 (September-April): $235
Early Childhood Mini-Session (April-May): $135