Music program helping local children to bloom
by Daniel Gaddy
Aug 20, 2010 | 1420 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Analeigh Gay, a student at Blooming Grove Baptist Church’s early childhood music program, plays a piano in class. Analeigh will perform with her class today at 10 a.m. in the church. Photo special to the Eagle
Analeigh Gay, a student at Blooming Grove Baptist Church’s early childhood music program, plays a piano in class. Analeigh will perform with her class today at 10 a.m. in the church. Photo special to the Eagle
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Though Shelia Pulliam taught music in elementary schools for years, she said she has been amazed by the students in her early-childhood music course at Blooming Grove Baptist Church in Curry.

“They’re just little sponges absorbing it all,” she said. “It’s a joy to see the success they’ve had.”

The program, Blooming Grove Early Childhood Music, has been going on for two years, and its students range in age from 18 months to seven years old. Pulliam said the children start by learning to identify notes and rhythms and work their way to reading and writing music. The children use instruments like recorders, keyboards, bells and maracas.

Pulliam and music teacher Linda Hyche end each year of the program with a performance at Blooming Grove Baptist Church. This year’s students will perform at the church today at 10 a.m. Pulliam said the students will play songs such as “Oh How I Love Jesus.” The older students will also perform a song they composed themselves.

The Blooming Grove Early Childhood Music program uses a curriculum from a national preschool music program based in Huntsville called Perfect Praise.

“I was really impressed with their program and wanted to implement it in our community,” Pulliam said.

Pulliam said, more than just a fun activity for the children, early childhood music programs foster cognitive development in children.

“There have been countless studies done that show music students perform higher in reading and math skills,” she said. “It just generally makes kids smarter.”

Pulliam said the new year of the music program will begin after labor day, but children can enter into the class at any time. The program still has four spots open, she said.

Tuition for the class is $40 for toddlers, $56 for 3- and 4-year-olds and $70 for 5- to 7-year-olds.

For more information, call Pulliam at 205-221-3611 or Hyche at 205-221-7471.