FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC Comes to the Warner

The Warner Theatre is excited to announce that the University of Hartford's Hartt School Community Division will lead a five-week FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC pilot program at the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education this fall. The program will run from October 6-November 7, 2018.

FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC is The Hartt School Community Division's music program for children between birth and five years old. Designed for children and caretakers to attend together, these classes develop motor and language skills through songs and creative movement while encouraging constructive social interactions through group activities and games. This joyful experience ignites a musical spark for a lifetime of learning and builds up readiness for more formal music training.

Through singing, instrumental exploration, and games, children are given an appetite for music. In a playful manner, children develop sensory awareness, language, motor, creative and social skills along with gaining a wide repertoire of music. These sessions inspire children to listen, feel, and move to music; stimulate a child's imagination through songs and movement; encourage constructive social interactions with other children and their families; and are fun for kids and parents.

Created by John Feierabend, Ph.D., FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC is a developmentally appropriate and carefully researched early childhood music program. To register for the program, call the WTCAE at 860-489-7180 x 148 or visit warnertheatre.org.

Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre." Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat Studio Theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region.

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