Inside a classroom and First United Methodist at Butternut and South First is a whole lot of dancing, drumming, music and singing. And it's all coming from some of the littlest people (and their parents).
It's called Baby Music of Abilene. Creators Joyce McGlaun and Caitlin Clark follow what's called Suzuki Early Childhood Education.
"Well fundamentally, what we're doing is that we're trying to grow up nice people, " McGlaun said.
The curriculum uses music to not only introduce babies and toddlers to rhythm, song, and beautiful tones. It also teaches them how to listen, take turns, and follow direction. They're skills that McGlaun says really do start to take hold in even the youngest of minds.
"Music has so many nerve pathways that go into the brain. It develops your language skills, your motor skills, your memory skills, your rhythm skills. It's just amazing," McGlaun said.
The class runs for about an hour, and as you'll quickly learn, the adults do just as much singing and dancing as the kids. The class is the only one of its kind offered outside of Houston or the Metroplex. McGlan and Clark started the Abilene class January of last year.
"What we've seen since then has just been an explosion of learning...the children who have come to the class have learned far more than we could have ever imagined," McGlaun said.
The Suzuki Baby Music class is always open to new students. Classes are currently held Thursday evenings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Tuition runs $45 a month -- or $180 a semester. For more information go to www.suzukibabymusic.blogspot.com.