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At The Virginia Beach School of the Arts' "Music Mommy & Me" classes, kids and parents sing together to learn musical terms such as rhythms, notes, piano, and orchestral instruments. These classes work hand-in-hand with "Baby School", another entertaining program to help kids learn things such as sign language, academic information, and mathematical concepts through music and movement.
"Five layers in the Earth's atmosphere," the song begins. "Troposphere from here to 10 miles up. Stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, and exosphere. Pass these, and then you're in outer space." So goes the song "Atmosphere," set to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It." By setting these easy-to-confuse scientific terms to a familiar song and adding in simple hand motions, kids can absorb knowledge better than a paper towel set on an encyclopedia. This is the concept behind Acadamiacs, one of the programs that combines education and fine arts at The Virginia Beach School of the Arts.
At the school, students learn important educational concepts such as reading and math; fine-arts concepts such as art, dance, and music; and social concepts such as following directions and listening skills. And while most classes are geared toward kids as young as 3 months old, adults are welcome in some courses, including private music lessons.