Early childhood music courses introduce young children to the world of music and begin or further the development of musical skills and awareness. This course takes three to five terms to complete. Each semester, students learn 15 to 20 age appropriate songs, games, and dances. The material is then used as the foundation from which students begin to explore the basic elements of music - pitch, rhythm, melody and beat. After two to three semesters, students begin learning to read and write basic solfege notation in pitch and rhythm. The philosophy of the program and this course, that children learn best when they are having fun, continues to be fundamental in the curriculum development and delivery.