Junior Program

Junior Program

The Junior Program provides our youngest singers with a firm foundation of basic music skills and music literacy to prepare them for further study. The Kodály-based program is for children four to ten years of age (Grade 1 to Grade 5), offered in a small class size that encourages a personal educational relationship. In a playful atmosphere, the singers acquire the ability to hear and think music.

Artistic Director, Elaine Quilichini, designed the Junior Program based on her many successful years as a teacher and professional instructor of teachers in the Kodály method at the University of Calgary and numerous seminars and workshops.

The Kodály philosophy of music education aims to instill a love and joy for music in students while guiding them to develop music literacy and experience great music. That joy and personal independence will lead singers to have a lifelong love of singing and the confidence to pursue it in future situations. “Teach a man to fish and he will never be hungry” is an expression we all understand. I believe we might very well say, “teach a child to read music and they will always make music.” The CGC junior music program is based on the Kodaly philosophy and a commitment to providing an enriched musical experience based on the pursuit of excellence.

Classes and locations may be subject to change


Dolce (Sweetly) is for girls in grades 1-5.

In the junior program the girls will follow the Kodály-based approach and continue to focus on in tune singing, movement and musical literacy, The artistic and musical response to the songs they sing is developed further and the girls develop an increased awareness of musical elements in their repertoire. Dolce choristers soon become very familiar with rhythm reading and solfa. Solfa is an approach to teaching sight singing that uses the movable doh - re -mi syllables to develop the inner ear and which enables the singers to become independent readers of music.

Please note that our previous "Bella" program has now merged with the Dolce program.

Area Day Time
Northwest Now Combined with Southwest See Southwest
Southwest -Knox Presbyterian Tuesday 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm