The Enopion Theatre Company has found a new way to involve children in the arts.
The faith-based performing arts group is now accepting registration for its new Kindermusik program at the Kroc Center.
“First of all, we want to promote the arts,” said director Carol Rezzelle. “Enopion is all about the theater aspect. Kindermusik is all about rhythm. It teaches them at a very young age, whereas Enopion doesn’t get them until they’re into the sixth or seventh grades to do shows.”
She said participation in art programs like theater and music help children become more comfortable in front of people and teaches them social skills. Very young children can’t participate in theater because their attention spans are short, but they can memorize music and songs, she said.
“We wanted to start them young and get them used to that kind of thing (and used to) working with other kids,” she said.
The Kindermusik program is all about rhythm, Corinna Rezzelle said. Corinna, Carol’s daughter, is a certified Kindermusik teacher who teaches the classes at the Jewel Conservatory, her theater school in Savannah.
“Her program in Savannah just blossomed,” Carol Rezzelle said. “We saw what she was doing in Savannah and thought maybe we could start that here.”
Corinna will come to Augusta on the weekends to teach classes.
“The Kindermusik program is a really great program for toddlers and young elementary kids. It’s a really positive music program,” Corinna said. “It’s really, really fun.”
She’s taught Kindermusik for 10 months and said the opportunity to teach more classes make it worth the commute.
“I’ll do anything to teach a class. I just love it,” she said.
Toddlers will learn percussion instruments and different beats and movement. The older kids learn to play instruments like the glockenspiel and the recorder.
Classes will be held for three different age groups. Ages 5-7 will meet on Mondays at 4:30 p.m., ages 3-4 will meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, and ages 18 months to 2 years will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays.
For more information, call (706) 364-4064.