Kids Music Lab

Upcoming schedule TBA.

If you are interested, please call the office for more info: 301‑215‑7885.


Kids Music Lab

Upcoming schedule TBA.

If you are interested, please call the office for more info: 301‑215‑7885.


Il laboratorio musicale è un Percorso propedeutico attraverso canti ritmici per l’uso della voce parlata utilizzando: conte , filastrocche, detti della tradizione popolare. Il tutto giocato attraverso l’approccio verso alcuni aspetti della musica quali il ritmo e il cambiamento di velocità, l’alternarsi fra solo e tutti , piano e forte.

Si tratta di un corso per bambini di età prescolare e scolare. Attraverso un approccio dapprima informale ed in seguito sempre più consapevole, i bambini si immergeranno nel mondo dei suoni utilizzando la voce e lo strumentario Orff. Nella modalità collettiva ed in un contesto sempre ludico e creativo, giungeranno ad una prima alfabetizzazione musicale propedeutica .

Tenuto dalla Prof.ssa Toscano Felicia docente di Coro, propedeutica e strumento musicale.

In English:

The course will be taught through real musical experiences where the children will be completely immersed into music. This will be achieved by incorporating music using three different approaches: GAMES, MOVEMENTS and FANTASY. The course will provide various fun activities such as dances, singing games, rhythmic games, nursery rhymes, songs, dramatizations and vocalizations; the activities will take place in a ludic environment like fairy tale or made-up stories. This will allow a gradual and spontaneous acquisition of a basic theoretical-musical knowledge.
The project aims to offer children a living and first-hand experience, to create the bases and tools necessary for a gradual and early education. It aims to develop a personality interested in art and music. At the same time, a catered music approach will begin, with the purpose of evaluating and further develop any natural skill, for a possible subsequent systematic study of the discipline.

The GAME modality is focused on using and developing motion and sensory abilities, expressive and intellectual abilities, socialization and affectivity of the children thus creating the conditions for spontaneous, authentic and personal participation. This participatory modality will be used during the entire musical journey and it will allow to make music since the first classes by using natural skills and competences of the students.
Focusing on body motion will allow the children to turn real life experiences in personal emotional experiences. For instance, knowledge of oneself and others can be used as an instrument to absorb the outside world and discover and guide one’s emotions.

The FANTASTIC modality, that is to say using a fictional story or a fairy tale, will allow the child to make a transition from dream to reality, from the personal to the collective, from the irrational to the rational, from chaos to order, without ever losing control either of the one or the other dimension.
For the entire duration of the course, above all in the initial phase, the teacher will propose SOUND MODELS, by singing or using musical instruments, that the children can make their own and use them as a hint while producing music (as is the case for the study of a spoken language).


The main objective of the course is turning music into a “toy” for children to play with letting their bodies express their emotions and providing occasions to reflect.
The program includes multiple fun musical activities: games using rhythm and singing, dances, exercises with rhythmic and melodic instruments, building musical instruments. This will allow children not to be passive recipients. On the contrary, they will be creators and performers during the different activities.
Starting from a very informal approach to music, musical literacy will be achieved using rhythmic-melodic instruments that will be provided by the school. At the end of the course, whose detailed program is available to interested parties, children will participate in a performance and will receive a certificate.

In particular, the goals are:
a) Being aware of the expressive tonic potential of one’s body through active listening (in this phase structured dances, imitation of rhythmic sequences and interpretation of sound stimuli with free and creative gesture and movement will be proposed).
b) Development of the space-time relationship.
c) Development of auditory sensitivity.
d) Discovery of the sound and the elements that make up the music: soundscapes, the noises, voices, …
e) Recognition of a melody, a musical phrase, a harmonic structures, different timbres, the dynamics of sound, pulsation, rhythmic figures.
f) Use of the voice.
g) Development of focusing and memorization skills, through the singing of songs (even in several pitches), nursery rhymes, soundtracks of narrated or made-up stories, games involving breathing.
h) Encode the sound associated with graphic-pictorial signs and reproduce it with rhythmic instruments and with the voice.
i) Knowledge of basic elements of musical writing: pentagram, notes.
l) Knowledge of basic elements of composition, in the sense of putting together multiple sound elements in a temporal sequence.
m) Creating simple musical pieces, associated with the dramatization of an already existing or invented story.
n) Develop the ability and attention to listening to music of different geographical origins and different historical times.
O) Promote communication skills and socialization

The teacher will provide Orff instruments.


Felicia Toscano

Director of the ICS Music School

Felicia Toscano is a classical guitarist, from Taranto, Italy. She started taking guitar lessons since she was 10 with Master Duilio Bellone.

She is a teaching veteran in  several County Public Schools in Italy . She holds a National Board Certified teacher of Italian for elementary school (2006). She holds Certificate  ICon AP Italian Language and Culture as a Tutor. She taught Italian language at G. Tosi elementary school, D. Purificato Elementary and Middle school , and Gramsci school  in Rome.

She entered the local Conservatorio “G. Paisiello” in Taranto  (which is Paisiello’s native town) ranking first among the entrance exam candidates. In Taranto, she studied with Master Pino Forresu, graduating in 1999 with a Masters Degree in Music. Than she studied Musical Interpretation with Senio and Alirio Diaz. She got a Permanent Certification as Music Teacher for Public Schools at “Roma 3” University in Rome.

She graduated as Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education at S.I.M.E.O.S. School in Verona, and she attended Music Therapy Courses in Assisi (PG). She moved to Rome and she taught in several Public Middle and High Schools. She was on the board of private music schools and cultural associations such as “Music Risonanze Association” Rome – EUR and “Music and Arts Association” Fonte Laurentino – EUR.

From 2015 to 2017, she taught as Adjunct Guitar Professor at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia of Rome. She was a volunteer teacher in the Down Syndrome children association in Rome and the Spastic Association in Taranto. In the course of her career, she has been awarded many first-place prizes in national and international guitar classic and folk music competitions: Spanish Music Festival of Puglia, Music Festival “Baroque City”, Guitar Festival of Fiuggi, Great Jubilee of 2000, International Competition Ferrero Luigi Riva dei Tessali, and European Music Competition “Pythagoras.”

Felicia formed several artistic partnerships with Spanish orchestras such as Acords Joves Orchestra de Montilivi Girona directed from Euken Master Imanol Ledesma. She appeared on stage both as soloist and with orchestras and various chamber ensembles. She is a highly distinguished and well-known seminar senior lecturer in the area of Mediterranean rites and guitar music analysis.

With her innovative and lively approach to music education, Felicia Toscano founded and directed Canarios Guitar Orchestra, which she conducted in several concerts, competitions, and performances. Felicia believes in fostering a tuneful, beautiful, artful learning community based on music education, and works as a concert performer and teacher in Italy and US. She also has a certification to teach in elementary, middle and high schools in Italy.

She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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