Ava True, 18 months, sits in the lap of her mother, Amy Monahan, as she takes part in the Kindermusik program at Allegany College of Maryland Tuesday afternoon.

CUMBERLAND - Music filled the air as smiling children twirled around swirling brightly colored iridescent scarfs at Allegany College of Maryland Tuesday.

"I like banging the drums the best," 6-year-old Connor Stephen of Westernport said of the Kindermusik program.

In addition to being fun, the internationally recognized Kindermusik program provides an opportunity for children to develop social, emotional and cognitive skills, according to Allegany College human services coordinator Christa Snyder.

"It teaches music and motion and encourages interaction between parents and children, and it helps them develop creative thinking skills and learn discipline," she said.

Participants develop good listening and social skills, said licensed Kindermusik educator Ann Rebuck.

Eighteen-month-old Ava True of Cumberland enjoys the social aspect of the class, said her mother Amy Monahan.

Five-year-old Kayla Albright of LaVale always has a good time in class.

"She's learning the fundamentals of music, and she has more of an awareness of what music is," said her mother Pam Albright.

Michael Robertson of Salisbury, Pa., said attending class with his 2 1/2-year-old daughter Dorsea has been a rewarding experience.

Singing, playing instruments, creative dancing, rhyming and storytelling are among the program's musical activities.

Bringing music into the lives of children and their families is Rebuck's favorite part of the program. Rebuck, who has been teaching music since 1973, began teaching Kindermusik in 1999.

After observing Rebuck teach a local Kindermusik class, Synder thought the program would be a nice addition to Allegany College.

"This is the first year we've had the program, and participation has been good," said Synder.

Four sections of classes are offered for children from birth to 7 years of age; each section meets once a week for eight or 15 weeks, depending on the age group. In addition, participants receive materials, which allow activities to be continued at home.

Although the dates are yet to be determined, Snyder plans to offer another Kindermusik program during the spring semester.

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