Sperber Music combines melodies, movement in Milton
Courtesy Nicole Dow; Neighbor Newspapers
Throughout the month of August,
Sperber Music is offering Milton and Alpharetta residents free trial versions of
its popular children’s classes at Bethwell Community Center.
moved to the Milton area so my name in Milton isn’t well known,” said music
school founder Karen Cornell. “So I just wanted to spread the word and just get
people excited about learning music.”
Parents with children up to age 3
can sign up for Cornell’s Music with Mommy class.
“That’s where the mom
or caregiver can come and bring their child and we do a whole music-making
class,” she said. “It will involve lots of different props like parachutes and
streamers and scarves and small percussion instruments that the children can
grasp in their hands.”
The Mini Musicians classes are for children ages 3
to 5, and the Music and Movement classes are for kindergarteners through third
“I absolutely love teaching children and teaching the younger
children is my forte,” said Cornell, who taught music at schools in Forsyth and
Fulton counties for about 16 years. “I love the creative part of it, the games
of it and the enthusiasm that the children have.”
In addition to using
child-sized instruments, she incorporates songs, dance, poems, books, games,
puppets and creative movement into her lessons.
The classes she teaches
at the music school follow the Orff-Schulwerk method of teaching. She has been
trained as a master teacher in that field of study.
“It’s just a way to
involve creativity for children,” Cornell explained. “There have been so many
studies done that say children learn best and can remember the information if
they are actively involved instead of being told something and having to
regurgitate the information.”
Cornell partnered with the city of Milton
last year to be its music education provider. Alpharetta residents also enjoy
the benefits of the discounted music classes through a mutual agreement between
the parks and recreation departments of both cities.
those two cities must pay a 50 percent upcharge for classes, Cornell
Aside from the free trials in August, classes generally last six to
“The parents have been very much surprised at how much
their child has grown in the eight weeks,” Cornell said.
classes are filling up quickly. To register or view a schedule, visit