Kingsville — The Children’s Music Development Lab at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will hold Javelina Music Play classes for young children from birth to nine years old. Classes will be held Tuesdays beginning Sept. 4 and ends Nov. 6. Class size is limited to 12 children per class.

All classes will be held in room 118 of the Bellamah Music Building, 905 W. Engineering Ave.

The Javelina Music Play classes are part of an innovative program designed to develop the music potential of young children. Music is best learned if informal music guidance is begun as early in life as possible.

In the classes, children are guided by their teachers, parents and caregivers to develop music skills through fun, playful, socially interactive music activities that include singing, chanting and moving. Older children are introduced to a variety of music instruments.

The goal of the program is to help children increase their music aptitudes and develop initial music skills that prepare them for a lifetime of music enjoyment and appreciation. Thanks to a service learning grant, this year, students in the JOY class may play university-owned ukuleles.

Young children are divided into three different age groups:

Babies Music Play from Birth to three years, from 4:35 to 5:05 p.m. Kids Music Play for three to six years, from 5:05 to 5:35 p.m. Javelina Orff-Schulwerk Youth (JOY) from six to nine years, from 5:40 to 6:30 p.m. The classes are free and open to the public with a $50 per family registration fee. Registration is available at the website, by mail or in person. Registration forms and instructions are available on the website.

For more information, contact Dr. Catherine Tu at or 361-593-2807.