IGknight: Music and Movement Class

The Summit IGknight program is a series of music and movement experiences designed to engage children from birth to 24 months with their parents or caregivers.

Parents and children engaged in music, movement and play

Activities learned in these classes stimulate a baby’s mind and body and can be replicated at home.  Aimed at the youngest musician, you and your child will strengthen your everlasting bond while exploring age-appropriate instruments, songs, stories, movement and dance. 

Psychologists, neuroscientists and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music helps the brain make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Our program is built on this research and led by Donna Doran, Elementary Music Specialist at The Summit. Research shows when babies and toddlers are consistently engaged by music in an age-appropriate setting they benefit at many levels:

  • They gain the phonological processing, spoken language and comprehension skills that are the foundation of reading.
  • They build the spatial-temporal and reasoning skills required for math and science.
  • They develop social and emotional skills that are essential for school readiness.
  • They develop their ability to regulate their responses and relate to others.
  • They improve their gross and fine motor skills through movement to music and playing simple instruments.

The Summit’s IGknight program is a wonderful tool for school readiness. The children learn to socialize, take turns and share along with all the wonderful benefits of music.


Ignite your baby's body and mind... experience music and movement together.

This class is offered in four sessions per year. Each class is limited to 12 students and all siblings 5 months and older must be registered for class in order to attend. Except in the case of twins, each sibling needs to have his or her own caregiver while attending class. Classes are held in the Montessori Library.

Winter 2024 Session: Jan. 22 to Apr. 15

Registration opens Nov. 24, 2023.
Fee/tuition is $300.



Spring 2024 Session: Apr. 17 to May 20

Registration opens Mar. 17, 2024.
Fee/tuition is $150



About Donna Doran

Donna holds a B.A. in Music Education, a M.M. in Music Education with emphasis in Orff-Schulwerk from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, all three levels of certification in Orff-Schulwerk and Kindermusik training. She has presented workshops and clinics at the local, state and national levels.

Her publications include the Orff for Everyone series, First Stage, Get in the Groove, Traditional Tales to Sing and Tell, One, Two, Three…Echo Me! Orff Companion and Goldie and the Bears in addition to others published with Heritage Music Press. She is a contributor to the general music periodical Activate! and sits on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Advisory Committee for Education.

Donna is the former Education Director and Host for Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions. For more information, contact: Donna Doran.

Summit elementary school music specialist Donna Dirksing Doran