Moms and Babies

Summit IGknight

Music and Movement Classes for Parents and Children (Birth to 24 months)

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 Summit IGknight program is built on this research and led by Donna Dirksing 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.

Ignite your baby’s body and mind while experiencing music and movement together. Activities in these classes are designed to stimulate your 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. The Summit’s IGknight program is also a wonderful tool for school readiness. The children learn to socialize, take turns and share along with all the wonderful benefits of music.

Classes are taught by Lower School Music Teacher Donna Dirksing Doran, who has a master's degree in Music Education with a specialization in the Orff-Schulwerk early childhood music method. (See her bio below.)

Parents can choose from one of the following three class meeting times. Each class is limited to 12 students. Out of respect for our registered members, please note that all siblings five 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 to work with during class. Once parents choose a class time, they will stay at that time through the completion of the session. Classes will be held in the Montessori Library.

  • Option 1: Monday  8:30-9:15 a.m.
  • Option 2: Monday 9:30-10:15 a.m.
  • Option 3: Wednesday 9-9:45 a.m.

Questions: Email Donna Dirksing Doran 

Three Sessions:
Three Options Each

Click on the register now button to select your session and option. All classes are taught by Donna Dirksing Doran in the The Summit's Montessori Library. 

Session I

Option One - Mondays  8:30-9:15 a.m.
Session Dates: Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 26; Dec. 3, 10.
Limit: Maximum of 12 students.
Fee: $215

Option Two - Mondays 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Session Dates: Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 26; Dec. 3, 10.
Limit: Maximum of 12 students.
Fee: $215

Option Three - Wednesdays 9-9:45 a.m.
Session Dates: Sept. 12,19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 28; Dec. 5, 12.
Limit: Maximum of 12 students.
Fee: $215

Session II

Option One - Mondays 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Session Dates: Jan. 7, 14, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 25; March 5, 11,18, 25; April 1, 8.
Limit: Maximum of 12 students.
Fee: $215

Option Two - Mondays 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Session Dates: Jan. 7, 14, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 25; March 5, 11,18, 25; April 1, 8.
Limit: Maximum of 12 students.
Fee: $215

Option Three - Wednesdays 9-9:45 a.m.
Session Dates: Jan. 9, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 10.
Limit: Maximum of 12 students.
Fee: $215

Session III

Registration for Session III will open later this year.

Option One - Mondays 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Session Dates: April 23 (Tuesday), 29; May  6, 13, 20.
Limit: Maximum of 12 students.
Fee: $90

Option Two - Mondays 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Session Dates: April 23 (Tuesday), 29; May  6, 13, 20.
Limit: Maximum of 12 students.
Fee: $90

Option Three - Wednesdays 9-9:45 a.m.
Session Dates: April 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22.
Limit: Maximum of 12 students.
Fee: $90

About Donna Dirksing Doran

  • B.A. in Music Education and a M.M. in Music Education
  • Specialization in Orff-Schulwerk
  • Holds all three levels of certification in Orff-Schulwerk as well as Kindermusik training
  • Frequent presenter of 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.
  • Contributor to the general music periodical Activate!
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Advisory Committee for Education.
  • Former Education Director, Host and Assistant Manager for Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions.