Family Music Classes

Family Music Classes
Fall 2021 Outdoor Music Classes! 
As we continue to journey through COVID-19, our fall classes will be held in-person OUTSIDE - rain or shine (but not during any thunderstorms) at the West Reading Playground Pavilion the weeks of September 13th - October 25th!

***Please note that NO classes will be held Thursday October 21st or Monday October 25th***

Pre-registration is required! 

NO walk-ins! 

Class sizes are limited, please register early! 

The West Reading borough is allowing us to use the pavilion at no cost. We will not have the use of restrooms. The covered pavilion is located at 505 Sycamore Rd. next to the West Reading pool and playground, across from the Museum. On-street parking is available near the pavilion. Street signs indicate that parking is allowed in permit only locations up to 2 hours without a permit. Weekly street cleaning parking restriction signs are posted on each street.

No Zoom classes are being planned for the fall at this time. 

We will social distance by family. We will not be sharing instruments. Face masks for outside classes, at this time are optional. However, we do suggest that adults who are not fully vaccinated please wear face masks to protect the children. Our instructor, Carla Seidel, is fully vaccinated and plans to wear a face mask to protect the children.

This is subject to change as needed based on CDC and local recommendations or mandates. 

If you or a family member is ill or have any COVID related symptoms, we ask that your family please stay home. 

Fall Schedule!

Pre-registration is required! Class sizes are limited, please register early! 
A confirmation email is sent to all registered families. 

No walk-ins! 

Monday Classes at the Pavilion - 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18
10AM - 10:30AM   infants to age 5   (this class is filled)
11AM - 11:30AM   infants to age 5

NO classes will be held Monday October 25th!

Thursday Classes at the Pavilion - 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28
10AM - 10:30AM   infants to age 5   (this class is filled)
11AM - 11:30AM   infants to age 5   (this class is filled) 

NO classes will be held Thursday October 21st! 

Families attend the same class and time that they are registered for each week. 

Registered Families: Please bring the following items to the classes: 
- large blanket for your family to stay on for the classes
- please wear comfortable clothing for movement activities
- instruments for each child: rhythm sticks, shaker, drum, scarf 
**** On a one time basis, one pair of rhythm sticks, one shaker and one scarf will be provided for children to keep and bring for each class and each semester your family is registered for during COVID as we are not sharing instruments during this time. Parents are responsible for any lost or damaged instruments. Instruments are not toys, please keep the instruments and scaves separate from toys. Buckets and plastic containers/bowls work great for drums if you do not have a drum). 

Home School Class ages 5+
Our home school class will be held Monday's at 1PM the weeks of 9/13 - 10/18 at Bethany.  (this class is filled) 

Please email Carla if you would like more information about our home school class. 

If you are interested in registering for a fall music class, please email Carla at or call the church office 610-375-7163. 

Suggested Class Fees (fall/winter/spring semesters): 
As we continue to journey through the pandemic and until we are able to safely return to in-door classes at Bethany, we are changing the suggested semester fee to $25.00 per family instead of a per child suggested fee. If the suggested family fee does not work for your family, that is not a problem. We understand that this pandemic has affected families in many different ways. 

All of the fees are used towards the cost of instruments, materials, curriculum and
instructor continuing education for the classes. 
There are no instructor fees. 

Class fees/donations can be brought to a music class or sent to:
 (please make checks payable to "Bethany Lutheran")
Bethany Lutheran 
attn.: Music Classes
336 Franklin St. 
West Reading, PA. 19611


Household Items/Make Your Own At-Home Musical Instruments
and Movement Ideas! 

These are just some creative with finding SAFE items in your kitchen and around the house. 

Only use items that are SAFE for children and NO Choking Hazards.

Materials to make rain sticks and ocean drums: 
- empty paper towel or TP holders (or other tubes you may have) at least 1 for each child, some children might want to tape tubes together for a longer rain stick
- tape (preferably masking tape, packing tape, duct tape - colored tape would be fun) 
- paper plates (2 for each child) - sturdier plates (preferably plastic coated or cut resistant plates for a better sound and durability); 8.5 inches is a good size for smaller hands but whatever size you have on hand will work 
- foil 
- dried beans, rice, small/tiny seeds, beads - anything similar you have on hand that could be used to put inside the ocean drum and rain stick
- markers or crayons; stickers
- stapler (for mom or dad to use) 

Rain Stick: tape one end of paper towel holder closed; make small balls with foil and place in tube, not quite to the top; then add dried beans, etc. Tape other end of tube closed. Make sure ends are securely sealed so nothing falls out. Decorate the outside of the tube. 

Ocean Drum: using paper plates, right side up, add dried beans, etc. 1/4 - 1/2 full; place other plate on top, staple around the edges then securely tape around the entire edge so nothing falls out. Decorate the outside of the plates. 

Fill a sturdy small container that small hands can hold and not break and that can not be placed in their mouth; with dried beans, rice, pasta; could also use beads. Seal the container tightly and securely so nothing falls out of the container. 

Place a small box of dried pasta in a storage bag that can be tightly sealed (so pasta does not fall out).

Rhythm Sticks
Wooden spoons; spatulas. 

Make your own by cutting 3/4" wooden dowels into 6" sections then sanding the ends until completely smooth.

Plastic bowls, pots and pans, boxes, buckets.
Drum sticks: pool noodles cut into 10" sections make fun quiet drum sticks. 

Metal Sounds
Tapping spoons together, tapping metal pots and pans/lids with a wooden spoon or spatula. 

Scraping Sounds
Cooling rack and a spoon, whisk or spatula.

Sand Blocks
Cut pool noodles into 5" or 6" sections then cut each section in half lengthwise, rub together. 

Any kind of silk type scarf that will move easily.

Laundry Boats
Laundry baskets! 

At-Home Parachute
Old bed sheet or large scarf.

(Email for video instructions to make ocean drums, rain sticks and ideas for household item instruments OR for suggestions to purchase instruments to use at home)

About our Family Music Classes!

Our Orff approach program provides a creative environment for making music through the exploration of singing, playing instruments, listening, movement and imaginative play. Parents (or a caregiver) and children participate together in the classes.

We sing, dance, move and use a wonderful variety of instruments in the classes. Sometimes we put books to music, sometimes we include finger plays and sometimes our puppet friends help us sing. 

About our Instructor!

Our music instructor is Carla Seidel. Carla founded this outreach program in 2002. Carla has a passion for music and loves working with children. Carla has received certification through Music Rhapsody, the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Musikgarten, Kutztown University Academy for Church Organ Studies and the American Guild of Organists. Carla has also studied at Alvernia University and Columbia University; and also with Kids' Music Round, Come Children Sing Institute and World Music Drumming.
Carla has more than 30 years experience as a Church musician directing various choirs for children, teens, adults, handbells and instrumentalists. 


In the event of inclement weather, any class cancellation will be listed on and channel 69 under "Bethany Lutheran - West Reading Family Music Classes".

Ladybug song!