Toddler Rock class in session

Toddler Rock

Toddler Rock is an on-site music therapy program 

Toddler Rock uses popular music to teach nearly 400 select Head Start children each week through music, movement, singing, and storytelling.

Research continues to demonstrate that when a child is exposed to music at an early age, his or her chances for academic success later in life increase exponentially.

Since 1999, the Rock Hall has partnered with the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Beck Center for the Arts, and Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland Head Start to teach Cleveland's underserved three- to five-year olds and their teachers. Dr. Deforia Lane, an internationally acclaimed music therapist, leads twelve music therapists who work with the toddlers once a week.

Toddler Rock

  • enhances skills important for learning to read including letter recognition, rhyming and alliteration
  • uses multi-sensory interventions such as performance, movement, singing, storytelling and pre-reading activities to teach children how to problem-solve and communicate
  • promotes positive interaction between children, their parents, caregivers and teachers

Participation in Toddler Rock is currently reserved for select Head Start partners.