Music Kids is Chinook School of Music’s early childhood music program for kids, six months to five years of age. We use a modern approach to music education that integrates scientific research supporting the positive role that music plays on brain development. An eclectic combination of instruments are used in each class including the piano, guitar, violin, drums, bells, rhythm shakers, and xylophones to teach young children listening skills, motor coordination and following musical direction. Our students experience a joyful and nurturing learning environment while developing fundamental music skills.
Why start music lessons in infancy?
- Studies show that exposure to music facilitates a child’s emotional and cognitive growth and development.
- Parents and children learn activities and repertoire together that enrich and enhance their lives.
- The mastery of musical skills strengthens confidence and self esteem.
- Families build their repertoire of children’s songs and activities.
What will my child learn?
6 – 24 Month olds (with parental guidance)
- Sound recognition: recognizing and responding to auditory stimuli.
- Fine and gross motor skills: playing instruments and moving to music.
- Developmental milestones: sharing, taking turns, participating in group activities.
2 Year olds (moving away from parental guidance)
- Critical listening: recognizing and following instruction through interpreting sound.
- Fine and gross motor skills: finger movement, mallet coordination and more.
- Following direction: children follow cues from the teacher without parental encouragement.
- Developmental milestones: identifying colours, sharing, counting.
3 - 4 Year olds (parent free class)
- Social independence.
- Rhythmic development: visual and aural recognition and performance of rhythms.
- Tonal recognition: the introduction of notes.
- Musical terminology: dynamics and more.
Music Kids Private Lessons (ages 4+)
Pre-requisite: Children must be a minimum of 4 years of age. If your child is younger than 4, permission must be granted from the instructor.
- Independence: one-on-one learning environment with the teacher.
- Student led exploration: a variety of instruments and activities are used to teach skills and concepts.
- Fundamentals: In preparation for private lessons students learn musical note reading skills, rhythmic recognition and performance etiquette.
- Theory: Students learn notation and rhythm.
- Bridge to private lessons: Children discover their musical interests allowing parents insight into which instrument is best suited for their child's future musical studies.
Music Kids F.A.Q
My child is a few months younger than the next age category. Can I register in that class instead?
Our curriculum is designed to encompass the older students in each age category. We prefer you register your child for the class that is age appropriate for them. If their teacher feels they need to move up, he or she will let you know. Teacher permission is required to register for a class your child is too young for. Children in the parent free classes must be potty trained.
May I bring two children with one caregiver?
We request that all children attend class with one caregiver per child. If this is difficult for you, we offer siblings and multi-aged classes for people who have more than one child to manage at a time. If you are certain your two children will fit into the class effectively with only one caregiver, please contact our administration and they will direct you to the teacher who will make the final decision.
I am leaving town during the session, may I pay for a partial registration?
When you register for Music Kids, you are paying for the spot in the class session. If we offered someone a partial registration, we may be denying full registration to another family. Sometimes there is another family you know who could take over your spot when you are away. We are happy to transfer your registration to accommodate that.
Do you offer Make-Up lessons?
Music Kids do not offer make-up lessons. Our program sees over 200 students per week and absences occur for many different reasons. Administration and teachers are unable to manage facilitating make-up lessons.
May I bring an younger sibling into the classroom?
We welcome younger infants who are still immobile and in a bucket car seat. Parents are able to leave baby in the bucket or use a sling or other carrier to manage both children. If the younger sibling is crawling or walking, we have siblings classes available for both.
May I bring an older sibling into the classroom?
We allow an older child to come and sit quietly off to the side. However, this can be distracting for the younger children, especially if the older sibling has brought in an enticing activity that creates curiosity. Occasionally older siblings have PD days off of school – we would rather your child attend with their older sibling than miss the class.