Why start music lessons in infancy?
- Studies show that exposure to music facilitates a child’s healthy emotional and cognitive development.
- Parents and children learn activities and repertoire together that forever 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.
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.
4-5 Year olds
(parent free class)
- Music Kids 4&5 year old group classes are laying the foundation for private lessons in any instrument. In this class, children begin basic note reading. They focus on the C major scale using letter names and solfege (do, re, mi) and incorporating hand bells, xylophones and the piano. Children enhance their basic rhythmic knowledge creating more complex rhythms that are clapped and performed on different instruments. Children enjoy a variety of instruments, songs and games to strengthen their musical knowledge.
Music Kids Private Lessons
Pre-requisite: Children must be a minimum of 4 years of age. If your child is younger than 4, permission may be granted from the instructor.
- Independence: one-on-one learning environment with the instructor.
- 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.