For children ages 3 to 5.
Please note that group classes will be suspended until further notice. We will re-launch music initiation classes once we have found a secure way to offer group lessons with all the necessary safety measures and social distancing protocols. Thank you for your understanding.
12 weekly classes of 30 minutes every Saturday morning
Music and early childhood development
Music is a valuable activity that not only ignites a child’s creative spirit, it also contributes immensely to his/her cognitive development. Studies have shown that music can help with language skills, motor skills, boost memory and improve abstract reasoning. We recognize that many parents are eager to get their children started on music lessons, however most children under the age of 6 do not yet have the discipline or attention that is required for learning to play a musical instrument especially with the commitment to daily practice that it demands. We are offering this program as a solution to the parent’s eagerness and desire to expose their children to the joy and benefits of a musical education as early as possible.
Introduction to rudimentary musical concepts
Our Music Initiation classes are held in groups of 3 or 4 children at a time and are specifically designed to provide plenty of stimulation to ensure the young child’s attention and interest are maintained. In these classes the focus is not on learning to play a particular musical instrument, but rather they are intended as an introduction to rudimentary musical concepts such as beats, rhythms, movements and sounds. Like language development, toddlers develop their musical skills through imitating and memorizing rhythms and tones of songs such as clapping to a beat and singing in tune. Music initiation will provide the child with a solid starting point for the future learning of a musical instrument and will more importantly have a lasting beneficial impact on his academic and personal development.
COURSE OUTLINE: Introduction to rudimentary musical elements
Singing of nursery rhymes and playful songs, discovering sounds of the mouth
Movement, feeling beats, rhymes & rhythm, developing musical expression using the body
Ear Training, differentiating amongst sounds; timber, range, duration …
Identifying musical notes and symbols
Literature, exploring significant musical works, symphonic poems, musical tales, ballets…
Instruments, learning to play percussion instruments for pleasure through play, games…
Ensemble skills, a concert will be held at the end of the session where the students will have the opportunity to perform for their friends and family.
COURSE FEES & MATERIALS
TUITION: $240, (12 weekly sessions of 30 minutes duration)
INSTRUMENTS: $50 (xylophone, maracas, tambourine)
TOTAL COST: $290 (tuition and materials)
ABSENCE & CANCELLATION POLICY
ABSENCES: a missed lesson can neither be remade nor credited
DISCONTINUATION: there is no refund for any portion of the remaining weeks of lessons after the 2nd week of classes have begun. If a child cannot continue his/her classes for medical reasons however, the remaining number of classes can be resumed in a future eveil course provided one is available for his/her level or age group.