Miss Michelle’s music journey began at the age of 3 years old. She has been a music educator for more than 2 decades and counting. This is a video that tells the highlights of this journey. Ask Mrs. F about her pole vaulting off of the piano bench at the age of 5 - parents can you relate? : )
The Music For Young Children Program offers a fun and fully comprehensive way to introduce your child to music instruction. In our classes, your child will develop the “Happy habit of doing music.”
During the pandemic all teachers in Mississauga had to switch to online classes. Each teacher pivoted quickly and offered the same quality of programming as the children experienced in in person learning. In other words, the children did not suffer any regression in their learning journey. Exams were offered on line for older students so they would not lose any traction in their learning progress. Retention rate for students in the Mississauga area was very high.
As we transition to in person learning, on line and hybrid classes will still be offered with the same quality that is standard for The Music For Young Children Program. Please check us out if you would like your child to start formal music instruction in a fun, holistic, child centered manner.
Gwen Fedorowich, B Ed, ARCT, ECE, MYCC
Many scientific studies have linked piano lessons and music lessons with brain development benefits in children. The benefits of music lessons for children reach far beyond gaining the ability to play a musical instrument. Piano and music students demonstrate improved functioning in many areas of life.
Among the many benefits of music classes outlined in the article below are improved scores on standardized tests of intelligence, math, language, science.
One of the best benefits of Music for Young Children classes is the strong relationship which is fostered between the music student and the music parent through MYC’s structure and focus.
The link below describes many of the benefits on brain development for children who have music classes or piano lessons.
It is never too early or too late to begin accessing all the benefits music lessons can offer you and your child.
The New Beginner Class for 2022-2023 is available at the website.
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Find the teacher closest to you and set up an interview to register for the best music class for your child before spaces run out.
MYC’s critters with special interesting stories are used to help young children to get to the location of notes. A memorable and fun way to learn and relate to music learning!
Hands on, interesting everyday life material and tools are used for rhythm learning and strong, weak beats concept! Much more fun and effective than using paper and pencil!!
Join a class and experience these interesting ways of learning with your little ones!
Ms Helen Chu https://www.myc.com/members/HChu/
“Can’t we just watch a Youtube video to learn to play and instrument? That would be a lot cheaper, more convenient and just as good, right?”
Well, no. There are many reasons why live online music lessons are better in a pandemic than watching a Youtube video. The value you receive in live online music classes and piano lessons will be evident in the learning achieved. Here are just a few reasons to choose live online piano lessons and music classes over watching a recorded Youtube video.
Music classes and piano lessons provide many benefits that other children’s activities provide as well as additional benefits unique to music. If you are debating about adding music classes to your weekly schedule, take note of these benefits. Maybe your child will not become the next Mozart but will have an easier time learning math, language, sports, and just about everything as a result of studying music at an early age.
Music Classes and Piano Lessons Improve Academic Skills.
Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. It seems that music wires a child's brain to help her better understand other areas of math, says Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA. As kids get older, they'll start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. (Angela Kwan, 2014, “6 Benefits of Music Lessons”)
Music Classes and Piano Lessons Develop Physical Skills.
Every instrument helps children develop physical coordination and motor skills. Playing piano and other instruments requires different actions from your right and left hands simultaneously, similar to patting your head while rubbing your belly. Among other benefits to the brain, this skill develops ambidexterity. Eye-hand communication is enhanced through reading music.
Music Classes and Piano Lessons Cultivate Social Skills.
Group classes introduce young children to peer interaction and communication as well as teaching manners and turn-taking and increasing comfort with working with teachers. Playing music in a group requires good listening skills to keep together with the tempo of the music and the dynamics too. It helps children understand how they and their part fit within the context of a larger group or sound. This translates to a greater wholistic understanding of themselves in relation to the world around them.
Learning an instrument is a lesson in delayed gratification and develops perseverance and self- discipline. These qualities are invaluable toward success in every area of life.
Music Classes and Piano Lessons Boost Self-Esteem.
Turning “learning moment” into positive change helps build self-confidence in children. They learn that they are successful, can improve, and can reach significant goals. Group lessons demonstrate to children that, although people are all different, they all have room to improve and can develop greater skill and mastery when they apply effort to the task of music making. Group classes are like mini recitals each week, where students become comfortable with playing in front of an audience. This comfort level helps when it comes time for a formal recital or performance.
Music for Young Children’s annual Composition Festival fosters confidence in each and every student’s creativity and musical expression. Every child gets a prize just for participating and the results are extraordinary!
Music Classes and Piano Lessons Introduce Children to Other Cultures.
Children learn about and play music from a variety of composers from around the world, learning about those composers and their cultures. Children are also encouraged to celebrate their own cultures and the music of their cultures through solos and composing.
It is no wonder that when scientists study the brains of musicians, they show repeatedly and consistently that these brains are stronger and more efficient in many important areas and that there are peak times to develop these benefits. Taking music classes and piano lessons at an early age is very important for optimal brain development.
Elizabeth Dettweiler (https://www.myc.com/members/EDettweiler/)
Hon. B. Music, MYCC
Teacher of Music for Young Children, Mississauga, Ontario
(adapted from “6 Benefits of Music Lessons” by Angela Kwan
Did you know music lesson is the ultimate brain food for your child?
Did you know playing the piano with all 10 fingers are the best fine motor exercise for a child's development?
September Beginner classes for age 3-9 are now open for registration: New Beginner Class Schedule
If you want to find out more about the Music for Young Children program, please feel free to contact the teachers in the schedule and they will be glad to explain to you!
Register your child before spaces run out!
Every child should have an education in music because it is part of our culture, our Canadian life. But interestingly enough, data also shows higher earnings are closely related to the mastery of the arts. History, music, drawing and painting and economics give our students an edge.
“Nearly 100% of past winners in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology (for high school students) play one or more musical instruments. This led the Siemens Foundation to host a recital at Carnegie Hall in 2004, featuring some of these young people, after which a panel of experts debated the nature of the apparent science/music link.”, according to the Midland chemist Vol. 42, No. 1, Feb. 2005.
It is clear that skills learned through the discipline of music, transfer to study skills, communication skills and cognitive skills useful in every part of a schools’ curriculum. Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standard tests with 22% better in English and 20% better in math.
When is the right time to start children in music lessons? Formalized training should start as young as three. Music is like a language and the best time for that window of opportunity is from 3-10. Group lessons are one of the best ways for young children to learn because they are not only learning from the teacher but also from each other.
In group lessons singing and rhythm ensembles are two of the most effective tools. Singing in a group setting makes them less self-conscious and gives them time to develop their voices. Rhythm ensembles are favourite activities of young children. Rhythm instrument ensembles promote rhythmic fluency and reinforce steady pulse and consistency of speed (tempo). This ensemble training starts in children as young as three-years-old in Music for Young Children® (MYC) using such instruments as hand drums, castanets, tambourines, triangles, rhythm sticks and claves.
“The props are awesome. The kids are having fun while they’re learning. I feel the program moves at a good pace and realize as a parent how important it is that we are there to support them and help them at practise time. I’m able to have two kids in the same program which truly is a benefit. I’d like to really stress that the FUN in MYC makes it so enjoyable for my kids. We happen to also have an exceptional teacher. What an awesome concept Music for Young Children is!” Cheryl Beatty
The successful Music for Young Children program, with corporate head office in Kanata, was founded in 1980 by Frances Balodis. The program, taught in small groups with adult and child both participating, includes piano instruction, singing, rhythm ensembles, sight reading, ear training, theory and composition. MYC is taught by independent teachers throughout Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea with approximately 24,000 students enrolled this year.
For more information visit the website www.myc.com.
Registration for September is currently open. Contact your local MYC teachers for a spot for your child now!
Did you know perfect pitch has a greater chance of retention if the students start music training young?
That's why MYC has singing and solfege as a mandatory part of class.
"... Another scientific study recently found a strong correlation between early musical study and the development of absolute pitch (also called perfect pitch - the ability to identify exact pitches without reference to an instrument). Six hundred musicians were surveyed. Forty percent of the musicians in this study who had begun training at four years of age reported absolute pitch, whereas only three percent of those who had started training at nine years of age did so."
Baharloo S, Johnston P, Service S, et al. Absolute pitch: An approach for identification of genetic and nongenetic components. American Journal of Human Genetics, 1998; 62:224-231.
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