Thanks to Ms. Brenda for finding this and sharing this with us.
Look at how music brings people together. Such joy it brings to people!
Thanks to Ms. Brenda for finding this and sharing this with us.
Here at Music For Young Children we start the students in group classes. The children attend classes with a parent in which they learn to play a keyboard instrument. We sing, play games, play rhythm ensembles, do sight reading and ear training activities. It’s a total music lesson and the children learn from each other. Each week they can see how others are progressing in their studies and can measure their own progress. When a child is one on one with the teacher, they don’t have that same advantage of seeing how the group is progressing. They can’t hear how a piece should sound, how quickly it needs to be played. When preparing for examinations, all students are placed in private lessons so the teacher can fine tune what the examiner is looking for. I find that the students who have come from group lessons are far superior to the students who take private lessons only. It isn’t too hard to fine tune students who already know their pieces and just have to correct a few notes and work on tempos and dynamics. Many private students just don’t have that model to follow as they are relying on themselves for everything. It becomes very discouraging, they feel they are the only ones experiencing the difficulties and they aren’t very successful. As a result, they drop out of lessons much earlier. There is something to be said for a student finding that a particular piece is challenging only to find out that a classmate is having the same struggles. They can learn together. “Two heads are better than one”.
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B.Ed., ARCT, ECE, MYCC
To commemorate her birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'. Here are the lyrics she used:
Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things
Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my* *favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.*
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating
pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.
>>>>>>>>>>>>> > >>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>
Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.
From Ms. Brenda C.
(taken from TeachPiano Today)
“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education." – World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma
Musical instruction has numerous benefits to the development of children, a gift that is never too late to incorporate into adult life and learning. The Royal Conservatory of Music (2014) has conducted much research on the subject, determining that musical instruction helps to: improve memory IQ and focus, improve speech and reading ability, increased creativity, and heightened empathy and social awareness. If you are looking to give someone a unique gift for the upcoming holiday season, this music teacher would encourage you to give them a gift that is designed to improve so many areas of your loved one’s life, the gift of music lessons!
If you are thinking about gift giving outside the box this holiday season, then this article will outline some of the following ideas to help get you started:
• Music teacher options in the Mississauga area
• Reasons to connect with trained professionals
• Rental options for instruments to use at home
There is a wealth of experience of Music For Young Children (MYC) teachers in the Mississauga area. Please see the home page for the contact information and areas that are offered near you. Each teacher will set their own rate for lessons, with most in the range of $25-30 for each half hour private class or one hour group class.
Working with trained professionals: Committing to working with an experienced instructor, teacher, or mentor who is knowledgeable with your gift recipient’s particular instrument(s) of interest is the best way to pursue longer-term goals of musical education. This can be arranged in a set schedule with an end date in sight, or more flexible terms as needed. This person represents an accountability piece for keeping up the musician’s end of the bargain. A trained teacher or mentor will give homework (the beloved practicing or assignments) to complete in the interim between lessons, as well as helping to create a pathway to achieving musical goals. One of the main benefits of engaging in this type of relationship is that they can also represent a source of encouragement and re-direction when any roadblocks to success are encountered. They help find ways to overcome hurdles. Lessons can be booked individually, in blocks of 10, or for an entire season or school year, depending on the type of lesson you are interested in, or music program that is best for the gift recipient that you have in mind.
Rental options: If your gift recipient does not already have an instrument to work with at home, you might consider purchasing a gift card or rental coupon to present to that person for them to practice on at home in between lessons. Long and McQuade has an excellent rental program for short and longer-term rentals, with many kinds of instruments having options starting at $15/month. Remember to ask your sales associate about the school year rental program for longer-term rental options. Please consider making a small donation to the Music Therapy fundraising drive this holiday season at your point of sale. Any amount given will be met with a $5 rental coupon to be used on any new rental, as a thank you for your generosity.
I will end with a personal story, which I have written about previously, an awesome example of a music lessons gift giving success story (https://www.longmcquade. com/promo/LM-Magazine/GearIssue2017/GearIssue2017.pdf - pg. 90). I have been working with the company since 2006; originally as a full-time keyboard sales and rental associate. It was here where many years ago that I helped a particular customer purchase a piano for an adult friend of his. He also inquired if I knew any piano teachers in the area, as the birthday gift that he had in mind included a block of lessons. He was in luck, as I happen to be a piano teacher. At the conclusion of our lessons together, this friend informed me that the two of them were to be married! A couple of years later I was contacted by this customer who had read one of my articles in the Long and McQuade Gear Guides. They informed me that they were looking for a MYC teacher for their young child. I happen to specialize in early childhood education, and registered this family in one of my music classes and where they continued their musical journey with me. It is never too early or too late to give someone a unique gift that can last a lifetime.
by Ms. Michelle
Music for Young Children provides quality music education for young children alongside their parent or accompanied adult. Lately, I have noticed that parents are becoming increasingly busy, resulting in many grandparents bringing the child and participating in our small group classes. Grandparents get the opportunity to spend time with their grandchild and together we learn music and have so much fun!
Not only does this create special memories between child and grandparent but MUSIC offers incredible benefits to both seniors and children! Music can be used to improve health, enhance moods and increase memory.
These benefits are profound and plentiful. Seniors who listen to or engage in music have a happier outlook on life, less stress, more self-esteem and social interaction. Music has been shown to increase mobility, coordination and cognitive abilities. Music keeps seniors young and sharpJ Music can trigger memories in those with dementia and Alzheimer’s as music stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Studies have also found that music may help reverse early memory loss in adults at risk for Alzheimer's Disease.
So ask your child’s grandparent if they want to do something really special with your child once a week and bring your child to MYC. In MYC you get two for the price of one as there is no extra charge for grandpa/ grandma . Grandparent and child will learn together, laugh, create memories and enjoy a lot of benefits.
Contact your nearest MYC teacher www.myc.com and register your child in MYC today before our classes get filled up and they fill up very fast! Give grandpa or grandma the gift of not only spending quality time with their grandchild but also giving them many happy and healthy years ahead J
Spending time with family is the most important thing.
There are many different reasons for wanting to know how to play piano, and all of them are valuable in their own ways. Piano is a unique art form because of its versatility – you can showcase your talents and creativity to your family or friends or simply play alone. Pianos are often used alongside orchestras or other ensembles in classical music, as well as modern styles like jazz, rock, and pop.
Some people may choose to dive right into an advanced online piano lesson, which makes learning how to play piano seem like it’s sink-or-swim. While, if you succeed, you’ll learn piano fast, but later you’ll find that you don’t understand the fundamentals enough to continue on to more advanced melodies and songs.
Beginner piano lessons are important to pursue because they give you a foundation to learn from. You’ll find that many online piano lessons give you lots of information, but they won’t give you a way to learn the material before you dive in. Beginner piano lessons help you learn piano fast with easy concepts that build up a necessary baseline to your piano curriculum. Ideally, with each new concept you’ll learn three things: What, Why, and How. By answering these questions, you’ll strengthen the foundation of your piano knowledge.
Music for Young Children curriculum builds strong foundation of music concepts that are child friendly. Parents can pick up those concepts easily and learn alongside. With the solid foundation, children can parents can explore many other parts of the music world.
Ms. Helen Chu
Career Day at St. Rose of Lima School
Today I did something that I never have before: presented my background and career path of teaching children music to three different groups of elementary school students at St. Rose of Lima School in Mississauga! I was asked to participate by one of my current clients, with two daughters studying the Music for Young Children program with me. I was honored to be included in the event, and thought long and hard about what I would say, and the type of advice I would give to a room full of aspiring young artists.
I started by asking my current Level 6 theory class about what I should do to create an inspiring and engaging presentation. Many of these students have been with me for quite a few years (some starting their musical education as Music for Young Children students), and they recommended some of the fun and memorable activities and instruments that we have used in class before: Boomwhackers, plastic cups, drumsticks, and balloons – check; visual aids, powerpoint – check; relating my words and advice to the students’ situation, identifying musicians in each group and giving prizes to the people who have taken music lessons the longest – check; and name dropping, mentioned my composer friend Neil Parfitt who has most recently worked on the movie Rampage – check. Armed with a healthy supply of business cards, Music for Young Children pamphlets, pencils, wardrobe complete with logo, Long & McQuade pencils, Frisbees, and balloons, I set off for my full morning of presentations.
I had no idea what to expect about the experience of presenting to these young people, groups of varying ages from grades 5-8. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the level of engagement and interest shown throughout each of my 25 minute presentations (no one fell asleep once! : ) I can echo the sentiment shared by one of the other presenters during the break in between sessions, that I too was really impressed by some of the questions that these young people posed throughout the presentations. One student asked: how come you have so many jobs? Which gave me an opportunity to address a typical workload and range of skills needed to be a successful piano teacher, musician, or artist (there are no such thing as 9-5, 5 days per week that I am aware of. This type of work comes in ebbs and flows). Another student asked if I communicated with blind students while teaching informal music lessons in Thailand by using sign language? This gave me an opportunity to educate about alternative ways of communicating with people who have deficient senses to your own, and how to come up with creative solutions to be able to work together.
Overall it was a great experience to spend a morning with these young people, and I wish them the very best in their future careers, wherever this road of life may take them!
Ms. MICHELLE FEDOROWICH
Ahhh…Spring… Warm sunshine, blossoming trees, chirping birds… Children practising for piano recitals… parents beginning to dream of summer. Yes, summer… finally an end to the chauffeuring to lessons and school… a total and complete change of pace. Are we parents ever looking forward to relaxing this summer! What could be better than forgetting about all the activities of the year and just relaxing? But wait… do you remember what happens in August and September? STRESS! Parents scrambling to get their children registered in different kinds of programs. It’s “dog eat dog” to get a place in the right music lessons. It’s like juggling fire to get the kids’ schedules to work out. What a way to ruin a peaceful summer! Talk about destroying the restorative benefits of having a relaxing holiday. There must be a better way!
Music for Young Children offers you the opportunity not only to avoid all this strain but to save money at the same time. Every year in April, returning students are offered the chance to reserve their place in their selected level of music class for September during Early Bird Registration. Children in music classes are offered the chance to secure their place in music lessons for September by registering with Music for Young Children. A discount of more than 10% is subtracted from the registration fees for those who do register during Early Bird Registration.
Ahhh… Sweet peaceful summer… Now you are ready to enjoy it!
Give your child the best development tools for their brain. Join our long sort after music class, Music for Young Children. Registration for September has started, we have 7 teachers in Mississauga. There must be one that's close to you and fit your family schedule.
Set up an interview to find out what is special about Music for Young Children, an international recognized music program that provides the best quality music education to young children by blending the pleasure and the joy of music making with sound instruction.
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