Offering "Music Pups," "Music Cats," and "Music for Young Children" programs in Witless Bay, NL!
Fun filled classes of singing, dancing, movement and instrument play. Parents learn how to enrich their child's music environment, increase music potential and understand music development. Each class is 45 minutes long. Families receive a CD and songbook with a broad variety of sounds and activities designed to stimulate musical learning. Mixed age classes are developmentally appropriate and allow siblings to enjoy class together!
WHY YOUR CHILD SHOULD STUDY MUSIC
*Exposure to music makes children smarter.
*Children who take piano lessons are able to learn complex math problems earlier than those who’ve had no musical training.
*Rhythmic movement plays a critical role in the reading process – the ability to keep a steady beat – simply clapping hands rhythmically – figures prominently in cognitive development.
*Music training, specifically piano instruction, is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science.
Music for Young Children builds a solid foundation of understanding and enjoyment of music. Singing together creates a special bond. Keyboard playing and rhythm ensembles nurture team skills. Creative movement develops individual expressiveness. Music reading and theory are reinforced with group activities and with colorful, hands-on materials. Composing integrates aural and written skills and gives children a sense of ownership.
WHY SHOULD YOUR CHILD BEGIN WITH MYC?
The philosophy of the Music for Young Children® program is to help children develop the happy habit of learning music. Music for Young Children provides the necessary structure for learning to take place while allowing children the freedom to think. Children are empowered to set goals in their learning while experiencing a playful, positive environment.
Because it's fun!! (In addition to being of superior quality, very comprehensive, confidence building and a wonderful way to begin the study of music.). Because the child and parent bond as a "music team" during lessons and that carries on at home during daily practice and other family activities. Because this program provides so much musicianship training to young children that it's got to be seen and heard to be believed!! Because 24,000 happy students a year can't be wrong!!
ABOUT THE TEACHERS: Heather holds a Master's Degree in Music Performance and Pedagogy (M.Mus.) and a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology (M.A.) from Memorial University, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Music (B.Mus.) from the University of British Columbia. She started playing the violin at the age of 3, and soon afterwards took up the Highland pipes, the piano, the flute, the trombone, and the accordion. Her playing experience is very diverse, and encompasses a number of styles. She has played with the UBC Symphony, the West Coast Symphony, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Celtic group Seanachie, the Maple Ridge Pipe Band, the Youth Millennium Pipe Band, the City of St. John’s Pipe Band, the liturgical ensemble Shaïda, the Newfoundland rock band The Ramblers, and the Greek folk group The Forgotten Bouzouki.
The co-owner of The Wright Music Studio, Sébastien teaches guitar and co-teaches general introduction to music classes. Known locally as “The Dr. Frankenstein of Witless Bay” because of his costume-making (with five grand-prize wins of the George Street Mardi Gras Costume Boonanza to his credit), Sébastien’s background as an artist is very wide-ranging, going from photography to film-making, sculpture to graphic design, and puppetry to music-making. Sébastien’s passion for the theatre is evident in everything he does – it is even present in the Geography courses he teaches at Memorial University, where students can elect to join the course’s in-house sketch and improv group and/or its theatre troupe to earn their marks. An award-winning university instructor, he has written extensively on theatre and music-making as community-building exercises. His M.A. (Folklore) thesis focussed on l’Académie Shaïda, a community theatre project he created in conjunction with a group of other community members over fifteen years ago. He has made his work in this field widely accessible via public lectures, academic paper presentations, and through a good number of media channels.