Music For Young Children Program

Why your child should begin with MYC

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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.

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BECAUSE THE CHILD AND PARENT BOND

A “music team” is formed during lessons and that carries on at home during daily practice and other family activities.

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BECAUSE OF WHAT THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES

This program provides so much musicianship training to young children that it’s got to be seen and heard to be believed.

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BECAUSE A 66% STUDENT RETURN RATE

And our 90% teacher return rate make a statement about the outstanding quality of the program.

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BECAUSE 24,000 HAPPY STUDENTS

24,000 happy students a year can’t be wrong!

Course Aim

Children are the center of MYC. Their learning styles and needs are met through a multi-sensory approach. The understanding of music will expand into positive problem-solving skills, areas of self-expression, the growth of memory skills and excellent self-confidence and self-esteem. With these natural outcomes children can easily take on the skills required to read other languages and master other tasks.

In MYC, children meet in small groups, in their own age category, once a week for an hour, accompanied by an adult (parent, grandparent or caregiver) who participates in the program. The program lasts from three to five years, depending on the age of the child, with each year typically consisting of 36 lessons.

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Age-appropriate Programs

All MYC programs cover certain material, designed for the development learning abilities appropriate to the age of the children in each of our offered programs.

The curriculum for each level is carefully geared and paced to the abilities and learning styles for that particular age group.

Curriculum

The concepts and skills covered in each week’s lessons are provided by certified MYC teachers who, with many aids, create their own lesson plans. Teachers are able to modify lessons based on the needs of the children in their classes, while following an international “map.”

It also allows the teachers to strengthen their presentations by using their own creative ideas. No matter how individualized the presentation, however, the following activities are incorporated into the curriculum to teach or reinforce the concepts.

Homework

Developmentally appropriate written materials are provided for each level as confirmation and review of rudiments and theory.

Homework for the youngest learner might be a gluing and coloring task while the Sunbeams’ work may include theory pages reinforcing what had been reviewed in class and the Moonbeams’ homework might include note and rhythm notation, vocabulary, chord study, scale writing and simple analysis.

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Singing

Development of ear training and sight-singing through the use of solfege is an integral part of the program. Songs are also used for expressive singing and to reinforce dynamics and the teaching of concepts.

Listening

Because listening is essential to musical literacy, each level includes listening activities ranging from:

  • By-ear playbacks to melodic dictation
  • Rhythm pattern identification to dictation
  • Listening for dynamics
  • Chord quality identification
  • Well-known melodies and composer or style identification

Keyboard

The keyboard geography begins in a D-centered approach. Keyboard reading skills are developed through careful, incremental introduction of note reading with constant review to motivate and confirm for the child his/her own developing sight-playing skills.

Final year keyboard includes playing grade one conservatory or late-elementary standard piano repertoire and folk songs. Technique, scale and full chord studies, ensemble playing and arranging and harmonization are emphasized.

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Rhythm Ensembles

Rhythm and keyboard ensembles are used throughout the course for:

  • Reinforcement of rhythm reading
  • Ensemble practice
  • Exposure to great melodies
  • Introduction to periods and styles
  • Fun
  • Composition

Materials

Program materials are specially designed and produced for the child’s age and development. The text is beautifully and cheerfully illustrated and exciting for the young child. Each text provides: singing, warm-ups, keyboard, listening, rhythm and keyboard ensembles and home assignment sections. In addition to the comprehensive student manual, the student receives a carrying bag, magnetic board with grand staff on one side and keyboard on the other, magnets, and a parent guide.

Parent Involvement

Parent participation in the studio is integral to the MYC program. By being present, parents become aware of their child’s learning styles, strengths and interests. And they can serve as informed gui des in choosing further musical study. Parent participation in the program also allows reinforcement of concepts and skill-building at home. Parents see how the concepts are presented, and learn how to reinforce the ideas at home. Parent help during the classes is critical to the program; young children need guidance to find pages and someone to point during the rhythm ensembles. Also, the presence of a parent provides stability and security for the child, for whom this may be the first structured experience.

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Students at the final level, Moonbeams Three, are thoroughly prepared for Grade One Conservatory examinations and have, in many cases, been awarded the Conservatory Silver Medal, the highest mark provincially, for Grade One Piano.

Even more important, the MYC graduates (and parents) are very highly motivated for further study in music and private teachers have found many of the students so well prepared for private lessons that they have accelerated them through Conservatory Grades Two and Three in one year!

For more information about MYC visit: www.myc.com

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