Music Makers: At the Keyboard and Around the World (1st-3rd graders)
Fall Classes Start September 18!
60 minute class meets weekly for 15 weeks
$430 1st semester, $365 2nd semester (includes materials including books, cds, piano bag)
MMK1 (parents attend last 10 minutes of class) Wednesdays @ 4:30 pm, Thursdays @ 4:30 pm in 2017/2018
MMK2 Thursdays @8:00 am and Thursdays 5:30 pm in 2017/2018
Music Makers: At the Keyboard is a comprehensive approach to learning music. Learning music comprehensively is much more than being able to name notes or being able to differentiate between quarter and half notes. Comprehensive musicianship leads a child to music literacy, or the ability to hear in one’s head music that is written on the page. Conversely, the musically literate person will be able to figure how to play the melody, harmony, and rhythm of a piece s/he hears, without needing to see the written music.
Music Makers: At the Keyboard is a group method. By studying the piano in a group setting, singing games and movement activities are naturally a part of the experience. These are the very things that nurture the musician inside each child, making success at the keyboard possible. The group also allows children to learn from each other and overcome performance anxiety. Most importantly, the group setting keeps the fun in music-making.
Music Makers: At the Keyboard is an aural approach. Years of experience have shown us that children learn to read and understand musical notation only after they have a strong aural foundation in place. In Music Makers: At the Keyboard, keyboard skills are layered on at the appropriate time and at an appropriate pace, thereby allowing the aural foundation to be established and reinforced.
Music Makers: At the Keyboard lays the groundwork for keyboard success! Through the variety of activities in each class the children become independent musicians. They have both a love of music and a love of a specific repertoire, both of which are major incentives for practicing. In addition to playing the keyboards, the children will be involved in drumming and dancing to nurture their rhythmic development, singing to nurture their tonal development, and echoing patterns to nurture their aural development. And composing and musical dictation activities lead the child to music literacy.
Children who complete Music Makers: At the Keyboard not only possess a strong desire to make music, they have the aural and keyboard skills that will enable them to do so. It prepares children for future piano study, as well as whatever musical adventures the future holds!
Throughout the year, the children will receive 1 piano book, 2 folders, 4 CDs and flash cards for various notation games. The parent receives a parent hand book. The child enrolls for the entire school year.
Parents and siblings attend the last 15 minutes of each class.