Music for Young Children

Child & PArent Classes - Learn foundations with Structure

The Music for Young Children classes provide the best quality music education to young children by blending the pleasure and the joy of music making with sound instruction.

Sunrise

Sunrise children are  2 and 3 years old and come to class with a parent or caregiver each week.  Sunrise classes are 45 minutes long and meet one time a week for 10 weeks.  With book 1 children receive a Sunrise backpack to carry their class materials to class each week!  Siblings may only attend class together if their ages fit this class.

Sunrise students enjoy the new activities in song, rhythm, and related crafts each week as we journey along with our friends Teddy, Buddy Croak, Mellow Yellow, and Buzz.  Class time is focused on activities for growing pitch and rhythm matching and growing foundations for music understanding  with "Bigger Kid" activities. 

sunrise

Three 10 week sessions using one book each session, Books 1, 2, and 3.  Registration for Sunrise is expected for the three sessions. Your Session Book 1 payment includes the Sunrise backpack, materials for book 1, and tuition for book 1.  Payments are made in Aug for Book 1 tuition, the Book 1 materials, and the backpack, November for tuition and Book 2 materials, and February for tuition and Book 3 materials.

Sunshine

Sunshine 1, the youngest of the keyboard programs. It is the starting point of the MYC® Method for 3-4 year old beginners for building their foundation in music reading and playing the piano.  Students experience movement through beats and rhythms, as well as developing their fine motor skills with rhythm plays and instrument ensemble playing.  Children start learning the geography of the piano and note-reading through our MYC Critters (and their stories to which the children can relate).  By the end of the SS1 level (three quarters - A,B,C), children are able to play their first scale (C Major) and are reading from the staff.  Their pre-reading experiences such as identifying like/different matching, patterns, and reinforcing and recalling the music concepts through fun at-home activities such as gluing and coloring are all part of this level.

Sunshine 1

Year 1 with books 1A, 1B, and 1C.   Registration for Sunshine 1 is for the year and payment is made for all materials with the first book -1A - tuition. Payments are made in Aug for Book 1A tuition and the full years materials, November for tuition when using book 1B, and February for tuition when using Book 1C.

  • Learning piano and rhythm through MYC’s unique keyboard and rhythm ‘critters’
  • off-the-staff reading for contour and patterns
  • steady beat experiences
  • on-the-staff reading in treble clef and bass clef
  • listening to identify and use dynamics (loud and quiet sounds)
  • listening to a rhythm pattern and writing it using rhythm writing tools. This is sometimes referred to as rhythm dictation.

sunshine 2

Year 2 with books 2A, 2B, and 2C.  Registration for Sunshine 2 is for the year and payment is made for all materials with the first book -2A - tuition. Payments are made in Aug for Book 2A tuition and the years materials, November for tuition when using book 2B, and February for tuition when using Book 2C.

  • Review and continuing development of: keyboard geography and rhythm through MYC’s unique keyboard “critters”, Identification and use of dynamics (loud and quite sounds) and listening to a rhythm pattern and writing it
  • Expanded note reading in treble clef and bass clef
  • Coordination of LH and RH playing
  • Scale playing with harmonizing bridge chords in C Major, a minor and G Major
  • Identification of melodic patterns
  • Introduction to staccato (detached) and legato (smooth) touches
  • Information about famous composers in child size bites

When Sunshine 2 is completed our Sunshine's graduate to Sunbeams 2 class.

Sunbeams

Sunbeams 1 (SB1) is the entry point of the MYC® Method for 5-6 year old beginners.  They are first introduced to piano geography and rhythms through our MYC Critters to help set their foundation of music knowledge and education; however, the pace of learning for these Sunbeams matches their developmental stages.  Vocabulary development is the focus for this age group.  At this stage we introduce “big kid” terminology to introduce concepts, finger numbers, and keyboard geography.

Sunbeams 1

Year 1 with books 1A, 1B, and 1C.  Registration for Sunbeams 1 is for the year and payment is made for all materials with the first book -1A - tuition. Payments are made in Aug for Book 1A tuition and the years materials, November for tuition when using book 1B, and February for tuition when using Book 1C.

  • Identification and development of keys and rhythm through MYC’s unique keyboard ‘critters’
  • Off-the-staff reading for contour and patterns
  • Steady beat experiences
  • On-the-staff (pitch) reading in treble clef and bass clef
  • Grand staff reading (treble and bass clef)
  • Listening to identify and use dynamics (loud and quiet sounds)
  • Listening to a rhythm pattern and writing it using rhythm writing tools.
  • Coordination of LH and RH
  • Scale playing with harmonizing bridge chords in C major, a minor and G major.

Sunbeams 2

Year 2 with books 2A, 2B, and 2C.  Registration for Sunbeams 2 is for the year and payment is made for all materials with the first book -2A - tuition. Payments are made in Aug for Book 2A tuition and the years materials, November for tuition for book 2B, and February for tuition for Book 2C.

  • Study of seven different keys with key signatures.
  • Two note bridge chords grow to three note full chords.
  • Coordination of left hand and right hand in playing broken chords with a melody.
  • Coordination in hand-over-hand (crossing over) pieces.
  • Grand staff reading expands to include notes from low G in bass clef to high G in treble clef.
  • Staccato (detached) and legato (smooth) touches are explored.
  • Harmonization (adding chords to a melody) and transposition (moving from one key to another) are important study elements this year.
  • Continued listening to identify and use dynamics (loud and quiet sounds), rhythm patterns and accompaniment styles.

Sunbeams 3

Year 3 with books 3A, 3B, and 3C.  Registration for Sunbeams 3 is for the year and payment is made for all materials with the first book -3A - tuition. Payments are made in Aug for Book 3A tuition and the years materials, November for tuition for book 3B, and February for tuition for Book3C.

  • Study of minimum of eight keys
  • Continued study of scales harmonized with primary chords and practice of accompaniment patterns including broken chords and playing rhythmic patterns
  • Study of three forms of the minor scale: natural, harmonic, and melodic.
  • Study of inversions of triads
  • Study of cadences. (A cadence is a progression of chords.)
  • Expanded studies of: note names to include ledger lines and articulation with an introduction to accents.
  • Introduction to simple analysis.
  • Continued practice of: harmonization and transposition, composition and arranging, listening for dynamics, meter, articulation, form, and accompaniment styles.

When Sunbeams 3 is completed our Sunbeam's graduate to Moonbeams 3.

Moonbeams

Moonbeams 1 (MB1) is the entry point of the MYC® Method for 7-9 year olds.  The older beginner program is designed to support the students’ growing sense of independence.  Reading becomes the primary focus for gathering information, while the songs, ensembles and keyboard repertoire incorporate early piano literature, folk songs, technique and harmonization.

Moonbeams 1

Year 1 with books 1A, 1B, and 1C.  Registration for Moonbeams 1 is for the year and payment is made for all materials with the first book -1A - tuition. Payments are made in Aug for Book 1A tuition and the years materials, November for tuition when using book 1B, and February for tuition when using Book 1C.

  • pattern reading
  • scale playing with harmonizing chords in 6 keys
  • keyboard repertoire with plentiful supplementary pieces for holidays and extra challenges
  • rhythm and keyboard ensemble experiences
  • harmonization and composition experiences
  • transposing within 5 finger patterns
  • understanding and utilizing legato and staccato touches

Moonbeams 2

Year 2 with books 2A, 2B, and 2C.  Registration for Moonbeams 2 is for the year and payment is made for all materials with the first book -2A - tuition. Payments are made in Aug for Book 2A tuition and the years materials, November for tuition for book 2B, and February for tuition for Book 2C.

  • Study of minimum of eight keys with continued study of scales harmonized with primary chords.
  • Practice of accompaniment patterns including broken chords and playing rhythmic patterns.
  • Study of three forms of the minor scale: natural, harmonic, and melodic.
  • Study of inversions of triads
  • Study of cadences. (A cadence is a progression of chords.)
  • Study of 6/8 time signature.
  • Expanded study of: note names to include ledger lines and articulation with an introduction to accents.
  • Introduction to simple analysis.
  • Continued practice in: harmonization and transposition, composition and arranging.
  • Continued listening for dynamics, meter, articulation, form, and accompaniment styles.

Moonbeams 3

Year 3 with books 3A, 3B, and 3C.  Registration for Moonbeams 3 is for the year and payment is made for all materials with the first book -3A - tuition. Payments are made in Aug for Book 3A tuition and the years materials, November for tuition for book 3B, and February for tuition for Book 3C.

Moonbeams 3 is the final level in Music for Young Children®.  When MYC was written, it was with the intent to integrate and prepare our students to take their first piano exam and theory exam at the end of their MB3 year.  It is an exciting year for students, parents and teachers as these children have now gained so much knowledge, understanding and appreciation of music and piano playing that they are able to manipulate, pull from, and engage all the learning they have received throughout their journey in their MYC classes, whether it is through theory, composition, and/or the musically shown (and heard) through their playing.

When Moonbeams 3 is completed our students are 7 to 11 years old and ready to begin individual lessons in any instrument and/or  take a first level international conservatory exam such as The Royal Conservatory, Toronto Canada.

My Choice

At the moment - My Choice isn't offered - but we're looking forward to it!

Students in the My Choice levels of MYC® are generally between the ages of 9-12 years of age.  The significant difference with My Choice is not the curriculum, but the structure of the class, in that the parents are not required to attend every lesson with their children.  Since these students are older, they are able to learn on their own, with the teacher, still in a group situation. 

Our My Choice class is for beginning piano students ages 9, 10, 11, and 12 years.    This is a full music study and piano course with multiple years available bringing a student into intermediate piano music or ready to pursue any other music.

The program covers the same material as our Moonbeams program shown above.  We recognize the growing independence and abstract thinking capacity of children in this age group.

If you and your child are interested in beginning lessons on piano we recommend considering any of our small group piano classes.

 

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