Sunrise is an exciting and innovative pre-school music program for children 2 and 3 years old. The program has a flexible format that allows adaptation to a variety of age and environmental situations including daycare and nursery school centers as well as home studios of certified Music for Young Children Sunrise teachers. Children receive instruction in singing, rhythm, and ear training with teddy bears being one of the learning “tools”. This specially developed music curriculum includes stories, songs and games.
This program, for 3 and 4 year old beginners includes large muscle experiences in beat and rhythms as well as fine motor experiences in rhythm instrument ensemble playing. By the end of the first year, Sunshines are playing in C major and middle C positions and are reading from the staff. Pre-reading experiences – such as like and different sorting, looking for patterns with colorful visual aids, gluing and coloring — are part of the program.
The program for ages 5 and 6 provides “big kid” lyrics to introduce concepts, finger numbers and keyboard geography. Songs and games are used to encourage and reinforce listening.
For the older beginner, ages 7 through 9, the program lasts three years. Our Moonbeams want “quick results” and the songs, ensembles and keyboard repertoire are designed to support their growing sense of independence. The listening activities for this age group keep the “ears open” even as reading becomes the primary focus for gathering information.
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!
Music Your Best Choice
This is an exciting music program for teen and adults that incorporates singing, rhythm, ear training keyboard/piano, composing and theory. This specially developed music curriculum is taught by certified Music for Young Children teachers and uses quality music materials.
Music Your Best Choice Teachers are musically qualified people, who have received special training for the adult and teen program. Choir members, piano beginners and those that have limited music can learn to play by ear as well as how to read music. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who need to “refresh”. Lessons are taught in small classes which meet for one hour each week in a fun, relaxing environment with your contemporaries.