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Learning an Instrument

Many parents enquire about their child learning an instrument, such as piano or violin. We encourage them not to be in a rush to have children learning an instrument. Of course we want every child to have the opportunity to play an instrument, but the family and the child need to be ready for the commitment required. Time needs to be spent on practice and the child needs to be well disciplined, able to concentrate on a single task, and have well developed gross and fine motor skills.

Our preference is for children to be involved in the learning process of our 3-4 and 4-5 year old classes before moving onto instrumental lessons. These classes ensure children have developed fundamental skills, such as keeping a steady beat, which are crucial to learning an instrument. The 3-4 and 4-5 year old programs make the concepts of beat and rhythm conscious and introduce children to the music staff. Because these classes demand extended concentration, parents are able to observe their children and assess whether they are ready to begin learning an instrument. Our experience is that children who have completed our 3-4 and 4-5 year old programs transition smoothly on to an instrument and make excellent progress right from their first lesson.

Mini Maestros offers an after-school instrumental program for children from 5 years of age. Talk to Jennifer Smith, our Music Director, about our after-school instrumental classes.

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