Getting Started

What are the qualities that differentiate our school?

BT Music and Performing Arts does not, contrary to traditional applications, focus on talent in education. We believe that with the right educational approach and teaching techniques, everybody can improve themselves in music, theater and dance gaining skills they can use in their everyday life. Our unique and innovative education model is the core of the joint philosophy that links all the different disciplines. As educators, our duty is to decode the necessary information and skills and point out the easiest way of implementing them. Our students are actively involved in the learning process. We encourage students to participate, be responsible, question and contribute in the learning process. We know that an education system, depending solely on the teacher will not motivate the student and empower them them. We believe that any reluctance towards learning stems from the incompetence of the institution or the teachers. Our priority is to maintain a healthy education approach, by eliminating this possibi- lity. We are proud to say that by providing a dynamic, interactive and enjoyable learning environment for our students, training our teachers and using the pedagogical music methodology books that we have created, we have reached our goal. Music education is like learning a native langua- ge To be able to play an instrument is the ability of using a new skill. The learning process develops, just like in language learning, through repetiti- on. Small bits of information successively add up to form a whole. The music piece cannot be memorized without teaching how to read the notes; and notes cannot be learned by restricting them to finger numbers. The importance lies not only in acquiring the skill to play one piece, but to be able to apply this information and skill for playing new pieces as well. That is why we divide the information into small steps, and explain them to the students in a way that they can understand. During the lesson, our teachers guide the students to internalize the information. We activate our students to take responsibility and implement the information. This is how the student, having acquired the necessary skills, is now ready to take ownership of the piece and is ready to play the new pieces with pride. BT Education Method Books are designed to support the development of small motor skills and musicality. We have come to realize that the widely used traditional books on instrument education are not sufficient to serve the diverse needs of each age group. Therefore, we have created, after many years of observation, our education books that support the appropria- te level for each age group, and enable faster learning. Our method books on piano, guitar, electric guitar and drums are used in our school as well as in many other institutions. Our teachers create the learning experience We are well aware of the responsibilities of the role of a teacher, mentor. We are firm believers that all our teaching staff from different disciplines should be researchers in their own field and participate in education semi- nars; be able to form a bond with the student and parent; be experts in pedagogical approaches; love and respect children and their own occupation and be open to personal development. We also make sure that all our teaching staff are taking an active part and have the skill sets that comply with the education and learning approach and goals of BT Music and Performing Arts. A teacher lacking the necessary skills will inevitably create problems in the learning process life of a student. Music and performing arts education is a master-apprentice relationship format. We are respon- sible for not only teaching our students how to play an instrument, but also for the life long relation they will form with their area of interest. Our teaching staff continue to participate in our ongoing training program during the academic year.

Why is Music Education Important?

Music is a window into higher brain function Dr. GORDON SHAW

Research indicates that listening to and learning music increases math and language skills in children, and helps develop creative, analytical thin- king and nurtures social skills. Exposure to even a limited number of music lessons helps increase the connection between the neurons. Music not only helps people to better understand form, structure, pattern and time symbols, but also makes them better listeners. The music learning process engages not only the right or left hemisphere but the whole brain. It teaches coordination, enhances memory and concentration, and also teaches discipline and patience towards study. What are the contributions of music education to academic life? In New York it has been determined that a syllabus supported by music and art education (LEAP) has helped increase the school grades of not only successful students, but of students from every level. Music also enhances the learning of math and foreign languages. The teacher, while teaching counting and the basics of math, uses rhythm. In teaching a foreign language, songs are used to help the language to become a part of the memory. Research shows that among high school students, those who take interest in music have higher grade averages compared to students who are not interested in music. According to Mary Jane Collett, Director of New York State Schools Education and Professional Development Department, Arts and Cultural Education Administ- ration, a well taught sequential music syllabus not only teaches music; it also helps to acquire listening, responding, seeing, touching and moving skills. Students, through these concrete, kinetic and cognitive experiences, learn how to process and transfer knowledge. Music is also a very valu- able tool in reaching out to unsuccessful students. Connecticut State Education counsellor Scott Schuler in describing students displaying failure points that they lack self-confidence and self-respect; have difficulty in communicating their thoughts and feelings to others; do not have the skills to overcome problems; are bored of the traditional education system; the learning methods do not conform with traditional methods, and that these students prefer to express themselves through art in their own subjects of interest. It is known that music education is one of the best methods to motivate these students and in helping to win them back.