Early Years Education

Music and Movement, Ages 2.5-3.5

First step into music is a pedagogical education program incorporating music and movement, which is preferred and implemented by leading music schools in the world, including the Juilliard in New York. The program aims to incorporate the love for music at an early age, and to help young candidates understand and enjoy music in a motivating environment. The curriculum develops skills such as listening carefully, focusing, receiving instructions; the students also learn how to use their imagination. We teach the basic musical concepts; rhythm, tone, melody, note values and musical nuances not theoretically but with movements and games. Movement and music are blended, creating a whole. In our lessons, we also cover the lives and music of famous composers. We observe the musical aptitude of students and make suggestions for the future. We communica- te the weekly lesson evaluations to our parents. At the end of the term, we make a presentation for the parents and hand out certificates. Of the students who complete the program, those who are thought to be ready, can continue on to early years group piano. This short term program ends with a presentation for the parents and certificate ceremony

Early Years Group Piano, Ages 3.5-4.5

We recommend this pedagogical beginning piano class to students who are not ready for individual instrument lessons and who feel more comfor- table in a group in their first step to music. The young musician candidates who first encountered music in the FSM class, start playing their first pieces with the help of Little Fingers piano education book of the BT Education books series. The lesson content includes ear training, ear-training, rhythm training, singing and beginner pieces. Students in this age group learn to play their pieces by reading and understanding the notes. They get acquainted with treble clef and bass clef, and in the first lesson start to play right hand and left hand pieces. The student also learns while listening to other students play, waits for his turn, learns to respect his group mates. They observe the rules of playing and listening to music. Young students in their group training program make an easier transition to individual instrumental learning. The musical aptitudes of students are observed during the lessons and suggestions are made regarding future instruments. Weekly lesson evaluations are communicated to the parent. This short term program ends with a small group performance and certificate ceremony.

Drums and Percussion, Ages 6-9

We have created this rhythm and percussion group for students who are too young for individual lessons or those who would rather first get acqua- inted with an instrument in a group environment. The program aims to support the personal and social development of students with group studies, and to improve their understanding of rhythm while enjoying the experience of making music together. Our students play different percussion instru- ments and early age size drum sets, getting the opportunity to learn and experience different rhythm instruments. Along with musical skills, concent- ration enhancing exercises, listening carefully, adaptation, support and respect within the group are the social skills that they also learn. The weekly lesson evaluations are communicated to the parent. This short term program ends with a small group performance and certificate ceremony.