They got a chance to enjoy fun, interactive lessons, take a tour of the school, and meet with some of the teachers. This opportunity also allowed parents to talk with program specialists and ask any questions. As for the children, they got to sample some great mini-lessons and classes in the areas of music, dance and art. Some of the mini-lessons included Kindermusik, piano, guitar, violin, voice, computer lab, drums, toddler dance, kindergarten dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, ballroom, drawing and sketching. Read more
The Best Age To Start Music
For children, starting at the right age is a key element of success. Children put into lessons too soon may feel overwhelmed and frustrated and want to stop lessons. A child who is driven to learn may be an exception to the starting ages given below if taught by the right teacher.
For children from birth to 5 years old Kindermusik classes are highly recommended. The latest brain research has confirmed: purposeful musical activities stimulate the cognitive & language, social & emotional, as well as physical developments that all begin in the very first days of your child's life. Kindemusik is the world's leading music and movement program for children from birth to seven years.
By the age of 5 children have longer attention spans, can retain information and have the hand size and finger strength needed for playing. For most children younger than 6, I would recommend “ Music for Little Mozarts” - piano, music and movement classes or “ Kindermusik for the Young Child” program where children can explore vocal development, rhythm, notation, musical symbols, and authentic pre-keyboard, stringed and wind instruments.
Usually kids are forced into private lessons before they are ready. It isn't the parent's fault - they're just trying to do what's best for their children. But the thing is, at 4 or 5 years old, a child really isn't ready to make a long-term commitment to one instrument. They don't have the experience to know what they're good at, and what they'll like. Also, at that age, music needs to be fun for them, and most private lessons just aren't. The Kindermusik for the Young Child or Music for Little Mozarts programs are really great because it covers everything your child needs to get a head start in music, while keeping everything fun.
As a general rule, most children could begin formal instrumental training/piano, guitar, violin / at the age of 6. Children older than the suggested earliest starting age usually do very well.
Elena Gnenna, B.M., M.A.,
Lisensed Kindermusik Educator
Canada’s Professional School Of Music & Art
Is musical training right for your children?
Aug 18, 2006
The Meadowvale-based Canada's Professional School of Music and Art is hosting a free workshop on musical learning later this month. Many parents are eager to get their little ones into music programs at a young age, but aren't sure where to start, said school owner Elena Gnenna. So, she created the seminar in response. Typical questions parents have are: how young is too young to start, which instrument is best for each child, how much time should be spent practicing and are individual lessons needed. Gnenna believes most children are ready for "formal instrumental training" at the age of six.
The workshop takes place at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29. For more information, visit www.canadamusicschool.com or call 905-821-1142.
Recital spotlights little Mozarts
The Mississauga News
Jun 19, 2006
Canada's Professional School of Music and Art is hosting a recital on Tuesday at the Mississauga Central Library.The show, which runs from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Noel Ryan Auditorium, begins with the Music For Little Mozarts piano recital geared towards children ages 4-6. It follows with a music recital for children ages 6-and-older.
Earlier this year, the school's director Elena Gnenna organized the Kindermusik and Me workshop for the community's youngest music makers.
The school, located in Meadowvale, has been in operation since 2003.For more information, call 905-821-1142.
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Music program designed for tots
Think you may be the proud parents of the next Beethoven? Or, perhaps you gave birth to an aspiring Jimi Hendrix.
Canada's Professional School of Music and Art offers a series of workshops designed to foster children's interest in music. The workshops, slated for later this month, are free of charge nd open to the public.
Kindermusik and Me offers 45-minute classes for children (infant to 7-years old), focusing on basic music-making skills. With help from their parents, children are encouraged to play
simple musical instruments, clap their hands and move their feet in time with music.
"The songs and activities in the Kindermusik classes enhance a child's total development by strengthening physical, emotional and cognitive skills at a very early age," said Elena Gnenna, owner of the Meadowvale school. "A parent is a child's most important teacher and that's why we include them in the classes."
Sessions run May 24 at 5 and 6 p.m., May 25 at 10 and 11 a.m., May 27 at 10 and 11 a.m. and May 31 at 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.canadamusicschool.com.