YAMS - Young Artists Music Studio
Musical Babies ~ Infants through 16 Months
Offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Musical Beginnings ~ Ages 18 months - 3 years
Offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Each child and parent experience the beginnings of joyful, independent music making. Song activities include dancing with scarves, rolling balls, partner games, movement, and singing with hula hoops, playing instruments (sticks, bells, shaker eggs, drums), and gentle rocking. Observation and participation are the child's way of first learning. A home tape and book assist in the family's learning outside class. "Let's do it again!" is the child's favorite phrase. There are 12 classes in a semester with four separate curricula for the Family Music classes. Although there are some seasonal songs repeated from year to year (holiday, seasons), there are also four separate sets of songs with CD/book to go with each curriculum.
Growing with Music ~ Ages 3 1/2 - 5
Offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The child becomes more independent in singing and moving, and parents take cues from the child. Beginning ensemble work, partner songs with movement, working with listening cards, and songs with directions challenge the child to listen, sing, dance, and act. A craft is assigned every week for home enjoyment, often incorporating nature and the environment. The home CD, book, and listening cards are fun activities to do at home with the family! Many and varied instruments are used in this class as well. A bird lesson, including hearing bird calls, is studied every other week.
Around the World: Keyboard Prep Class ~ Ages 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 & parent
“To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training, and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing, is to build upon sand.” - ZOLTÁN KODÁLY
“Around the World” (Musikgarten curriculum) is being adapted to be used after two A and B years of Growing with Music in the Young Artists Music Studio. Structural, sequential music classes give children a foundation in music literacy. Music literacy, the ability to hear what you see and see what you hear, implies comprehension, not just the ability to decode the symbols. This means that when you see notes on a staff they are aurally connected to their sounds and not simply a string of letters.
The “Around the World: Keyboard Prep” YAMS classes begin to connect sounds to their symbols. The pattern work first experienced aurally in the Musical Babies, Musical Beginnings, and Growing with Music classes gives children a musical vocabulary they will experience kinesthetically and visually. This aural musical vocabulary will give notation meaning and eventually lead to the ability to figure out songs by ear, read music by others, play and write one’s own music, and self-correct when practicing. “Around the World: Keyboard Prep” covers more complex rhythmic notation, expands tonal notation patterns, and begins reading the simple songs the children will learn to play the following year in Keyboard 1 or Piano Partners.
With piano, the traditional downfall for so many children is having to learn to control the body, read music, and navigate the keyboard simultaneously. YAMS classes focus first on preparing the ears, mind, and body for music making and learning to read music, so that when we get to the keyboard we already have the aural foundation that allows us to focus on keyboard navigation and fine motor control. These aural skills also transfer to any musical instrument or activity. Parental support is vital and essential to your child's success in music class and at the keyboard.
Children explore the music, dances, and stories of four different cultures: British Isles, Amer-Indian, African-American, and Germany. The repertoire learned in this class will be played on the keyboard next year in Keyboard I. The basic skills include listening, singing, playing instruments, moving, and working with patterns. Through echoing patterns, children build a vocabulary of musical phrases that they can recognize aurally and visually, leading to an understanding of music notation.
Piano Partners: Keyboard I ~ Ages 5 1/2 - 9 & parent
Music literacy is the goal and this class is designed to teach children to play the beloved song repertoire learned through the early years of YAMS. These lessons follow a sequential approach to piano and understanding musical notation taught through the classroom books.
Parents play an important role in establishing good practice habits and attend all classes. (Don’t worry if you don’t know piano — you will learn along with your child!) Consistent, supervised at-home practice on a tuned piano or keyboard (chosen by families) is required and essential for success (5 days per week, 15 - 20 minutes per day).