The Mini Musicians program is the perfect first introduction to music lessons for your child. This is a no-pressure, no-practice curriculum where we explore music and the piano through improvisation, songs and games.
In their first year, Mini Musicians learn to explore sounds, listen actively and move to music. They also get introduced to the piano keys, develop reading skills and learn about rhythm notation. In the second year, they begin to play more pattern based improvisations and learn to play folk songs on the piano together.
You do not need a piano at home for your child to take part in Mini Musicians. It is beneficial to have instruments for them to experiment on but this could be bells, a glockenspiel or a toy keyboard. Students in Mini Musicians will not have practice assignments but will benefit from trying the fingerplay rhymes and listening to music we’re covering in class between lessons.
Structure of the Class
- Mini Musicians is a weekly 40-minute class.
- Groups are kept small, just 4-6 students, so your child will get the individual attention they need to thrive.
- Each weekly class involves singing, moving, improvising and learning about music through games.
- Parents normally do not stay for this class (kids often find their own parents a bit distracting!) but are welcome to sit in whenever they want some students may need this in the first few weeks to ease the transition.
We currently have a couple of spaces available in our Saturday morning class at 11:20 am – 12:00 pm. Please fill in the form below if you’re interested in signing your child up.
Preschool Piano for Patterns
Learning music is actually all about patterns. By studying music, children learn to recognise patterns visually and aurally which can help with understanding maths and other subjects in school. Music and maths have a very close relationship.
Preschool Piano for Pathways
Studies have shown that learning a musical instrument can actually create new pathways between the left and right side of the brain that wouldn’t exist otherwise. Musicians are quite literally wired differently.
Preschool Piano for Movement
Music lessons can also help students to develop better hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity. Beginning young also makes a big difference in students’ rhythm skills throughout their life.
Preschool Piano for Grit
Studying music can also foster persistence and grit. Have you heard of Carol Dweck’s studies on growth mindset?
I have seen first-hand how students who initially had a fixed mindset approach to learning (they thought they were not talented/good enough and would give up easily) have gradually developed this belief and understanding that practice pays off. This “stick-to-it-iveness” is a huge boost for life in general.
Preschool Piano for FUN!
This is the most important one in my opinion. Learning music is FUN. Playing music is FUN. And starting at a young age is the best way to ensure your child will have a love and understanding of music for life.
Plus when they learn at Colourful Keys they’ll definitely be having fun every step of the way since we believe in teaching all our students through creativity and play.