My child has very short attention span. I don’t think she’s ready for a 45-minutes group class.
My Music Playground programs are designed to capture the attention of young children through the use of fun and exciting materials. Lessons are structured to alternate between singing, keyboard playing, music appreciation, and movement to music.
What are the benefits of group learning? I would like my 3 year old to enrol in private lessons.
There are numerous benefits to group learning. Firstly, music is a social activity. Even as adults, we like to play in an orchestra or a band, or have our friends sing along as we play. This is emulated in ensemble activities within the group setting.
Young children are motivated not to fall behind their friends and this keeps the class progressing at a steady pace. We take advantage of their competitive nature and mentality of “if my friends can do it, so can I”.
A group setting enables students to learn from each other. They learn appropriate communication skills and how to behave as an audience and performer in class.
A group environment is even highly recommended if your child is especially shy. Our classes require children to sing in Solfege, so as to attain the skills of perfect pitch. Within a private lesson setting, he/she may find it highly confronting to sing on her own.
Overall, the pace of progress and sense of fun is much quicker and higher within a group setting.
Can my helper attend Little Fingers with my child?
Of course! Please ensure she understands her role in class, and that she reinforces class activities and piano practice with your child at home. Adult guidance in class, and frequent encouragement to practice at home, is essential at this young age.
We also encourage parents to enrol in weekend classes as opportunity to experience the beginning of your child's special musical journey with them.
I would like my very bright 3 year old to join the 4 year old program.
4 year olds are more developed in their fine motor movement skills. Having spent more time at school, they are also more prepared to process class instructions independently. We encourage you to wait until your child is socially, mentally, and kinaesthetically ready.
My child is enrolled in Little Fingers. Do I have to purchase a keyboard?
As part of your commitment to the course and in fairness to your child and classmates, you will need to have purchased a keyboard by the third lesson. Many children become discouraged when they are struggling behind their peers due to the lack of practice opportunities at home.