MYC provides the structure for learning to take place while allowing children the freedom to think. Children are empowered to set goals in their music learning while experiencing a playful, positive environment.
Children are the center of MYC. Their learning styles and needs are met through a multi-sensory approach. The understanding of music will expand into positive problem-solving skills, areas of self-expression, the growth of memory skills and will lead to excellent self-confidence and self-esteem. With these natural outcomes children can easily take on the skills required to be successful in future endeavours.
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Rhythm and keyboard ensembles are used throughout the course for:
- Reinforcement of rhythm reading
- Ensemble practice
- Exposure to great melodies
- Introduction to periods and styles
A composition unit of study is included in each level of MYC. However simple or elaborate in construction, each composition is reviewed and the student's effort is rewarded and encouraged. Creativity and expression are nourished.
Program materials are specially designed and produced for the child's age and development. The text is beautifully and cheerfully illustrated and exciting for the young child. Each manual provides singing, warm-ups, keyboard, listening, rhythm, keyboard ensembles and home assignment sections. In addition to the comprehensive student manual, the student receives a carrying bag, magnetic board, magnets, castanet, homework book and parent guide.
This program, developed by Frances Balodis, was built on the experience and knowledge Mrs. Balodis gained working with children with learning disabilities. As a result, all concepts are presented so children, no matter what their learning style, are able to understand and manipulate the ideas. Visual, auditory, kinesthetic, auditory digital, analytical or any mixture of learning styles are successful!
Parent participation in the classroom is integral to the MYC program. By being present, parents become aware of their child's learning styles, strengths and interests. And they can serve as informed guides in choosing further musical study.
Parent participation in the program also allows reinforcement of concepts and skill-building at home. Parents see how the concepts are presented, and learn how to reinforce the ideas at home. Parent help during the class is critical to the program; young children need guidance to find pages, and someone to point during the rhythm ensembles.
Also, the presence of a parent provides stability and security for the child, for whom this may be the first structured experience.
It is important that you, as an MYC teacher, relate well to parents. A good working relationship with parents will be a very effective advertisement for your studio.
For a more detailed description of course curriculum, contact 1.800.561.1692