HI, I'm Tammy!
To My Music For Young Children and
Music Pups in Abbotsford
FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION
*Please see the 'Check the schedule' page for a brief description
on classes available and times for September 2015
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homework sheets are listed on the
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Do you know what a dinosaur, rabbit and bird have in common? They are only few of the many critters that children love to learn about in the wonderful world of Music For Young Children. Music for Young children is the only program that captivates the minds of young children, while challenging them to grow into fine young musicians. Children often comment at the end of the lesson regarding their sadness that the lesson is over already. In all my many years teaching other group piano classes I NEVER heard that from any child leaving the classroom. It is such a blessing to teach the Music for young children program as it inspires children AND parents to learn and grow in their musicianship. I invite all who value family, music and education to investigate the Music for young children program to it's full extent. I believe once you've done this you will agree with me that the Music for young children program is the BEST music education program available nation wide. Along with the Music for young Children program I also teach the SUNRISE pre-school music program which is a non-keyboard based program which compliments the Music for young children piano program very well. I also am the Abbotsford Director and instructor of Music pups early childhood music and movement program. Music pups is a GREAT first start to music as it's goal is to help children attain basic music competence. I also enjoy continuing my teaching journey with private lessons for children who have graduated from the Music for young children program or with those who are no longer beginners but wish to advance their playing abilities in the area of improvisation, composing, jazz or with a band.
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I grew up in Kamloops B.C. and began taking formal music lessons when I was 6 years old however, music was in my bones from the time I was an infant. It was not uncommon for my extended family to gather at my Grandparents home and have a jam session. Many of my family members including my father played the guitar, banjo, violin, harmonica, organ, accordion and piano. I could always be found plunking around on my Grandma's old upright piano. I entered many festivals after starting lessons and quickly found my self winning many awards and advancing rapidly through the levels. I began writing music at the age of 10 and by 12 was recruited by the Yamaha music foundation as a teacher. At the age of 15 I began my teacher training for various Yamaha programs and taught hundreds of students of all ages. I continued teaching these programs when I moved to Abbotsford in August of 1988. Since then I have taught numerous other programs through out the years and consequently am also certified in TMA and RCM.
I began teaching Music For Young Children in 2005 after realizing that I needed a foundational shift in the way I was 'doing' my music career. I was challenged to investigate the Music for young children program and all it had to offer me as an instructor and the children I was teaching. I was completely blown away as I had never come upon a program that not only supported the teachers to the extent that they do nor a program that valued the learning styles of children on a individual basis. I am now a fully certified teacher instructing all levels of the program and believe even more each day that there is no better program out there for children BECAUSE of its child centered approach. Not only is Music for young children a well rounded music program, but it's FUN too. It engages children through ALL the learning styles they have i.e. visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile.
I believe that everyone is given a measure of talent at birth and it doesn't matter whether that portion is a large one or small. What matters is how that portion is used. For this reason it is my goal that every child I teach, regardless of their age:
Has fun while learning music!
Fulfills his or her potential!
Gains a good self image through positive
Learns to enjoy rising to a challenge!
Understands they are loved and accepted
regardless of their performance!
Music has always been one of my biggest passions whether it be performing it creating it, or passing it along to someone else. Along with teaching I keep very active with playing and singing in bands, leading worship at my church and songwriting. My family is also extremely important in my life. I've been married for over 20 years and have 2 teenage children. I believe it's very important to keep all aspects of my life balanced and therefore I keep my teaching schedule fairly limited to 3 days a week.
others say about my Music For Young Children classes?
"I would highly recommend anyone with children to
sign-up for MYC with Tammy. As a trained musician myself, I am amazed by how
much our sons have learned in the first two years of the program. Our boys are
both very active, yet Tammy has the patience to deal with them and help them
succeed. We are excited to see what year three will bring in terms of their
ongoing development". (Leonard Klassen)
"My three kids have been learning piano with Tammy Brown for
six years now. Tammy is very good with kids, she makes her piano lessons
very enjoyable and kids have fun learning. She has helped me and my kids
a lot and guided us in the right direction. Before coming to Tammy, my
daughters took private lessons for three years with another teacher, but didn't learn much.
They did not understand the theory and didn't want to continue with
piano. But when we came to Tammy, not only my kids but I have learned enough
piano to help them at home. Both of my daughters are doing piano exams
and my son will be taking private lessons next year. We are very happy
and I thank Tammy for helping us for all these years. " (Manju Sharma)
"My children and I loved going to Tammy's music classes. Tammy is the ideal teacher-thoughtful, warm, knowledgeable, and has a real heart for children, and for music." (Angela Wiebe)
"The music pups class has been instrumental in teaching my children to be more appreciative of music. It has enhanced their cognitive development in a way that they are able to improve their memory, their reading and comprehension skills as well as their social studies skills. My children always looked forward to going to music pups class because it really brought out their creativity and artistic nature which often times gets pushed aside in lieu of the more analytical science and math teachings that our school system emphasizes nowadays. Of course all this was made possible through the great teachings of Mrs. Tammy Brown. She was able to bring out the best in my 5 and 3 year old children. I would highly recommend her class for all children in their early developmental years." (Cristina Merluza Coloma)
"Tammy is one of the most patient teachers I have ever
met. She is very knowledgeable in music and she is very thorough. Music for
young children accommodates children with various learning styles and makes it
Fun!" (Jackie King)
"I really love this program and recommend it to people all
the time. My kids have learned so much AND we are having fun at the same time.
I just love how I can also see the
benefits for the building of their math skills and in other areas of
development as well. Just the other day my four year old was riding his bike up
the street and he doesn't know his left from right yet, but when I told him to
stay on his 'treble clef side' he understood right away! "(Mary-Jane Dahl)
"My husband and I have always believed in getting our
children into music early on. Being a mother of 5 children we have tried many
different teaching methods and have always come back to MYC. We found that MYC
really works, especially when they younger. When we had tried private lessons
with other teachers, the children found it boring, but with MYC learning music
is fun in a group setting with your friends. There are activities, songs, and games
to hold their attention to 'trick' the into learning painlessly. We home school
our children and love and music has always been part of their learning plan.
This program fits marvellously into our learning. It teaches piano but also
music theory which correlates with many math concepts that we study. It gives
an overall understanding of music and Tammy as a teacher is wonderful! She is
very knowledgeable and caring. She is able to engage the kids at various ages
and flex with what is going on in the classroom. Our family just loves her and
that is why we keep coming back." (Brandie Penningroth)
"My daughter and I have enjoyed Tammy's MYC Sunbeam 1
class SO much. I am impressed everyday at how much we both have learned ( as
this was a learning experience for both of us). It's exciting to teach her Dad
what we have learned as well as he was always the 'musician' in the family. To
see what my daughter has learned at the age of 7 is such a gift she'll have for
life. She is reading music, playing piano with both hands and has absolutely
exceeded my expectations. Tammy always lets each child in our group have a
turn, helping them individually as well as a group. I can't thank Tammy enough!
We'll see you in September for our Sunbeam 2 class!" (Lyndsey Loewen)
"My daughter started the MYC program when she was 6 and
has been with the program for 4 years and has loved it! One of our main reasons
for choosing this program was the ability to learn music in a small group. The
material is simple and fun, and hits all the learning styles (vocal, visual,
movement, listening skills and hands on activities). The use of games to
enhance the theory part of music is another enriching element of MYC. MYC is an
amazing program that grows with the child. I highly recommend it for both boys
and girls. It would have also not been the same without Tammy. Having a great
teacher teaching the program is really what makes it great. Tammy is the
biggest reason we stayed with MYC! "(Joanne Patterson- home schooler)
"Tammy Brown has taught both my daughters piano. I loved the high interest group lessons with keyboard characters for the children to learn about. My older daughter began lessons in grade 5 and has learned very rapidly under Tammy's teaching. I like that the children get to compose some of their own music, and there is a solid foundation in piano chords and theory. My daughter has learned a lot more in 2 years than I had expected and is still enjoying her learning". Thanks Tammy! (Lori Harris)
"My children have learned more than I could have imagined in 1 year of piano lessons. Tammy has incorporated fun with learning which has kept their interest and desire to practice during the week. I love that Tammy has provided background music for the kids to play along with during their recitals". (Barb Ratzlaff)
"Tammy Brown is an amazing music teacher. Together with her enthusiasm, patience and spirit of fun and MYC's multi-sensory approach, anyone can learn to play the keyboard and enjoy it". ( Allana Lemke has been learning music as a MYC parent alongside her two songs ages 6 and 8)