CMLessons wants anyone to be able to learn music. That’s why we begin lessons at a very young age. We typically begin children with music lessons at 5 years old, but some exceptions have been made in the past to start kids younger than that.
Many times it’s difficult for parents to get their child’s attention, that’s why we recommend no longer than a half hour lesson for the kinder and small children students, hence the name Kindermusik Houston.
Teaching young children was very challenging at first. That is, until we developed a model that has really helped every instructor teaching a young child, as well as help the children learn.
We use three principles when teaching children at such young ages. We have called this model F.R.R.
Our instructors are trained to make their lessons fun and exciting, no matter who they are teaching. But for young children, it’s even more essential. In the past, we have found that by making children feel comfortable: making them laugh and being able to share some common ground (like talking about super-heroes), we are able to gain the child’s trust and they will be attentive because what they are learning is being taught in a fun way.
Unless you have a child genius or prodigy, young children won’t be able to comprehend many of the terms, symbols, and concepts relating to the music they are playing. The approach we take is learn by doing. With constant repetition throughout the lesson, children are learning because they are remembering. This process is much like the very popular Suzuki method.
Everyone likes to be rewarded. Young children are especially looking for rewards when they do a good job. It can be as simple as an enthusiastic high-five or even a sweet treat (with parental approval) at the end of the class. This helps the young children concentrate and want to do a good job so that they can get their reward at the end of the lesson.
I am progressing with each lesson thanks to John's ability to teach. His professionalism and knowledge are well worth the investment! And thankfully the price is super reasonable!