What to Expect
Music for Young Children (MYC) is a curriculum designed to be experienced in small groups and is the only child-centered music learning system that integrates keyboard, creative movement, rhythm, ear training, sight reading, music theory, and composition. Music for Young Children is a multi-sensory approach to learning music. In MYC children meet in small groups accompanied by an adult (parent, grandparent, or other guardian) who participates in the program with them.
This curriculum is designed to fit a 36-week schedule (a traditional school-year), and is offered for varying skill-levels within different age groups.
- Sunrise: ages 18 – 36 months
- This Pre-school music program helps children develop listening awareness, fine motor skills, attention span, and social skills. Puppet friends guide children on their music journey.
- Sunshine: beginners, ages 3-5 years
- This program includes elements from Sunrise along with keyboard skills. By the end of the first year in this program, children in this level will be playing C major and middle C positions, and reading from the staff.
- Sunbeams: ages 5-7 years
- Vocabulary development is the focus for this age group – at this stage big kids lyrics are used to introduce concepts, finger numbers, and keyboard pedagogy. Songs and games are used to reinforce listening.
- Moonbeams: ages 7- 10 years
- The older beginner program is designed to support the students’ growing sense of independence. Reading becomes the primary focus and students learn easy piano literature, folk songs, technique, and harmonization.
- Musical notation
- Rhythm & Movement
- Musical Terms
- Composers & History
- Sight Singing/Reading