“Research has repeatedly shown that music helps children boost their abstract reasoning skills, improves memory and leads to improvements in IQ. Every aspect of music promotes better learning, leads to creative expression and a connection with fellow students that some might not otherwise achieve.”
(Toronto Star, editorial page, April 20, 2013).
Young children usually learn best through interaction with other children. For over 90 years, the Canadian Bureau for the Advancement of Music (CBAM) has been dedicated to developing the area of teaching music in a small group environment.
The fundamental skills of rhythm, ear training, and sight reading, are developed through educational games and stimulating activities. Small groups help with social development and the learning experience is accelerated through the camaraderie and friendly encouragement that exists in the group. They learn together, play together, perform together, as well as converse, teach, and support each other.• The children inspire each other to strive for better achievement by steady practice and hard work.
• Increased self-confidence and poise are developed as the student becomes more secure at performing in front of an audience. This is strengthened with in-class performance. At the year-end recitals parents and friends are invited to attend and hear all the students.
• The moderate cost of group lessons allows more children the opportunity to a fundamental music education. Having the teacher come into the school provides a convenient location for the parent and a familiar location for the child.
The main objective of our program is to enrich the lives of students and to prepare them to successfully pursue future avenues of music study. Through the study of the piano, our music education program provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of music, self-discipline, and improved learning skills.
You too can take part in your student’s musical progress. In fact, if you talk about ”practicing” too much the student may not like it. Perhaps you might refer to learning time as “playing the piano”. You will encourage more interest if you make sure you can hear the piano even if it is not always “music”. Your interest and a routine of practice time are important to support the student.