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My Versatile Piano Player

Take a Peek into our 'At the Piano' Classes

Why settle for a typical class where your child is sitting decoding notes on sheet music then doing a truckload of theory, when your child deserves to be delightfully engaged in a didactic way towards becoming an all-round, versatile musician!

In our Musikgarten Piano Classes, unlike anywhere else, children experience it all!

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👁Sight-singing & sight-reading

♫ Composing & ✏ Dictation

👂 Aural Recognition  

🎹 Playing songs by ear

💭 Improvising & Creating

🎼 Reading Notation

Children in our classes often run into the room, some flip in, hardly able to wait to play the songs they’ve been hearing, singing, drumming, and dancing. Parents/caregivers participate with us in the final fifteen minutes of each class, and are invited to attend the entire class at any time.

Give your child a comprehensive music education with a solid foundation in musicianship, piano skills and true music literacy.

Programme Overview

At the Piano Music Makers

This specialised Year-long group Piano class at each level, is an extension of the work done in Piano Preparatory Genesis Music Makers and follows a very sequential approach to building keyboard skills and understanding musical notation.

The programme is designed to teach the children to play the songs they've been hearing, singing and dancing to throughout the years of early-childhood; it is the final step on the pathway to music literacy.

Levels of At the Piano


Intro to Piano
(6 yrs+)

Musical Goals: Over a period of 10 weeks, the children will be introduced to playing in D major 5 finger position and the I and V7 chords to accompany their songs.

Sing and play with parents

This Pianista tells us about her experience



AT the Piano - Level 1
(7 yrs+)

Musical Goals: Throughout the entire year (30 weeks), the children will become familiar with D, C and G major 5 finger positions as well as d and e minor. They will be introduced to the I and V7 (also i and v7) chords to accompany their songs.

Transposing their repertoire to all known positions is encouraged as each new position is introduced.

Let's start with a Minor Key

Now let's play in Major keys & transpose

Hot Cross Buns in C major

Hot Cross Buns in G major



AT the Piano - Level 2
(8 yrs+)

Musical Goals: Throughout the year, the children will become comfortable with D,C,G, add E, F major 5 finger positions as well as d, e as well as c, f minor. They will be introduced to the I and IV, V7 (also i and v7) chords to accompany their songs.

Transposing their repertoire to all known positions is encouraged as each new position is introduced.

Drum Song: Once we could feel it in our bodies, then we could play it with our fingers!

Drum Song: Let's practice the chords

Drum Song: Now let's play the song with melody and accompaniment!


Benefits of Group Piano

Benefit of Group Music Classes

Lessons at the keyboard in small groups allow the children to experience the delight in making music with others, while at the same time encouraging the development of rhythmic competency, listening skills, singing, and music-reading.

Children who complete Music Makers: At the Piano not only possess a strong desire to make music, they have the aural and keyboard skills that will enable them to do so. It prepares children for future keyboard study, as well as whatever musical adventures the future holds.

Transfer to other instruments

The knowledge your child gains at the piano, your child will also be able to transfer to other instruments

Listen for Bells on the Piano Keys

Listen for Bells on the Tenor Steelpan

Listen for Bells: Reading Notation


Get certified by the International Musikgarten

Upon completion of each level, your child will be awarded Musikgarten certification.
Children who complete level 2 will be eligible to join our Versatile Keyboard Class towards preparing for London based exam classes in our Piano & Certification classes and continue with Level 3, 4, 5, 6 of Musikgarten Piano

What do we need to get started?

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  • A fully equipped set up at home with Keyboard/Piano, bench and stand. These items should not be bought separately but tailored to the height and growing needs of your child.
  • A CD player (in the car/home) or mobile device with Audio player kept near the piano/keyboard for ease of access for daily practice are required
  • The Musikgarten Materials: Piano book with notation cards, Parent Guide Book and audio recordings for your level.
  • Parents / caregivers who are committed to dedicating time to sit with their children in their daily homework activities.

What equipment/instruments to buy?

Keyboard

We recommend Yamaha for quality, features, affordability and durability.
 

Keyboard stand

Getting the right size and height of stand is important and goes along with the stand and keyboard.

Keyboard bench

Getting the right size and height of bench is important and goes along with the stand and keyboard.

Adapter

Use your adapter at home when you play. Be sure to remove the batteries.

Batteries

You will need to put batteries in your keyboard for use in class - for safety reasons.

Mobile Device

You can play your CDs in the car and use your mobile device near your piano at home

In addition to the wide ranging Classical and Folk repertoire from all around the world, they'll also learn songs in our own musical culture including local Folk, Parang, Calypso, Chutney and Soca.

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Explore the Benefits for my Primary Schooler

  • Noted author and neuroscience educator Jane Healy speaks about children whose parents have chosen more "academic" pursuits for their children:

    "Studies show that 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds in heavily "academic" classes tend to become less creative and more anxious - without gaining significant advantages over their peers."
    Jane M. Healy
    Your Child's Growing Mind

  • "Music brings people together. Through music, children take an inner experience and move it into a shared creative experience. Group music-making releases energy which can be channeled in creative, productive directions. Children learn about themselves and others by playing music together and by listening to each other — tapping into hidden courage that can be played out by singing together or discovering the inner resources to listen quietly to another child's playing."
    Judi Bosco
    Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Learning melodies, scales and chords on the instruments, helps improve more difficult fine and gross motor skills and in doing solos, helps to manage and overcome performance anxiety.

  • Cooperative activities foster social interaction and help children become more vocal.

  • Longer focused activities help students to improve memory and attention span.

  • Pitch and rhythm training from early helps in developing the ability to play melodies by ear and being able to identify basic harmonic progressions.

 
 

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