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Swan's Music Studio
Piano Lessons in Vanderhoof, BC, Canada

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Musikgarten Classes- ages 18 months to 5 years

Family Music, Toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years

Come and explore music and movement together with your child in a safe, caring and nurturing environment!

These classes are expertly researched and planned for the active and curious toddler, combining rhythm, simple instruments, dance, singing together and listening as a natural bridge between music and movement!

There are 4 semesters, "My Day", "Animal Friends", "On a Trip" and "New Friends", for 2 years of music making with their favourite grownup- you, daddy, grandma or a nanny! Smiles and giggles are guaranteed!

You will receive a songbook, CD and digital download so you and your child can delight in the music and activities at home! 

  • Fall/Winter 2019/20: "Animal Friends"

  • Classes available: Tuesday afternoons, 1:30 - 2:00 pm;    Thursday afternoons, 4:15- 4:45

  • Winter/Spring 2020: "On a Trip"

  • Classes available: Tuesday afternoon, 1:30 - 2:00 pm;  Thursday afternoons, 4:15-4:45

Family Music, Preschool, ages 3- 5

Cycle of Seasons

Join your child in the musical celebration of the four seasons! 

In these classes, your child will grow independence and love for the outdoors with musical activities designed to build on their development of listening, self-expression, singing, rhythmic, and storytelling skills- perfect to get your child ready for the classroom!

Enjoy exploring musical instruments, singing, listening games, creative movement and storytelling, all the while learning about our natural world! Expect to see developing language skills, listening and attention development and natural rhythm and love of music and singing in your child- while having a lot of fun with you and their new friends!

There are 2 semesters, "Wind Dancers" and "Sun Catchers".

You will receive beautiful drawings, 2 CD's and digital recording in a small cloth bag so you can listen and do these activities at home with your child!

  • Fall/Winter 2019/20: "Wind Dancers"

  • Classes available: Tuesday afternoons, 2:15- 2:55 pm;  Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:10

  • Winter/Spring 2020: "Sun Catchers"

  • Classes available: Tuesday afternoons, 2:15- 2:55 pm;  Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:10

Why Music Class?

Many parents of young children enroll their child in music class.  It is a fun way to spend time together, and since children are innately musical, it is an activity to which they are naturally drawn.   But are you aware of all the benefits that music has to offer your child?   

 

  • Music is a language, and children instinctively recognize spoken language as communication.

  • Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their development and growth.

  • Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics.

  • Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory.  Who among us learned the ABCs without the ABC song?

  • Music is an aural art and young children are aural learners.  Since hearing is fully mature before birth, infants begin absorbing the sounds of their environment before birth.

  • Music is perfectly designed for training children’s listening skills.  Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.

  • Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child – the child’s desire for language, the body’s urge to move, the brain’s attraction to patterns, the ear’s lead in initiating communication, the voice’s response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments.

  • Making music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings.  Children often do not have the words to express themselves and need positive ways to release their emotions.

  • Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to the next.

  • Music is a social activity which involves family and community participation.  Children love to sing and dance at home, school, and at church.

 

Best of all, unlike cribs, strollers, and clothes, children never outgrow music and all its benefits.  Music has something special for each child – no matter his or her age.  As you think about your child’s activities for next year keep this in mind, and plan to make room in your schedule for music!

See the studio policy here.

Interested? Feel free to contact me here!                                    I look forward to hearing from you!

What People Say

T. Friesen, mom, Vanderhoof

My daughter, who is 3, loved her Musikgarten classes! She enjoyed the combination of singing and movement, and being with the other children was a highlight for her each week. ! I appreciated that the studio atmosphere is one of respect, love and joy of making music, and that my daughter was met where she was at, and gently guided towards her potential.