Music FunTime is an innovative and proven early childhood curriculum, for toddlers, preschooler, and young children ages 18 months to 9 years. Our program is based on Johns-Hopkins Research that children 7 and under can learn to read music notation and symbols, play instruments, while fostering their ability to grasp math and science as they develop.
The program focuses on learning music theory in a fun, artistic way through specially developed games and crafts. The curriculum changes every 5 minutes to hold their attention. Classes are 30 minutes in length once a week. Visit our preschool web site www.musicfuntime.org for more detailed information and videos of the program or call 704-769-3345.
12 Benefits of Music Funtime:
1. We’ll teach your child to read music in the same manner they are taught letters, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.
2. All students are introduced to piano, guitar, percussion, violin, bells, kazoos, flutophone and recorders.
3. We offer our special “Musical Crafts” lessons a few times a year, in which our students have the opportunity to learn Music Theory in a fun, artistic way.
4. A few times a year, we offer students the opportunity to rehearse for, and perform at public venues. These concerts build your child’s team skills and self-confidence.
5. Students will learn stage performance. Students will perform for one another, for their teacher in class and for their families at home. This gives the children the understanding of listening to other performers and helps them grow confidence in themselves.
6. Music Funtime teaches the Fundamentals of Music Theory for the Magical Math & Science Connection for ages 18 Months to 7 Years.
7. Music Funtime is not a simple playgroup where children sing, dance, jump & play instruments. We offer an innovative new program, geared by Johns-Hopkins research that children 7 and under can learn to read music notation and symbols, eventually, learning to play instruments.
8. Through crafts, worksheets, games, instruments, singing, & very small group classes, we teach children in a fun & exciting way how to play and read music. Class excitement has proven over & over the children’s enthusiasm to look forward to weekly music lessons.
9. Music Funtime is a structured & progressive curriculum.
10. Our goal in this program over time is to graduate all students into private music lessons. In our small group classes, we work one on one with all students to maximize individual students' learning capabilities.
11. We change the curriculum every 5 minutes in order to accommodate a child's attention span.
12. Students are given a backpack of rhythm instruments at registration to use in class and at home. Throughout the course, additional materials are provided. This adds variety, diversity and fun! All students are introduced to piano, guitar, percussion, violin, bells, kazoos, flutophones, recorders and harmonicas.
"As a result of our daughter’s music lessons with Music FunTime, she is more confident, communicative, and has developed an increased attention span, in addition to a growing appetite and appreciation for various types of music and musical instruments. All of this, and she is not even 2 years old! We are very much looking forward to continuing on this journey of discovery and learning with Music FunTime." - Emory and Kai Brown
"People can’t believe that Courtney is four years old and reading music. Courtney loves the crafts, interaction with the other children, and the performances. As an educator, I see all of the benefits of learning music at a young age and how it is developing her reading and math skills. The teacher is great with kids and knows how to get them to work hard while having fun!" - Maurisa Roberts
Music and the Brain
Math and Music unite the two hemispheres of the brain – a powerful force for learning. Did you ever consider the skills your child uses when he/she sings a song such as “This Old Man”? He/she is matching and comparing (through pitch, volume and rhythm), patterning and sequencing (through melody, rhythm and lyrics), counting numbers and adding. Add dramatic hand movements or clapping to the beat and you have created an entire package of learning rolled into one song.
In recent years, there has been consider- able amount of research on the effect of music on brain development and thinking. Neurological research has found that the higher the brain functions of abstract reasoning as well as spatial and temporal conceptualization are enhanced by music activities. Activities with music generate the neural connections necessary for using important math skills.
Music is considered a right brain activity, while Math is a left brain activity. When combined, the whole child is engaged not only in the realm of thinking, but in all the other domains of social, emotional, creative, language and physical development. Together they make a complete developmental package.
***Materials are given out when the curriculim dictates for the teacher to do so. By not finishing the class, you forfeit any future materials and instruments that may be given out.