A child completing 1st year of Young Child is usually 5 or maybe 6 years old. Many piano teachers do not take students until they are 7. Violin teachers will take children at a younger age because their are instruments designed for smaller hands (1/4 and 1/2 size violins). What are the advantages of completing the Young Child sequence?
- Kindermusik is a group activity and children enjoy making music with their peers.
- Kindermusik includes many games that make it more than just learning a new song. The songs are just fun, they teach skills like ear training and form.
- Kindermusik introduces the children to composers and styles of music through listening and moving to music. This doesn't happen in most private lessons.
- The 2nd year of Young Child has the children playing a dulcimer and a recorder. The dulcimer is a string instrument, the recorder is a wind instrument - both require fine motor skills. Violin and piano are fine motor skill driven too.
- Steady beat is continued to be reinforced in Kindermusik through ensemble playing. All music requires a steady pulse, but the group aspect of Kindermusik helps the children feel it easier than doing it on their own!
- Ensemble playing is more prevalent in the 2nd year of Young Child, and this encourages listening. Is someone too loud? do we have a steady beat? can you hear the melody?
- Private lessons cost considerably more than group classes. For example, Kindermusik for the Young Child is $250 for the entire semester, including materials. Private lessons can cost $350 and more for the semester, plus books are extra.