A melo­di­ous learn­ing curve

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YOUR child may be singing his/ her so­los in the shower or hum­ming to him­self/ her­self while play­ing or even im­i­tat­ing his/ her favourite idol with a makeshift in­stru­ment. Af­ter laugh­ing in amuse­ment, what is the next thing you do? Do you brush it off as a phase in child­hood or do you take this as sign to nur­ture the tal­ent of a fu­ture star in the mak­ing?

Did you know that learn­ing the do- re- mis can help chil­dren ex­cel in ways be­yond the ba­sic ABCs? Stud­ies have shown that learn­ing mu­sic fa­cil­i­tates learn­ing other sub­jects and en­hances skills that chil­dren inevitably use in other ar­eas. Learn­ing mu­sic pro­motes an eas­ier time learn­ing math, prac­tis­ing good man­ners ( in­clud­ing pa­tience) and be­com­ing a team player.

There’s more. Have you no­ticed that a scream­ing baby tends to calm down when sooth­ing mu­sic is put on, or how the rhyth­mic nurs­ery rhymes on tele­vi­sion at­tracts the at­ten­tion of tod­dlers and makes them sing along? Well, when this hap­pens, the brain is stim­u­lated. It is proven that when one in­ter­acts or learns mu­sic, more parts of the brain are stim­u­lated com­pared to any other body func­tions.

Mu­sic lessons mould the cog­ni­tive skills and in­creases one’s mem­ory and con­cen­tra­tion.

“A mu­sic- rich ex­pe­ri­ence for chil­dren of singing, lis­ten­ing and mov­ing brings ben­e­fit to chil­dren as they progress into more for­mal learn­ing,” says Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­sic Mer­chants ( NAMM) Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mary Luehrisen. NAMM is a not- for- profit as­so­ci­a­tion that pro­motes the ben­e­fits of mak­ing mu­sic.

Mak­ing mu­sic a part of your life- long education brings many ben­e­fits. It im­proves aca­demic skills and de­vel­ops phys­i­cal skills. Be­sides that, it also en­hances one’s so­cial in­ter­ac­tion skills. At­tend­ing group classes re­quires one to par­tic­i­pate in team­work and in­ter­act with one an­other. Mu­sic pro­vides an av­enue for this.

Fur­ther­more, it re­fines dis­ci­pline, pa­tience and is known to boost self- es­teem. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in group mu­sic lessons may en­able chil­dren to un­der­stand that no­body, in­clud­ing them­selves or their peers, is per­fect, and that ev­ery­one has room for im­prove­ment. In ad­di­tion, mu­sic also helps chil­dren learn about other cul­tures. The in­quis­i­tive­ness to find out about the ori­gin of the in­stru­ments played in­tro­duces them to var­i­ous types of mu­sic gen­res from dif­fer­ent parts of the world.

Now, if you have de­cided to cul­ti­vate your child’s mu­si­cal tal­ent and want to start right away, you need not look far.

Yamaha Mu­sic School needs no in­tro­duc­tion. Ac­knowl­edged as a renowned mu­sic education cen­tre in Malaysia, the school caters to the mu­si­cal needs of chil­dren as young as the ages of three and above.

The ar­ray of cour­ses of­fered

They say that since birth un­til the age of four, a child’s brain is like a sponge and ab­sorbs in­for­ma­tion at a fast pace, hence it’s the right time to teach a child a new skill as it will be grasped fast. Yamaha of­fers a few cour­ses for chil­dren from the ten­der age of three up to six in a class­room en­vi­ron­ment; a. Mu­sic Won­der­land ( MW) In­cul­cates in­ter­est for mu­sic in chil­dren while de­vel­op­ing their con­cen­tra­tion. This course teaches them of the var­i­ous el­e­ments of mu­sic through lis­ten­ing, singing and play­ing. b. Ju­nior Mu­sic Course ( JMC) En­ables chil­dren to garner the fun­da­men­tal mu­sic ca­pa­bil­i­ties through lis­ten­ing, singing, play­ing, read­ing, writ­ing, and cre­at­ing mu­sic. Fo­cus is mainly on de­vel­op­ing the lis­ten­ing skills as this is the per­fect time in the mu­sic learn­ing era where the hear­ing de­vel­ops.

Af­ter the com­ple­tion of the JMC, stu­dents will move on to the Ju­nior Ex­ten­sion Course ( JXC), Ju­nior En­sem­ble Course ( JNC), Ad­vanced En­sem­ble Course ( ANC), and fi­nally the Se­nior En­sem­ble Course ( SNC).

For chil­dren aged six and above, Yamaha Mu­sic School of­fers an ar­ray of Elec­tone, Pi­ano and Yamaha Pop­u­lar Mu­sic cour­ses that varies in ac­cor­dance to age. Th­ese cour­ses are of­fered ei­ther in an in­di­vid­ual or group class en­vi­ron­ment.

The Elec­tone is a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment that al­lows play­ers to ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion in choos­ing and ap­ply­ing var­i­ous in­stru­men­ta­tion and rhythms, and com­bin­ing them to cre­ate a com­plete, mu­si­cal or­ches­tral per­for­mance. a. Ju­nior Step Fun­da­men­tal Course ( JSFC) A course for chil­dren aged six to eight, this course teaches stu­dents the fun­da­men­tal process of lis­ten­ing, singing, play­ing and read­ing. The course’s main aim is to en­able stu­dents to en­joy play­ing the reper­toire pieces in the text­books.

b. Ju­nior Elec­tone Course ( JEC) and New Elec­tone Study Course ( NESC)

In­tro­duces stu­dents to a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal sub­jects that builds a firm mu­sic foun­da­tion and strength­ens their abil­i­ties to play var­i­ous reper­toire pieces from dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal gen­res. They learn the art of per­form­ing, im­pro­vis­ing, ar­rang­ing reper­toires and even com­pos­ing.

Yamaha be­lieves that mu­sic is the path­way to cre­ate a holis­tic, cre­ative and ful­fill­ing jour­ney that en­ables the po­ten­tial and tal­ent of each in­di­vid­ual to sur­face. The school be­lieves in start­ing early but, at the same time, it also be­lieves that it’s never too late to start your mu­si­cal jour­ney.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03- 7803 0900, visit http:// my. yamaha. com/ or find them on Face­book: Yamaha Mu­sic Malaysia.

stud­ies have shown that learn­ing mu­sic fa­cil­i­tates learn­ing other sub­jects and en­hances skills that chil­dren inevitably use in other ar­eas.

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