Teachers and parents are starting to understand that if you give children the gift of music at an early age, the benefits last a lifetime. It is not just listening to music, but engaging in music in an active way with in a group. The parents see the benefits instilled in their children and the teachers see these and the benefits for their studios.
For children the benefits can be:
- Their toddler learning to relax and be calm, control impulses, or move with rhythm and grace
- Their preschooler learning to share, take turns, sit still and listen, or get ready to read
- Their school age child falling in love with music, learning to compose and improvise
Teachers see the same great benefits for the child through their classes, but also understand that having or adding early childhood music to their instrumental studio makes business sense. Here are just a few benefits for the teacher:
- Extra income – you make more money with group classes then just teaching one student
- Making the most of your day – you can schedule early childhood classes at different times, like a morning time, than private lessons
- Laying the ground work for good musicianship and building your instrumental studio from the ground up
Long time Musikgarten teacher Ellen Johansen recently spoke about this in a podcast with nationally recognized piano teacher, Tim Tophan, and specifically using the Musikgarten material to attain these goals, especially laying the ground work for good musicianship. Here is a quote from the session when discussing why she uses Musikgarten:
“That’s why I do it. I love it, I love the flow of it. I love that it covers all the bases and it answered the most important question for me when I was looking for it 20 years ago. And I was frustrated as a traditional piano teacher. I kept getting students who are following all those method books and they were following everything I was saying and yet they weren’t creating music, and they weren’t reading very well. And the question kept popping up, “How do I get these kids to read music?” And I mean it became a major issue for me and that when I found this program (Musikgarten) it answered the question and more. I had no idea and I’ve never gone back to that traditional mode since then.”
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Tim also focused on this topic in a recent blog post, referencing some of Ellen’s thoughts.
Maybe you are a piano teacher, singer or other instrumentalist who wants to make extra income or just want you students to be more musical. Musikgarten is the answer!
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