Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Musikgarten: family music for toddlers

We've been wanting to enroll Ethan for some kind of activities to let him learn new things and at the same time to socialize with other children of his same age group. This is also to prepare him since we've decided to send him to playschool in January next year. Coincidentally one of my friends have suggested for me to enroll Ethan in Musikgarten since her son is also in it. She told me we could go for a trial which is only RM35 for 4 sessions. After discussing with hubby, we then decided it would be good for Ethan since he does seem to have some inclination towards music and songs.

We've so far brought him to 2 classes/ sessions. We've told ourself that for the first class he may not even bother to join the class which indeed was true except when the teacher started to bring out the music instruments. I think he only joined 1/4 of the whole 30 mins session that day ;p He was more busy running around the class then joining the other children singing and doing movements with the teacher. But the second session was even worst as he kept asking to go out from the classroom so that he could play outside!! We kept coaxing him to re-enter the class which he did but always end up asking us to let him out! But at least he joined for a short while when the teacher took out one of the music instruments and let him have a go ;p Oh well, we still have 2 sessions to let him try...I guess if he still doesn't seem to be interested to join the class we might postpone his actual enrollment to a later stage ..perhaps when he is more ready and after seeing his progress in his playschool ;p

Some of you may have heard of Musikgarten but for those who have not heard about it, Musikgarten is basically an early childhood music education for children from birth to age nine.

You may ask,

Why should I pursue early childhood music education for my child?

The answer given my Musikgarten is that:

"Music awakens and stimulates neural pathways in the brain that are associated with higher forms of intelligence, such as abstract thinking, empathy, mathematics and science. Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Remember singing the ABC song to learn your ABC's? Studying music helps children establish good listening habits, which are essential for achievement in school. Overall, music activities are perfect for child development. Music immerses the child in language, evokes movement, stimulates the brain and fosters physical coordination - all in a group setting that builds community - a holistic experience."

Ethan falls under the 16 months to 3.5 years old category and below is the course content for his age group:

16 Months - 3.5 Years
Participate with your toddler for 30 minutes each week in singing, Chanting, moving, dancing, listening and playing simple instruments.

Musical play activities:
– Help develop a strong musical bond with your child and closer family ties.
– Bridge the natural connection between music and movement.
– Enhance your child’s musical aptitude and listening abilities.
– Lay the foundation for singing and vocal development, listening skills, and purposeful movement.

– Movement activities for coordination, body awareness, exploration of space, body control and the pure joys of movement.
– Folk songs for singing, dancing and listening.
– Focused listening examples from both daily life and music instruments.
– Instruments to explore: rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars.
– 4 wonderful semesters, each with a 60 minute CD, a parent activity book and an instrument or scarf to use at home.

Personally, I do feel this is a good programme as not only will it prepare the children for future music instruments classes. But the programme also encourages social skills, motor skills as well as helping the children to be more discipline.

Fingers crossed and hope Ethan will be more cooperative for the coming classes ;p and should you want to know more details about Musikgarten in KK, you can call 088-721733.

The pictures below were taken during his first session :)

While the rest were following the class, Ethan was busy inspecting the stuff inside the classroom ;p

He was quite happy to join when the teacher brought the xylophone out though ..but the teacher had to persuade him to return it to her so the others can have their turns heee...

You can see Ethan still wanted to play with it even though his turn was over hehehe...


Carol said...

I can imagine Ethan going all over, ha! Pening tu guru. Recently I read about how to choose the right music program and teacher for kids - depending on their personality. It's so much on their age but more on their interest (how they learn). Maybe si Ethan ni yang jenis hands-on and lots of practical

Aunty J said...

YA! He was practically running around the centre including wanting to go inside the office!! haha..You're right...Ethan is sure is a hands-on and prefers a lot of practical type...will hv to find alternative if the last 2 sessions is not successful ;p

Joan D'Arcy said...

hehehe.. just to share with you that my big C only started getting involve after 6months. Perseverence reaaly pay off!.. and only 1 parent yg masuk bcoz if 2, that's where the kid starts losing concentration... just my 2cents worth! =)

Aunty J said...

Wahhhh 6 mths!!?? Ya kan maybe coz two of us ard he batabiat hehe...we're not sure if we shld continue or wait for a while b4 enrolling him for real masi nie...

Joan D'Arcy said...

Ya bah! Big C enrolled in July 2007, slalu miss class, its either dia malas, kami malas.. hahaha! But early 2008, he mcm ok sudah. Now he is in the 4-5yo, sendiri sudah masuk. Nda payah parents lagi.. *phew* hhehe..

My baby C joined when he was only 7months. and he is good in class... Pandai wait for his turn, enjoy the beat, suka humming lagi tu.. hahaha!

Btw, besar oooh si Ethan kan, kalah my ds#1... but he is definitely adorable!!

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