Music FunTime is an innovative new program based on the Johns-Hopkins research which has proven the magical connection between math and music. Through structured, progressive curriculum involving crafts, worksheets, colorful music teaching tools, games, instruments, singing, and very small group class instruction, children learn how to read music notation, rhythm, symbols, key signatures, and much more in a fun and exciting new way. All students are given individual attention and the curriculum is adjusted every 5 minutes to accommodate the attention spans of young children. You can learn more about this nationally recognized program on the official Music FunTime website: http://musicfuntime.org/!
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All students are given a bag of rhythm instruments, a variety of flashcards, and other music learning tools to use in class and at home.
Throughout the course, additional instruments and learning tools are provided to add variety, diversity, and fun!
Students complete crafts in class to teach music theory in a fun, artistic way, and engaging worksheets are sent home to complete each week.
All students are introduced to piano, guitar, violin, percussion, bells, kazoos, flutophones, recorders and harmonicas. By the time students are ready to graduate into private lessons, they will have had hands-on experience with all of these instruments and will be equipped to make a choice about which instrument they would prefer to continue learning, as well as a jumpstart in that instrument.
Students learn and practice stage performance by performing for one another, for their teacher in class, and for their families at home. This gives students a strong head-start advantage in this important aspect of music study, and any other area of performance they will encounter in their life, such as public speaking, theatre arts, dance, or anything else.
The Science Behind Music FunTime
In recent years, there has been considerable amount of research on the effect of music on brain development and thinking. Neurological research has found that the higher brain functions of abstract reasoning and spatial and temporal conceptualization are enhanced by musical activities. In other words, activities with music generate the neural connections necessary for developing 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 create a complete developmental package.
Consider the skills your child uses in learning a song. Your child is matching and comparing (through pitch, volume, and rhythm), patterning and sequencing (through melody, rhythm, and lyrics), and counting numbers and adding. By adding movements or clapping to the beat, you have created an entire package of learning rolled into one fun exercise.
Schedule and Tuition
Classes are 30 minutes and occur once each week at the same day and time. Tuition is $20 per class and is collected electronically in automatic monthly payments. Classes are divided by age and have a maximum enrollment of 4 students per class for age 3 and a maximum of 6 students per class for ages 4-5.
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 barely 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 class 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
“My daughter started Music FunTime when she was 26 months old. Maddie loved to dance and sing so I wanted to find a class that would offer a more formal introduction to music. I had no idea how much Maddie would actually learn! Within a few weeks she recognized a whole note, staff, and treble clef, and could bang out the rhythm of the ABC song on her drum! Now around 16 weeks of classes, she knows how many beats the different notes get, and is close to mastering where E, G, B, D, and F are on the staff. She’s 2! My husband and I are so impressed with her progress. The teacher is extremely patient and uses many different manipulatives and activities to keep the children engaged. There is no doubt she cares for the children in her classes. My daughter loves going to Music FunTime!” – Jeni Boston
“I just want to thank you for helping me expose my two daughters to the wonderful world of music. The structure of your class and your patience makes learning very easy. My 4 yr old and 2 yr old enjoy the excitement that you bring with the in-class projects and games. They’re having so much fun that they don’t even realize that they’re learning to read music at the same time. Again, thank you for making the arts fun for my children.” – Renee Chalmus