Making Music in Our Communities for Over 25 Years!
Central Valley Academy of Music is a non-profit society committed to providing the highest quality of musical education to the Abbotsford & Mission communities.
Music for Young Children Program
MYC provides the structure for learning to take place while allowing children the freedom to think. Children are empowered to set goals in their music learning while experiencing a playful, positive environment.
Rhythm EnsemblesRhythm and keyboard ensembles are used throughout the course for:
A composition unit of study is included in each level of MYC. However simple or elaborate in construction, each composition is reviewed and the student's effort is rewarded and encouraged. Creativity and expression are nourished.
Program materials are specially designed and produced for the child's age and development. The text is beautifully and cheerfully illustrated and exciting for the young child. Each manual provides singing, warm-ups, keyboard, listening, rhythm, keyboard ensembles and home assignment sections. In addition to the comprehensive student manual, the student receives a carrying bag, magnetic board, magnets, castanet, homework book and parent guide.
Learning StylesThis program, developed by Frances Balodis, was built on the experience and knowledge Mrs. Balodis gained working with children with learning disabilities. As a result, all concepts are presented so children, no matter what their learning style, are able to understand and manipulate the ideas. Visual, auditory, kinesthetic, auditory digital, analytical or any mixture of learning styles are successful!
Parent InvolvementParent participation in the classroom is integral to the MYC program. By being present, parents become aware of their child's learning styles, strengths and interests. And they can serve as informed guides in choosing further musical study.
Parent participation in the program also allows reinforcement of concepts and skill-building at home. Parents see how the concepts are presented, and learn how to reinforce the ideas at home. Parent help during the class is critical to the program; young children need guidance to find pages, and someone to point during the rhythm ensembles.
Also, the presence of a parent provides stability and security for the child, for whom this may be the first structured experience.
It is important that MYC teachers relate well to parents. A good working relationship with parents will be a very effective advertisement for your studio.
You can learn more about the program at www.myc.com or by calling the office.