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I’m proud to offer Wunderkeys – a unique program for preschoolers ages 3 to 5.
An encouraging first experience in music lessons is critical to your child’s enjoyment of the piano. The WunderKeys Program has been designed to be that and more! WunderKeys lessons are tailored to meet the needs of preschool-aged children and to ensure that their first music lesson experience is positive and enjoyable.
Designed as an all-encompassing piano lesson, students participate in five different unique activities during their lesson time, ensuring they remain focused, engaged and happy.
Throughout the 3 book series, your child will develop piano and music skills that will allow for a smooth transition into mainstream piano method books. Beginners in this program start with no prior piano or music experience and finish with solid keyboard awareness, an understanding of rhythmic notation, and the ability to play simple pieces with both hands.
Practicing at home requires no prior musical knowledge on the parent’s part.
Easily laid out homework sheets guide you and your child through several fun activities each week designed to both reinforce what was learned in the lesson and create “bonding on the bench” time at home.
During WunderKeys lessons, your child has the opportunity to participate in fun activities both on and off the piano bench, which have been created to build confidence, increase enjoyment and solidify important music and math concepts. These activities include: musical math songs, patterning activities, finger poem exercises, book work, and music card games.
We use songs, games, and fun manipulatives to keep your child engaged and begging for their next lesson!
IS MY CHILD READY FOR WUNDERKEYS?
Readiness for piano lessons can vary widely among 3-5 year olds. Consider the following when assessing whether your child is ready to begin piano lessons.
If you find you are answering “no” or “not quite” to many of these questions, it is suggested that you wait a few months before beginning WunderKeys piano lessons.
Little ones develop and change rapidly! WunderKeys is designed to help them grow and learn, and creates the most feelings of success when children begin lessons once they are able to do most of the tasks listed.
[su_spoiler title=”Interest”]Does your child show interest in the piano?
Does he like listening and moving to music?
Is he excited about the prospect of piano lessons?
Is your child comfortable being away from you for short periods of time?
Does your child know the difference between “banging” on the piano keys vs. playing carefully?[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Communication”]Does your child respond well to questions asked by adults other than his parents?
Does your child sit and listen to stories with interest?
Is your child easily brought back to task when needed?
Can your child speak clearly and make himself understood in most situations?
[su_spoiler title=”Coordination”] Can your child wiggle only his thumbs or only his index fingers when asked?
Can your child hold a pencil or crayon?
Is your child potty trained?
Can your child follow two-part directions when asked? (For example, “Use your right hand to pick up the glass and then take it to the table.)
Can your child focus on a single task for 5-minute intervals?
[su_spoiler title=”Home”]Do you have a piano or an adequate keyboard at home (or do you have plans to obtain one?) A home instrument will be needed, but it doesn’t need to be fancy.
Do you have the time to sit with your child regularly to assist with home piano time? Preschool piano students need their parents to help them at home every day.
Do you have the ability to bring your child to lessons regularly? Consistency is important to your child’s success.
[su_quote cite=”Jane Saunders”]It helps children to appreciate music and explore their own creativity in an atmosphere of support and encouragement, while building a strong musical foundation. Many of the concepts overlap with the principles of math they will be learning in kindergarten and they don’t even realize they are learning- it’s such fun![/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Kimberley Gent”]The program is extremely enjoy-able which keeps kids interested and excited about learning more. [/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Katrina Grounds”]This simple, half hour weekly class will aid in empowering him when it is time for kindergarten. I asked Aidan how he felt about his piano lessons and he said “I want to take piano lessons until I am one hundred.” He is so proud of his ability and accomplishments with each lesson and home practice. [/su_quote]
The developmental abilities of 3-5 year olds are very different than that of 6 year olds and older… for which most other piano programs are created. There are many different concepts that your preschool students need to grasp before jumping into a “traditional” piano piece. Therefore, our preschool piano lessons are spent exploring the piano in ways in which they are capable. All lessons are geared towards having them understand everything they will need to know before being able to read notated music. It is the perfect way to lead into a mainstream book series… and a life of musical enjoyment.
For many students beginning the WunderKeys program, this is their first experience one-on-one with an adult other than their parents. It’s their first opportunity to be independent, to feel as though they have ownership over their own learning, and to feel pride in their individual accomplishments. The program is designed to foster feelings of confidence, self esteem, and the joy of learning.
Let’s chat about how WunderKeys can help your Preschooler grow their confidence, self esteem and their love of music.
Call 503-714-1198 today or Click here to contact me and schedule a complimentary phone consultation.