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Anyone teach Music for young children? #939055
11/14/07 10:07 AM
11/14/07 10:07 AM
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During my lesson yesterday I was talking with my teacher about my frustration with my job and desire to do something else. Knowing that I am not qualified to teach private lessons yet and won't be for a few years left me feeling frustrated. As I said to her, there is no way I can work this job for 3 or more years. I work every Fri and Sat night and spend little time with family. I am not able to take days off and it makes it very hard when there are functions that I am suppose to attend.

That said...
She suggested to me to look into MYC. I did and it looks really good. I am qualified to teach (have gr 8 RCM and gr 2 Rudiments plus ran a daycare in my home for 10 years, teaching K prep)

She did say that she does not always recommend this program because for qualified teachers this program can be limiting but for my case it would be a good way to start teaching.

There are no MYC teachers in my town and the closest ones are 25 min. away. I have been approached to teach children (3 and 4 year olds) because when daycare parents found out I play/take lessons they figured I could teach too.

Sorry if I'm rambling a bit...
So my question/s is, Do any of you teach MYC or do you have any experience with it, know of anyone who has taken or taught it? and do you have any opinions on the program?

Thanks!


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Re: Anyone teach Music for young children? #939056
11/14/07 10:24 AM
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I do not, but I do teach Kindermusik, and so I also work with the very young children. I really don't know hte difference between MYC and Kindermusik, but I can tell you that working with the very young has really added a new dimension to my private instruction. It has really helped me to think outside the box, and to use more movement associated with my teaching.

If it is set up similar to Kindermusik, you will own your own business. This can be difficult to start up, as there will be cost upfront to rent space, buy instruments and materials, and do advertising. MYC shoudl help you with some pointers, but really it will be up to you and your market as to the success of it. Like any business, it takes time to get established. For my Kindermusik program, I took over at the local music conservatory for another teacher, so I did not have to pay for anything. They covered the cost of certification, materials, and advertising. Still, since I was a new teacher, there was a significant drop in enrollment when I took over. Now that I've been teaching two years, it is starting to grow a bit more.


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Re: Anyone teach Music for young children? #939057
11/14/07 10:50 AM
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My daughter took a year of MYC. It was a wonderful program - she especially enjoyed the rhythm ensemble work and I think this was very valuable. She continued onto 'traditional' lessons and is a beautiful pianist. The instructor didn't continue for very long. She had young children of her own and there was a lot of prep time required. I'm not sure how great the local demand was because it is a program, at least the earlier levels, where the parent is there, participating with the child. Practice at home also involves the parent (about 15 min a day from what I remember). So, this did not appeal to parents who could not (or didn't want to) invest some time. Pedagogically, it was a thorough, gentle and fun way to start learning about music.

My son started out with a Kodaly program, and that served him well too. I think any of these programs that combine solfege, rhythm, movement and a bit of theory give kids a wonderful foundation. I remember the MYC program being a lot of fun.

best of luck,
Caroline

Re: Anyone teach Music for young children? #939058
11/14/07 11:12 AM
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MYC is one of a very small handful of group piano programs available. Harmony Road and Yamaha are others. My understanding is that the Yamaha program was the 'original' group piano method (it's been around for 30+ years) and that the others are in a sense offshoots of it. They are similar in that they share the same philosophy of 'ear before eye'. Yamaha and Harmony Road use solfege as their musical language, MYC uses traditional letter names (and a little solfege, a la moveable 'do'). MYC is very popular in Canada.

What I like about these three programs (in comparison to programs like Music Together, KM, Musikgarten, and others for the 2-4 year old range) is that they are piano-based even from an early age. Each child and parent sits at a keyboard or digital piano. Keyboard activities include 'bouncing on the black keys' then white keys, making 'birdie sounds' and 'elephant sounds', etc.... By the time the kids are 4 1/2 and ready for the group piano program they already have a nice introduction to the piano and can even identify some of the notes on the piano and the staff.

You can check out the other group piano programs here:

www.harmonyroadmusic.com

www.yamaha.com


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Re: Anyone teach Music for young children? #939059
11/18/07 10:54 PM
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I used to teach MYC until this september. You can email me if you hav eany questions

jayneolson@ns.sympatico.ca


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Re: Anyone teach Music for young children? #939060
11/19/07 12:45 PM
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My kids were in a program called Music Together, which I thought was great (I'm a musician and loved the education theory behind the method).

At one point, our MT teacher took a medical leave, and we stumbled upon a Boston-area piano class which starts for 3-1/2 year olds. It is called "Keys For Kids" and the creator of the program, Inga Magid, also licenses out the method. You can find her website via a google search.

My kids, now 9 and 11, both in private piano lessons (and the older one is now studying saxophone), are very musical kids. I'm very happen with the solid training they got in these early childhood programs.

Re: Anyone teach Music for young children? #939061
11/23/07 01:10 AM
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I taught Music for Young Children. It can be a good program.

The problem with music programs is that they're all franchises, and the quality of the musical education relies heavily on the teacher and their ability, and not so much on the material. In the wrong hands, a lot of the MYC stuff can be a disaster. But I know that there are Kindermusik teachers in my area doing a bad job, as well.

By joining MYC and going to their seminar, you will not learn how to teach children music. And in your first year of teaching, you will not have many students, and you will be spending a lot of money on equipment and whatnot. Most teachers of this program, at least, only last a year.

Also, a lot of people who sign up for this program are the kind who are signing with you because they saw your name on the internet and not because they saw you teaching. Some of the parents are so involved and overbearing, and they really put a negative vibe on the class for their child. I realize that you end up with these kinds of situations with private kids as well, but it doesn't seem to happen nearly as often.

On top of all of this, as with any program, once you've paid your membership fees and expenses, you have to pay fees per child registered.

If you really want to be a good piano teacher, sit in on your own piano teacher's lessons, offer free lessons to a relative or friend, and once you feel comfortable, build up your own studio unassociated with any program or company. If you have daycare experience, do group lessons with just the little kids and follow a really simple slow-moving book. (like the Music Tree Primer- that's my favourite!) Research your own music games on the internet and have fun.

Re: Anyone teach Music for young children? #939062
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On top of all of this, as with any program, once you've paid your membership fees and expenses, you have to pay fees per child registered.
I know this is true with some programs. Yamaha used to charge a monthly royalty for each student enrolled. Harmony Road does not. There is a very small franchise fee and the initial training cost (training runs about $300 for a 3-day session), and then the cost of the curriculum. I've found that they keep their materials costs for teachers at a very reasonable level so that when you mark up to cover shipping and expenses it's still reasonable for the parent. Other programs make their money on the teachers by charging full retail for all supplies. Then when teachers try to recoup their costs parents balk at the already high prices.


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