School’s right around the corner, and my girls can’t wait! Tee’s looking forward to seeing all her friends again, and believe it or not, she can’t wait to get back into her math and language lessons too. And then there’s Kay who’s starting kindergarten. She’s well on her way to reading independently and super excited about taking ice skating lessons with her class.
A well-rounded education is more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic though. Time and time again, studies show that music and arts education are an essential component of any curriculum. Music education benefits brain structure, brain function, language abilities, attention span, emotional resilience, empathy for others, and self-confidence. Wow! That’s an impressive list of cognitive, emotional, social, and physical benefits.
Of course we all want those benefits for our kids, but it’s not always easy to know where to find age-appropriate music education with dedicated teachers trained in Early Childhood music learning. Fortunately for families in Vancouver, we have the VSO School of Music!
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School offers fun classes and activities for all ages, abilities, and interests, but I’m most excited about their Early Years Program. Introductory and continuing classes engage babies and children in building brain-boosting musical skills from as early as four weeks of age. Kids can experience the joy of music from first sounds all the way through to mastering an instrument.
As you may have guessed from the name, the VSO School of Music enjoys a special relationship with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Students are afforded unique musical opportunities like meet and greets with famous musicians, complimentary tickets to VSO concerts, and even the opportunity to perform on the Orpheum Theatre stage!
Nothing impacts the human brain and heart like music, and Colourstrings Music & Movement Classes at the VSO School are designed to be your child’s first experience. Classes are organized by age and develop core music skills through singing, instrument play, dancing, creative movement, listening, and socializing in a stimulating yet structured way. With classes offered Tuesday to Saturday, it’s not hard to find a class to fit your schedule.
The Colourstrings approach introduces children to the wonder of music, from those earliest playful experiences through to music literacy and on to instrumental lessons if desired. In a typical 40-minute class, kids will:
- Sing, move, play, and imagine
- Develop core music skills
- Play some of the most beautiful instruments from around the world
- Learn simple dance patterns and move creatively to music
- Enjoy creative music games that develop basic musical literacy: reading, writing and composing
- Listen to a variety of high quality live and recorded music
Drop-in Parent & Baby Musical Yoga is a brand new activity for new parents and babies from four weeks old and up. These specially-developed classes helps parents strengthen, relax, and bond with their new baby through the universal language of music. Each class is team-led by a highly experienced yoga instructor and one of the VSO School’s Early Years music specialists.
“Pathway” Small Group Lessons are a unique, transitional way of beginning piano, violin, cello or percussion lessons with the use of both individual and small group instruction. Children participate in groups of 3 students, each receiving a 20-minute private lesson and a half-hour small group class weekly, for 10 weeks each term.
Free Musical Events
All families with children from toddlers to age 6 are invited to attend special “Instrument Petting Zoos” throughout the school year. Kids aged 2-6 and their families can see, hear, and try various orchestra instruments, play musical games, meet instructors, and enjoy hands-on time with a variety of instruments.
The first of these free events will be on Sunday, September 10, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the VSO School. Visit the Early Years page for more information.
Win a VSO Early Years Class!
I have great news! I’ve partnered with the VSO School to offer one of my local readers and their child (3 months to 6 years) a free space in one of their Colourstrings Music & Movement Classes for the fall 2017 term (September 16-December 9). Prize includes free annual registration free for a total value of $245.
The winner must contact the VSO School by September 8 and can choose their class day and time from what’s available at the time. Please note that parents will need to attend classes with their children from the 3 months through to 2-3 years age groups, but parents do not need to attend for children in the 3-4 years and 5-6 years age groups.
Enter in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway is open to anyone 18+ who can attend classes in Vancouver, BC. All the winner’s entries will be verified.
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