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  "Tell me, I forget…show me, I remember…Involve me, I understand." Carl Orff

An important note from the owner of Addison Music Learning Centre:

Please allow me to explain how I came to recognize the superior teaching methods available for children under the age of 8. When I first started teaching music,  in 1989 , I was often frusterated and challenged when my boss asked me to teach a young child under the age of around 8 years. Even though I was in University taking music and had already graduated from Humber College for music, I soon discovered that I wasn't adequatly prepared to teach this age group. I didn't have a full undersanding of how their brain understands concepts at this stage in their development and the material I was teaching wasn't getting through. I had problems figuring out how much information they can properly digest in a half hour lesson, and furthermore, I found that since their reading skills are just developing, teaching them to actually read notes in my traditional way was not working. I also discovered that often the size of the child's hands made it almost impossible to progress on the instrument. As I discussed my problems with other teachers I found that many of them felt exactly the same way and none of us knew exactly what to do about it.I soon discovered that, as a singer, I could engage the child through singing simple rhymes and rhythms. It helped a lot.

I realized that using rhymes and rhythms had been a good move when I finally met an Orff teacher.  She taught me the importance of starting with beat, rhythm, and language - using singing and rhythmic instruments.  Although the Orff method was very popular and  successful in Europe, at that time it hadn't quite caught on here in North America.

I sat in on her classes for an entire year to learn the process and was amazed.  The children easily developed a natural and inherent understanding of rhythm and the language of music.  I hired this teacher and our wonderful program was born.

Please read about this amazing early childhood music education method on our site and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.  Thanks for reading. Kim Addison

Why start early in an AGE APPROPRIATE music class?

"The early years of life are crucial for establishing a foundation for lifelong music development. A child's musical experiences from birth to age five have a particularly profound impact on the extent to which she will be able to understand, appreciate, and achieve in music as an adult. Children must be exposed to a rich variety of music during these years in order to develop the necessary readiness for formal music learning when they are older."  Edwin E. Gordon, The Gordon Institute for Music Learning

Info on Edwin E Gordon can be found here 

Students who have graduated from our Mini Musicians program have developed a very strong music vocabulary that can be easily transferred to any instrument.  

Teacher Training  Teacher training is an issue when choosing a music program for your young child.  Orff teachers are trained differently than most traditional music lesson teachers.  They have the necessary skills to engage your child.  They also know what steps to take, how long each step should take, and understand the psychological and physiological make up and limitations of a child at these levels.   

Why Not private lessons at this age?

Often starting a child too young in an  instrument that is not suitable for them actually sets them up for failure.  When this negative experience can occur early on in life, a child could grow up believing that they dislike music lessons.  Here are some more compelling reasons for choosing an age appropriate music program for your child... 

My hands are too small

Smaller hands and developing motor skills are why it is very challenging for a child to play a full sized musical instrument.  Orff recognizes this and all Orff instruments are designed for small children. At the same time, their design is perfect for developing motor skills.    

I can't even read yet!

Reading music notes is exactly like learning to read a completely different language and traditional private lessons often start by working through a music book (reading) at a pace and level of understanding more suitable to an older child. Your child is just learning how to read English, so adding a brand new language could be challenging.   Orff teaches children how to read music by using rhythmic speech and chant, singing, movement, and playing.  The traditional teaching technique in private music lessons often goes over a child's head and becomes frustrating for both teacher, parent, and child.   

Orff expands my vocabulary, speech and diction

The singing and chanting in Orff music class helps to expand your child's memory, language skills, diction, and vocabulary.  This is exactly what is needed at this age.  We also can not forget that all children love to sing.  We have to help them find their singing voice and develop their pitch at a young age so that they will have a great singing voice and pitch concept for the rest of their lives.    

Orff helps to improve my motor Skills

The Orff music instruments are made especially for the growing hands and bodies of children.  This, plus the multi-tasking elements of involvement in Orff music, helps to improve co-ordination and develop small and gross motor skills.  

Addison Music Learning Centre, 481 North Service Rd W, A7, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 2V6 908-825-8668
Music lessons for young children in Oakville have never been better!