WJ started this new solfege-based music class in January, and we’ve been listening to the CD and watching the DVD almost every day since the first day of class. I was a little unsure about enrolling him in the class since the suggested age range is 4-5 and he just turned 4 last week. But it’s turned out just fine. I think he’s starting at just the right age for this class.
Okay, he is the youngest in the class and sometimes he ends up squirming his way to the other end of the class to say hi to his friend from preschool. But overall he’s progressing in the class and even playing some notes on the keyboard!
The class is 45-minutes long and starts at 5:00 p.m. So, at about 30-minutes into the class my little boy starts getting tired and it’s a real strain to keep him focused. But he’s excited to go to class every week and, more importantly, he’s excited to practice at home, too.
He’s learned how to play do and re on the keyboard with his right hand, he can identify all the dos on the keyboard and he can also knows high do versus low do. I’m super impressed with the class. The teacher is great and she recognizes and respects that this is a mixed age class. So she’s not pushing the younger kids to perform at the same level as the older kids.
I’ve tried teaching him some piano concepts on my own but we’ve never practiced with consistency so I’m really glad to have found this class. I also love that the class is parent-participation. I can learn along with him and effectively work with him on the new material at home. (Plus, there’s the added bonus that I get to learn how to play the piano, too!)
You can click here to learn more about the Yamaha Junior Music Class and find a class near you. They Yamaha Music Education System has classes for different ages, too.