Music Education that’s
In Tune with Children
In the Let’s Play Music programs, we know how children learn most effectively. That’s why you’ll see play, peer interaction, full-body involvement, and emotional nurturing in every single lesson. Each of our three programs is intended for beginners! Your child will thrive with our perfectly tailored age-appropriate methods. Pick the program created for your child’s age group below to get started.
Let's Play Music doesn't just teach piano, we also develop sight-reading, harmony, melody, and rhythm skills in such a way that children internalize these skills, and become talented!
Our students can read music and know what the music sounds like in their head, so sight-singing, harmonizing, composing and improvising become second nature. We do this by taking advantage of the brain's ability to absorb music concepts and teach skills in an age-appropriate manner.
After completing our curriculum, students are prepared to pursue private piano lessons or other instrumental instruction and will continue to demonstrate high musical ability throughout their lives!
Our Teaching Philosophy
How we do it!
Play is the Way
We use minimal talking because children learn through play and repetition. Research has shown that the more senses involved in the learning process, the more the concepts are internalized. So we use the eyes, ears, hands, and full body movements to learn concepts usually taught on paper.
Learning through Experience
Children learn through experience. Concepts and skills are introduced in games and songs without labeling or explaining. Once a concept is mastered, it can be labeled and it becomes a dramatic discovery moment.
The Let's Play Music curriculum is centered on the teachings of the music masters Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze, as well as Edwin Gordon's Learning Sequence in Music. They are revolutionists who changed the attitudes of teaching music to children. Their philosophies are at the heart of our curriculum and you will see their methodologies in each detailed lesson plan.
In the Kodály Method children are first introduced to musical concepts through playful, natural experience. He emphasized the use of folk songs in all early music education, stating that they are the ‘mother tongue’ for teaching music. Melodic patterning, the repetition of certain notes in a row, trains both the ear and the eye to read the patterns on the staff. Adding solfege hand signs and syllables further enhanced the learning experience. He used both folk music and songs that are based on the pentatonic scale to help teach the art of singing in tune.
The Dalcroze method, taught in his Eurhythmics schools, is another approach music educators use to foster music appreciation, ear-training, and improvisation while improving musical skills. In this method, the body is the main instrument. Students learn rhythm and structure by listening to music and expressing what they hear through spontaneous bodily movement, i.e. walking to quarter notes, skipping to dotted notes.
In the Orff-Schulwerk approach, children are taught concepts through improvisation, composition, and a natural sense of play. He taught using folk music and music composed by the children themselves. All musical concepts were taught through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama, and the playing of percussion instruments. He believed the order of instruments should be: 1. Body Percussion 2. Voice 3. Simple Percussion Instruments 4. Barred Instruments
(For example, our tone bell set is an Orff instrument!)