New Expression Music Genius class starting soon! Class is filling up fast, so call us today to avoid disappointment!
We thank you for your support and attendance – It definitely meant a lot to the young performers that they had a full house to perform to.
Upcoming event coming up in June 2012! Stay tuned for updates!
Here’s good news to all the anxious parents out there who have been asking about new classes in 2012- They’re out!
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Keen to let your child experience a fun-filled music class? Contact us to arrange for a free trial lesson!
It is not surprising to find at AAJ’s Expression Music Genius program, some young children who have yet to pick up the skill of holding a pencil correctly. Teaching children how to hold a pencil correctly is important to prevent the development of a poor pencil grip. The poor grip may impair the child’s ability to write smoothly and correctly. A common problem for all children beginning to write is gripping the pencil too tightly, making writing hard (and painful). Usually the child learns to relax her grip as writing develops. Our dedicated teachers work together with you parents to ensure your child develops the skill of writing from a young age by reinforcing proper pencil holding techniques and by providing a variety of writing stationery that caters to the needs of younger children.
One technique we will like to recommend parents is the Tripod Grip. This The time-tested ergonomic method is rather simple for young children to grasp and a specific range of stationery (crayons, pencils, colour pencils, colour markers, etc.) are readily available for purchase, to help reinforce this technique to your child.
Remember to encourage your child when he/she has completed a writing task – Frequent practice and tracing letters may help your child to write correctly and to apply the correct amount of pressure.
A steady beat – the unchanging, steady pulse of the music.
Having a steady beat helps a child walk, run, ride a bike, bounce a ball, cut with scissors, dance, read and speak with smooth cadence.
Researchers have also found that children who can feel, move and play to a steady beat are better readers and more successful in math. They are also reported to be better behaved in class and have less aggressive physical contact with other students.
Can your child keep a steady beat?
At AAJ’s Expression Music Genius programme, we set aside time in our lessons weekly for specific activities that serves to train and develop the concept of pulse. Children will get to play with a variety of handheld percussion instruments and march/dance to the beat of the music.
Many things we do now have any impact on our future. Likewise, your decision to enroll your child to a wholesome music program will have an impact in his/her development.
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ScienceDaily (Sep. 20, 2006) — Researchers have found the first evidence that young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training.
The findings, published in the online edition of the journal Brain, show that not only do the brains of musically-trained children respond to music in a different way to those of the untrained children, but also that the training improves their memory as well. After one year the musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ.
The Canadian-based researchers reached these conclusions after measuring changes in brain responses to sounds in children aged between four and six. Over the period of a year they took four measurements in two groups of children — those taking music lessons and those taking no musical training outside school — and found developmental changes over periods as short as four months. While previous studies have shown that older children given music lessons had greater improvements in IQ scores than children given drama lessons, this is the first study to identify these effects in brain-based measurements in young children.
Every time that song is played on the car radio, 16-month old Jessica claps her hands and hums to the beat from the back of the car. She’s as happy as she can be, and with her bunny-like smile, she’s grinning ear to ear. You smile back at her from the rear view mirror. As soon as you start singing along, she giggles and tries to sing louder. The song ends and the two of you are still singing and laughing. This is just one of many signs you’ve had indicating your baby loves music.
Children have a natural love for music. They love a good tune with an energetic beat. It’s amazing what music can do for a kid. As a powerful stimulant, music can alter your child’s mood instantly and create new bonds and memories. We all have our personal stories of using music to calm a colicky baby or playing a favourite lullaby to put a little one to sleep. Music can also make time fly away on a long car ride. And, let’s not forget the role that music plays at parties! Continue reading