All fall classes are full. Winter/Spring Schedule 2020 will be available end of October.
Music in Me & More Music In Me
Two semesters. One semester = 18 weeks. 45 minutes weekly
MIM & MMIM can be repeated. Parent/caregiver's participation is required in class & at home.
This dynamic readiness program is structured so that your child will learn to play music the same way he or she learned to speak-by listening, repeating and responding. A parent or caregiver attends, take notes, and can coach daily at home.
Music in Me contains the basic elements of rhythm, melody, pitch, dynamics phrasing, and form. Concepts are learned through keyboard playing, solfege singing (naming notes using do-re-mi), movement activities and the use of rhythmic instruments.
As your child develops a trained ear and learns to create and perform music in a non-competitive environment, he or she will develop coordination, concentration and self-confidence. This layered natural approach emphasizes the ensemble aspects of music and it is wonderful preparation for further studies. Parents are fully involved in class and at home.
Harmony Road (ages 5-6)
2 semesters. One semester = 18 wks, 50 minutes weekly
Parent/caregiver's participation is required in class & at home.
The Harmony Road course is carefully constructed for children to learn the basic building blocks of music. Emphasis is on ear training, solfege singing, keyboard playing, ensemble and rhythm activities, movement and music creativity.
This exceptional course gives the student "inner hearing", which makes transposing, improvisation and composing easily accessible in their musical studies. Parents and caregivers are fully involved in class and at home.
By the end of the 1st semester of Harmony Road, children are able to play approximately 8-10 piano pieces (3 of them with both hands), Read notes on the Bass & Treble clef, learn simple harmonization techniques, and sing over 20 songs.
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Why Choose Our Harmony Road
Harmony Road Certified Teachers with Piano & Voice Degrees
We are a group of experienced early childhood music specialists with piano and voice degrees. In our classes, we use our expertise in all three areas to offer a holistic and developmentally appropriate experience for our children. We understand how young children learn and what makes them excited about learning music. We're fluent in both piano and voice so you'll learn to sing as well as well play the piano.
We've honed our vocal, piano, and early childhood music skills at the Juilliard School of Music, Mozarteum, and Princeton among others.
Highest Quality Curriculum
There are many early childhood music classes in the Bay Area that encourage families to enjoy music. Though we believe this is a noteworthy goal, we believe young children are capable of so much more.
In addition to singing, moving to music, playing rhythm instruments, our students learn to sing in solfege (do-re-mi), play the piano, and write music themselves so that they learn to become creators of music. Our children learn musical skills and concepts that have lasting impact on how they learn music in private lessons down the road.
Now after a decade of teaching Harmony Road, we've witnessed Harmony Road's contribution to our graduates' musical journey. Our graduates have gone onto study many different instruments successfully at New Mozart. And our most notable graduates have appeared on national TV (Nickelodeon, Bravo), local media (Palo Alto Weekly), won competitions, and scholarships.
Our student achievements aside, our biggest satisfaction comes from knowing that we helped and continue to help educate our families and the community at large that there is a better, innovative way to teach music to young children. That we don't have to tell families with 3, 4, 5, 6 year olds that they lack attention span and come back when they're older for music lessons.
Yes, 3 year olds will sometimes (or often) want to crawl under the piano instead of wanting to sit at the piano. And we know exactly what to do when they do that.
New Mozart's Harmony Road is directed by Christine Shin who has extensive training in early childhood music education theories (Dalcroze at the Juilliard School in New York, Orff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, & Kodaly at Holy Names) in addition to her classical piano & vocal background. She has been teaching music since 1989 and has served as the chair of the Palo Alto branch of the National Guild of Piano Teachers for many years. Go here to read her full bio.