MYC program

 A well-rounded music curriculum, including keyboard, singing, note-reading, ear-training, sight-reading, composition, rhythm, theory and music history

• warm, challenging, encouraging and fun group environment

• child-friendly activities in an “up-down” format

• small classes - maximum of 6 children

• parents are included in the class, so vital concepts can be reinforced at home

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Goals  of ‘Sunshine 1’

  • Create a positive, happy habit of learning music

  • Develop the child’s listening skills

  • Master the music alphabet from A to G

  • Recognize and reproduce on the keyboard high, middle, and low sounds.

  • Play patterns on the keyboard by ear

  • Read line and space notes

  • Echo sign different patterns using doh to lah

  • Use time signature

  • Learn the level of sound using dynamics

  • Play in a recital, either solo or with the class

 

Course length: 36 weeks

Goals  of ‘Sunshine 2’

  • Review and continuing development of: keyboard geography and rhythm through MYC’s unique keyboard “critters”,

  • Identify and use of dynamics and listening to a rhythm pattern and writing it

  • Expanded note reading in treble clef and bass clef

  • Develop coordination of LH and RH playing

  • Practice Scale playing with harmonizing bridge chords in C Major, a minor and G Major

  • Identify  melodic patterns

  • Introduce the concepts of staccato  and legato  touches

  • Get to know different famous composers

Course length: 10 weeks for each block. 3 blocks in total

Children in Sunshine class  build their foundation in music reading and playing the piano.  Students experience movement through beats and rhythms, as well as developing their fine motor skills with rhythm instrument ensemble playing

The learning goals of each level are:

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Goals  of ‘Sunrise’

  • Keep a steady beat,

  • Imitate simple rhythm pattern

  • Sign in tune

  • Work on elementary listening skills

  • Recognize basic patterns

  • Understand some basic music vocabulary

Course length: 10 weeks for each block. 3 blocks in total

Children in Sunrise class learn to make choices and their listening skills are developed by question-and-answer songs, listen for instruction, rhythm stories and as they progress, inner hearing activities.

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Goal of ‘Sunbeams 1’

  • Identify and develop of keys and rhythm through MYC’s unique keyboard ‘critters’

  • off-the-staff reading for contour and patterns

  • steady beat experiences

  • on-the-staff  reading in treble clef and bass clef

  • Grand staff reading (treble and bass clef)

  • Listen to identify and use dynamics

  • listen to a rhythm pattern and write it using rhythm writing tools.

  • Develop coordination of LH and RH

  • Practice scale playing with harmonizing bridge chords in C major, a minor and G major.

Goal of ‘Sunbeams 2’

  • Study of seven different keys with key signatures.

  • Two note bridge chords grow to three note full chords.

  • Develop coordination of left hand and right hand in playing broken chords with a melody.

  • Develop coordination in hand-over-hand (crossing over) pieces.

  • Grand staff reading expands to include notes from low G in bass clef to high G in treble clef.

  • Explore Staccato (detached) and legato (smooth) touches .

  • Get to know Harmonization (adding chords to a melody) and transposition (moving from one key to another)

  • Continued listening to identify and use dynamics (loud and quiet sounds), rhythm patterns and accompaniment styles.

Goal of ‘Sunbeams 3’

  • Study of minimum of eight keys

  • Continued study of scales harmonized with primary chords and practice of accompaniment patterns including broken chords and playing rhythmic patterns

  • Study of three forms of the minor scale: natural, harmonic, and melodic.

  • Study of inversions of triads

  • Study of cadences. (A cadence is a progression of chords.)

  • Expanded studies of: note names to include ledger lines and articulation with an introduction to accents.

  • Continued practice of: harmonization and transposition, composition and arranging, listening for dynamics, meter, articulation, form, and accompaniment styles.

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Goal of ‘Moonbeams 1’

  • pattern reading

  • scale playing with harmonizing chords in 6 keys

  • keyboard repertoire with plentiful supplementary pieces for holidays and extra challenges

  • rhythm and keyboard ensemble experiences

  • harmonization and composition experiences

  • transposing within 5 finger patterns

  • understanding and utilizing legato and staccato touches

Goal of ‘Moonbeams 2’

  • Study of minimum of eight keys

  • Practice of accompaniment patterns including broken chords and playing rhythmic patterns.

  • Study of three forms of the minor scale: natural, harmonic, and melodic.

  • Study of inversions of triads

  • Study of cadences.

  • Study of 6/8 time signature.

  • Expanded study of: note names to include ledger lines and articulation with an introduction to accents.

  • Continued practice in: harmonization and transposition, composition and arranging.

  • Continued listening for dynamics, meter, articulation, form, and accompaniment styles

Goal of ‘Moonbeams 3’

  • The final level in MYC  When MYC was written, it was with the intent to integrate and prepare our students to take their first piano exam and theory exam at the end of their MB3 year. 

  • Students have now gained so much knowledge, understanding and appreciation of music and piano playing that they are able to manipulate.

  • Pull-from and engage all the learning they have received throughout their journey in their MYC classes, whether it is through theory, composition, and/or the musically shown (and heard) through their playing..