Piano Camp Where The Goal Is Fun!
Take the angst away please!
Wouldn't we all love to think of learning as fun. Well, at Houston Piano Company's School of Music that's exactly the goal. They subscribe to the concept that everyone should make music regardless of abilities, skills, and talents. Music provides joy.
Learn to play a musical instrument because it also provides life-long skills as well. Give the gift of music this summer – “Way Cool!” Piano Summer Camp provided by Houston Piano Company's School of Music.
Billy Joel says music is for everybody...
"Recreational Music Making encompasses enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling music-based activities that unite people of all ages regardless of their challenges, backgrounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience. I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music." -Billy Joel
Is there any doubt this fellow is loving the sound of music?
A child moves and dances to the music, and we all smile with joy! Everyone loves music, and the human body was made to move. Put those two things together and you have dance.
So elemental is the movement to the sound of music that we don't often think that's it's essential for your child's success in life. Can Sesame Street and Big Bird have that much influence? Yes, indeed. Good Head Start programs all over the country use music-based instruction wherever possible. Remember the “Itsy, Bitsy, Spider?” Have you watch a group of three-year-olds turned loose to dance to their favorite CD? It's amazing how uninhibited movement looks at that level! Just think of the many things that the love of music can teach!
Coordination develops with learning to move to music. Learning rhythm helps a child balance the elements of his body in sync with sounds. On so many levels this type of rhythmic interaction teaches the child. There is an element of anticipation, learning how music moves through a song, where the crescendo is and anticipate it's coming through movement. Rhythmic movement teaches more things than can be counted and certainly more things than can be measured. No I.Q. test can measure the type of learning that learning to play a musical instrument and learning to move to music can engender.
So summer piano camp can be FUN as well as teach some of life's most precious lessons – while helping to create a love of music, movement, and rhythm!
By Deb Adams, M.Ed.
Deb Adams has a Master of Education and is a writer for the Houston Piano Company.