Music Mind Games
Want to boost your child's music theory and reading comprehension? Want them to have fun while doing it? Try Music Mind Games!
WHAT IS MUSIC MIND GAMES?
Music Mind Games is a method developed by local Suzuki Piano Teacher, Michiko Yurko, to help make music theory and note reading more accessible to students through games.
WHAT WILL MY CHILD GAIN FROM THIS CLASS?
Students taking this class will gain more confidence with notes, rhythms, and sight-reading and will become more familiar with musical symbols and terms. They will learn to apply this information to their own instruments (if applicable) and gain greater independence. More advanced students will gain in-depth understanding of music theory and enhance their creative use of the knowledge. All students will build mathematical and problem-solving skills which will be applicable to their other areas of study.
HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BE TO ATTEND?
The method is flexible and can be adjusted to suit any student age 4 and above. Students of all ages, including adults, can benefit from Music Mind Games.
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO HAVE ANY PRIOR MUSICAL TRAINING?
No. Music Mind Games can be enjoyed by any child regardless of musical background or training - in fact, it is a great way to provide children with a fun and comprehensive introduction to music.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS ALREADY LEARNED THEORY AND NOTE READING?
Music Mind Games can be adjusted to any level of learning - the method covers everything from the very most basic foundational material to in-depth theory study. Students who already have a background in these things can still expand their knowledge and participate in new applications of they already know - AND THEY CAN HAVE FUN DOING IT!!!
WHERE AND WHEN WILL THE CLASS TAKE PLACE?
Classes will take place on Tuesday evenings at the Academy of Fine Arts, six weeks out of the eight summer semester weeks. There will be three to four class periods, based on age and level, beginning at 5:00pm.
WHAT IF MY CHILD NEEDS TO MISS A CLASS?
The games used by this method are all about problem solving, reinforcement of knowledge through repetition, and creative application. While some of the games do build on themselves, missing a class will not cause a student to fall behind.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE ANY MATERIALS FOR THIS CLASS?
Students who enroll in this class will be using my own (the teacher's) materials in class. You do not need to purchase anything to enroll. There are many materials available for purchase, and families often choose to do so when they see how much the children enjoy them.
ARE NON-ACADEMY MEMBERS WELCOME TO JOIN THE CLASS?
Yes, this class is open to all students, including siblings and friends who are not enrolled in other Academy classes. We encourage you to invite friends, siblings, and other music enthusiasts!
This course will be administered by Leslie Smile, head of the Suzuki Violin Program at the Academy of Fine Arts
B.M. in Violin Performance, The Ohio State University; M.M. in Suzuki Pedagogy with Suzuki Teacher Trainer Ronda Cole, The University of Maryland; Sectionals coach at BBC High School; Administrative Assistant/Suzuki Violin Instructor, University of Maryland Suzuki Violin Program; The Academy of Fine Arts Suzuki Coordinator/ Violin Instructor; Animato Suzuki Violin Program Co-Administrator & Teacher; Music Kids, LLC Violin Instructor at Henson Valley Montessori School, Highland Park Christian Academy, St. Mary's of Piscataway, Evergreen Montessori School, and The Harbor School; Band Member of Folk Trio Kensington Depot; Trained in Music Mind Games, Parent Effectiveness Training (PET), and Every Child Can (ECC)
5:00p-5:30p - YOUNG BEGINNERS
5:30p-6:15p - INTERMEDIATE
6:15p-7:00p - EXPERIENCED