This age-appropriate program is carefully geared and paced to the abilities and learning styles for each age group. Each level includes listening activities for developing melodic and rhythmic dictation, chord quality identification, dynamics and articulations.
MYC provides the structure for music learning to take place while allowing children the freedom to think. Their learning styles and needs are met through a multi-sensory approach using visual, auditory, kinesthetic, auditory digital, and analytical learning styles.
The keyboard geography begins in a D-centered approach and reading skills are developed through careful, incremental introduction of note reading with constant review.
Students meet in small groups once a week for an hour and are accompanied by an adult (parent, grandparent or caregiver) who participates in the program. The program lasts from three to five years, depending on the age of the child, with each year consisting of thirty six lessons. Final year keyboard includes playing grade one conservatory or late-elementary standard piano repertoire and folk songs.
Children are empowered to set goals in their music learning while experiencing a playful, positive environment.
… students learn the core elements of music as well as core elements of English. Through singing they will learn the basic melodic concepts of tempo, dynamics, high-middle-low, patterns and the ability to hear a pitch and sing it back. In song and games, they will learn their English ABCs, colors, shapes and words to many everyday objects. Each lesson teaches your child their numbers and counting in English by playing various rhythm instruments as well as building a strong understanding of beat and core rhythm elements. This course is an excellent jump start to understanding essential musical elements before they develop the finger strength to begin playing an instrument.
… students begin by learning keyboard geography using pre-staff notation and keyboard critters. By the end of the first year, Sunshines are playing in C major and middle C positions and are reading from the staff.
… students begin with keyboard geography using pre-staff notation and then quickly move along to the grand staff to play songs and scales in C major, G major, and A minor. Because vocabulary development is the forte in this age group , the program is rich with songs and games.
… students want “quick results” and the songs, ensembles and keyboard repertoire are designed to support their growing sense of independence. Students begin with keyboard geography, note reading in the treble and bass clef, and by the end of the year they are playings songs and scales in C, G, D, F major and A and E minor.
Sunrise 1 (2.5 – 3.5 years old)
Saturday 10:30 – 11:15 – Site B Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Saturday 3:15 – 4:00 – Site B Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Sunday 10:15 – 11:00 – Site B Location w/Ms. Sheryl – FULL
Sunshine 1 (3.5 – 4.5 years old)
Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 – Vancouver Location w/Ms. Marika – Oct. 14th Open House
Saturday 11:20 – 12:20 – Site B Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Saturday 11:50 – 12:50 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Leora – FULL
Saturday 1:15 – 2:15 – Site B Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Saturday 5:05 – 6:05 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Leora – FULL
Sunday 9:15 – 10:15 – Site B Location w/Ms. Sheryl – FULL
Sunday 11:35 – 12:35 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Sunday 12:00 – 1:00 – Site B Location w/Ms. Sheryl – FULL
Sunday 3:15 – 4:15 – Site B Location w/Ms. Sheryl – FULL
Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Leora – FULL
Saturday 9:30 – 10:30 – Site B Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Sunday 9:30 – 10:30 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Sunday 1:00 – 2:00 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Sunday 1:00 – 2:00 – Site B Location w/Ms. Sheryl – FULL
Sunday 3:10 – 4:10 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Sunbeam 1 (4.5 – 5.5 years old)
Wednesday 6:00 – 7:00 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Leora – FULL
Saturday 12:55 – 1:55 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Leora – FULL
Saturday 11:30 – 12:30 – Vancouver Location w/Ms. Marika – Oct. 14th Open House
Saturday 2:15 – 3:15 – Site B Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Sunday 2:00 – 3:00 – Site B Location w/Ms. Sheryl – FULL
Sunday 2:05 – 3:05 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Leora – FULL
Saturday 9:30 – 10:30 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Leora – FULL
Sunday 10:35 – 11:35 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Sunday 4:15 – 5:15 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
Saturday 10:35 – 11:35 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Leora – FULL
Saturday 2:55 – 4:05 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Leora – FULL
Sunday 5:20 – 6:20 – Aberdeen Location w/Ms. Wintin – FULL
With over ten years of teaching children’s movement and music classes, Leora is thrilled to be teaching Music for Young Children at Showcase Piano Academy. She uses the intrinsic power of music to cultivate in her students their intellect, self-discipline, emotions and self-motivation. A musical community is created in the classroom where all can learn from one another and contribute to the greater good.
Having recently returned from teaching with the award winning Music House for Children in London, UK, Leora has over twenty years of professional music performance experience including numerous productions with Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre. She is an accomplished graduate of Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan jazz program, has released four critically acclaimed CDs and has performed throughout North America and Europe.
Leora is an extraordinary music teacher of young children and has found a way to impart her own musicianship with those that study with her. Her goal is to goal is to empower each child to courageously share their musical ideas and songs, experience the joy of music making, and happily play the piano every day.
Chen’s devotion in music education has inspired countless students over 25 years. Wintin holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Music and Dance Pedagogy from The Carl Orff-Institute at Mozarteum University (Salzburg, Austria).
She received a Master’s of Music degree from University of Memphis (Tennessee, USA); and completed her B.Ed. degree (early childhood education) from National Taiwan Normal University.
In group music lessons, Wintin facilitates young children’s musical learning through playful games. Children’s development of musical skill, appreciation and creativity is best in a natural and joyful environment. The natural rhythms children create in the Music for Young Children curriculum rhymes, chants and games will prepare them for learning any musical instrument, even for RCM examinations.
In past years, Wintin has conducted Christmas Carols with S.F.U. Children’s Choir and organized Young Children Musical Flash Mobs at Simon Fraser University. These fun and joyful group music activities encourage young children’s self-confidence and creativity. She speaks fluent English and Mandarin Chinese.
A harpist, dancer, and teacher, Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Music Together® and Music for Young Children® teacher. She has studied the harp under the tutelage of Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, Heidi Krutzen, and Lani Krantz. As an orchestral harpist, Sheryl has played with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, and the Surrey Youth Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, she has performed in master classes by world-class harpists including Milda Agazarian, Skaila Kanga, Natalia Shamayeva, Willy Postma, Ann Yeung, Cristina Braga, and Judy Loman.
Sheryl explores the deep connection between music and movement and complements her music-making with her work as an active dancer and ballet teacher. She is a graduate of the Goh Ballet Academy and a DANCEPL3Y Kids Instructor. Sheryl believes that early childhood exposure to music can cultivate a lifelong love and joy for it, and that making music together can enrich family life. Sheryl strives to express her passion for music and the arts to inspire young minds by providing quality education in a fun, caring, and attentive learning environment. Sheryl is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Kaori Kondo is thrilled to be teaching MYC at Showcase Academy. Having started studying piano in group music lesson herself at age 4, she is certain that MYC is the most fun and effective way to build the foundation for music education. She won Hunstville Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competiton at age 14. Because of the solid music foundation, she excelled in band classes and choir in school, and later on expanded her interests to jazz vocal and salsa dancing. Most importantly, she is happy that music enriched her life in many ways.
She is a licensed Early Childhood Educator and she makes sure children can learn music in fun and safe environment. Music is a gift that lasts a lifetime, and she hopes her students receive this precious gift.
Kaori is fluent in English and Japanese.
Marika is an early childhood educator by heart and by trade. With over 25 years experience as a teacher (she holds an MA in music education and pedagogy), she focuses mostly on music education for preschoolers. Certified with ECE, Montessori, Carl Orff, MYC and Mother Goose training, she implements all her knowledge into positive, creative and child – oriented music lessons with fun and joy in mind. When Marika is not educating children, she sings with Pandora’s Vox choir, dances with Slavik, Slovak Folklore Society or performs puppet shows for children with Creative Cart.
Aberdeen Centre, Unit 3480 – 4151 Hazelbridge Way (Showcase Academy Administrative Office & Classes)
Unit 120 – 6751 Westminster Hwy (Kumon Learning Centre & Showcase Academy Classes)
1224 West Broadway (Showcase Pianos showroom)