Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas

May this Christmas end the present year
on a cheerful note and make way
for a fresh and bright new year.

Here at Lirico Music School, we want to wish all our students, teachers, customers and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
~~ Wishing all Malaysians a safe and happy holiday with yr loved ones ~~

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Have You Heard Of Audiation?

Audiation is the ability to "hear" music when no musical sound is present. When you audiate, you have internalized music and are "thinking" music. For example, have you ever found yourself with a song "going through your head?" That is one demonstration that you're audiating. Being able to hear music in this way is an important part of musical literacy, just as thinking thoughts without speaking them aloud is an important feat in language and thought development.

Audiation First Steps

Music learning theorist Edwin Gordon, who coined the term audiation, identifies several stages of audiation typical for very young children from birth to age two to four. They are:

"1 ABSORBTION : hears and aurally collects the sounds of music in the environment.

2 RANDOM RESPONSE : moves and babbles in response to, but without relation to, sounds of music in the environment.

3 PURPOSEFUL RESPONSE : tries to relate movement and babble to the sounds of music in the environment."

~~A Music Learning Theory for Newborn and Young Children, by Edwin Gordon, p.38.

Perhaps you've noticed some of these behaviors in your child. You can enjoy observing your baby's responses to music and knowing that his musical growth is in evidence. Being able to audiate will benefit Baby as he grows and learns. Music can help him relax, cope with feelings, celebrate, create, and express. Audiation will allow him to carry these benefits and the gift of music with him wherever he goes!

An Invitation to Audiate

Omitting parts of familiar songs is one of the simplest ways to help children begin to "fill in the blanks" and hear music internally. Eg. In the "Sarasponda" activity, as the song grows familiar, add in an audiation twist. Leave off the final "oh!" of the song; then stop completely and observe and listen to Baby to note her reactions, Allow Baby several opportunities to offer the conclusion. Regardless of her response, you can be sure that this fun activity is engaging her listening and cognitive skills.

Audiating Activities at Home

Fill your child's day with music!

Whether you're a shower time singer or a trained musician, there is much that you can do at home to support and encourage your baby's musical development.

- Sing to your baby. When Baby is distressed sing a soothing song. Baby will begin to internalize the song, and someday she may be able to think about or hum the song on her own to comfort herself when she is distressed.

- Play music often. Put Kindermusik Home Cd in to play at every opportunity. You may begin to see some of the stages of audiation as Baby becomes familiar with the songs.

- While playing with Baby, sing a familiar song and leave out a key word or sound. Pause and watch for Baby's reaction. As Baby begins to audiate and learns to react this can become a fun game and the source of lots of giggles!

- While riding in the car, participate in family sing-alongs. Perhaps the adults can leave out some words that the children can fill in. Baby will want to be part of the fun, too! 

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Monday, 21 November 2011

Kindermusik Offers Unique Learning For Young Children

Kindermusik at Lirico Music School announces the launch of its year-end semester classes of Kindermusik, the world's leading music and movement program for children from birth to seven years of age.

(Press Release) November 16, 2011 - Kindermusik fosters the total development of young children through a combination of music and movement. Parents with newborns, toddlers, and 4 through 7-year-old children can participate in Kindermusik activities -- jingling bells, pounding drums, floating scarves, "hooting" owl sounds and little feet moving in time go music -- for a valuable learning experience for both the child and the parent or caregiver.

Kindermusik at Lirico Music School offers a complete development program where both children and parents learn through music and movement. Lirico Music School, the leading Ipoh Music School established in 1997 in Malaysia is owned by Eliz Kuek who also has been a licensed Kindermusik Educator since 2002.

Eliz strongly believes that each Kindermusik class is a world of discovery and adventure. "In every class, you'll witness your child's developmental evolution in language skills, literacy, listening, problem solving, social skills, self-esteem, and musicality. And it happens within a nurturing environment-full of energy, imagination, music, dancing, and playful delight," explains Eliz. "By adding new concepts and challenges along the way, each age-appropriate programme acts as a stepping stone to the next-paving the way to a musical journey that can last seven magnificent, musical years."

Classes being offered this session are Kindermusik Village, newborns to 11/2 years; Kindermusik Our Time, 18 months to 3 years; Kindermusik Imagine That!, 3 to 5 years; and Kindermusik Young Child, 5 to 7 years old. All classes are 15 week sessions except for the Village class, which is eight weeks.

Classes meet at Lirico Music School, 21 & 21A, Jalan Sri Ampang 1, Taman Seri Ampang, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.  Contact : 605 - 313 7395 / 6012 - 353 7395 


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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Issues & Insights Regarding Your Baby ~ Nov' 2011

Babies and Music

"Musical awareness is observable very early in life. [Howard Gardner, educational theorist who developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences] states that it emerges the earliest of all the different kinds of intelligence. The Papouseks, highly respected developmental researchers from West Germany, report that infants as young as two months can match the pitch, intensity, and melodic contour of the mother's songs, and at four months infants can match the rhythmic structures as well. These researchers feel that infants are even more predisposed to these aspects of music than to speech (Papousek, 1982)."

---"Theories of Child Development and Musical Ability," by Sally Rogers from Music and Child Development, ed. Franz L. Roehmann and Frank R. Wilson, pp. 2-3.

Your Baby's Musical Life

You may have already noticed that your baby is listening attentively to music. He may react to different types of music in different ways. He may become alert, move excitedly, relax, or even doze off depending on the nature of the music. By filling the spaces of Baby's day with music we are teaching him the many roles that music can play throughout his life. Music can help him relax, cope with feelings, celebrate, create, and express beyond verbal capabilities.

Musical Variety in Kindermusik Village
( newborn to 18mths )

Kindermusik Village introduces a great variety of music, representing diverse cultures, styles, and tonalities, as well as varied instrumentation and voice types. Cock-a-doodle-MOO! features Cantonese Lullaby, a soothing, traditional Chinese song; Hey Diddle Diddle, a simple, traditional English rhyme and song; Ritsch, Ratsch, a lively Swedish folk song, and Armenian Lullaby, a relaxing song in the minor mode. Not only will your baby enjoy reacting to these different styles of music emotionally and physically, but intellectually it is important that your baby experience this music. We tend to appreciate and enjoy listening to music that is familiar. By exposing your baby to a broad selection of music at an early age, you will help him have a rich "repertoire" of familiar sounds and styles that will make more music accessilbe and interesting to him throughout his life.

Music at Home

Allegro! Andante! Adagio...
Choose your favorite tempi for you and Baby. Pick a song from Kindermusik Home CD and sing it to baby slowly and then quickly. See if you can tell from Baby's response which tempo he prefers. Which do you prefer?

Play a track from your Kindermusik Home CD and dance with Baby using fast, pointed movements. Then play another track and slow dance with her. Try continuous, sweeping motions.

What Time Is It?
Play different types of music for different times of the day. Perhaps you could play a track when it is time for a nap, and play another track when it is time for active play.

A Musical Treasure Hunt
Explore everyday objects with Baby to see what sounds they make when you strike them with a spoon or shake them. Does there seem to be an object or sound that Baby is particularly interested in or finds humorous? Did you find something that you never expected to be musical?

"Children must receive musical instruction as naturally as food and withas much pleasure as they derive from a ball game... and this must happen from the beginning of their lives."
---Leonard Bernstein

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Selamat Hari Raya Haji

^^ Here at Lirico Music School, we want to wish all our Muslim students, customers and friends Selamat Hari Raya Haji ^^

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

What Makes A Child SCHooL-ReADy?

MUSIC and ....... Social - Emotional Skills
by : Molis Dumbleton, MA, M.A and Heidi Gilman Bennett

Every elementary school teacher knows (and child development experts confirm) that "school-readiness" involves more than just knowing your ABCs. Just as essential to accademic success is a set of skills that enables children to recognize and manage their emotions, build positive relationships, and control their impulse and behavior sufficiently to get along in a group of children and take advantage of group instruction. These skills, collectively, are called social-emotional skills.
Studies point to a specific cluster of social-emotional skills ---- called self-regulation skills ---- as particularly important for a variety of school successes. Children who display strong self-regulation are better able to control their impulses, pay attention, work flexibly toward goals, and show an ability to plan and organize their actions. A self-regulated child, for example, will be able to wait his or her turn in line without frustration, will resist blurting out answers when other children have been asked a question, and might even be obeserved suggesting fair solutions to a play-ground problem.

But . . . . . . . won't children just learn these skills when they get older? Or do we actually need to devote time specifically to developing children's social-emotional skills? Well, actually . . . . . . .  no and no.

Kindermusik-style Activities

Try these Kindermusik-style activities that promote social-emotional skill development :
  • Create a game out of stopping. It takes a lot of self-regulation for a young child to stop what he or she is doing. Try a follow-the-leader game that goes something like this (you be the "caller" --- your child will have to listen to you for cues) : Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop,hop aaaaaand STOP. (Pause for a couple seconds.) Cow wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, aaaaaand STOP. (You get the idea. Boy is it hard to stop! But boy, is it good practice.)

  •  Pass an instrument around the dinner table, giving each person a turn to play it.

  • If you can gather a couple friends, try a circle dance. Choreograph movements that require children to cooperate, move in sync with a group and/or partners, and listen to and follow oral instrution.

  • Next time it's clean-up time at your house, make up a clean-up song. Then use your clean-up song any time you want to stop an activity and shift your child into clean-up time at your house, make up a clean-up song. Then use your clean-up song any time you want to stop an activity and shift your child into clean-up mode. Using music as an indicator of routines and transitions is remarkably effective. And who knew "self-regulation" could be fun? 

Early childhood is the time to infuse social-emotional skills into a child's learning, not when school begins. Children  who begin school already able to interact positively with others are statistically already at a great advantage.
But social-emotional skills don't need their own "class time". This kind of learning can and should be woven organically into the other experiences and content-learning children are engaging in.

So . . . . . . . wanna know something neat?

Music and music instruction have been revealed as natural means for promoting self-regulation. Studies have linked participation in music lessons with significant increases in attention and perseverance. In fact, one study measured three- and four-year-old children enrolled in Kindermusik against those not enrolled in Kindermusik. The Kindermusik children performed consistently higher on four separate age-appropriate tasks designed specifically to measure self-regulation skills.

For years, parents have indicated that one of their top reasons for attending Kindermusik classes with their children is the social aspect of the gathering. At last (and, it seems, as always?), science has caught up with parents' intuition. The benefits of gathering with other children for Kindermusik instruction enabling this set of essential school-readiness skills to develop and thrive --- is perhaps even greater than we knew.

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Saturday, 8 October 2011

New Semester of Kindermusik Village is starting soon … Enroll Now !!!

The Kindermusik Village Class (for newborn babies to 18 months) provides a delightful environment unlike any other. Through a unique blend of multi-level activities that include creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration, and a colorful literature component, baby's growth and development are stimulated and all senses engaged.

Kindermusik Village is for lap babies, crawlers, and walkers. It incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement.

~~ starting on 10th October ( Monday 7.15pm - 8.00pm )

Theme of the new semester ~~ Zoom Buggy

Babies love to zoom around - in a stroller or a wagon, and eventually through playing with cars and toy rocketships. This semester celebrates all the fun vehicles on a scale just right for babies. All those airplane sounds you make with a spoon during feeding time actually helps your baby learn language. You'll learn how sounds like this can develop physical, social, cognitive, and emotional skills as well.

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