What Is KiddyKeys?
"Making every child a Star!"®
KiddyKeys recognizes that every child is a star, helping each child to see the star quality in themselves and in the people around them.
|What KiddyKeys IS||What KiddyKeys IS NOT|
|KiddyKeys IS a weekly class for children age 2 1/2 to 5 who love music.||KiddyKeys is NOT a weekly one-on-one traditional music lesson.|
|KiddyKeys IS piano-focused and gives children skills that prepare them for formal music lessons should they be interested as they get older.||KiddyKeys is NOT exclusively for children who will go on to study piano. The curriculum offers a diverse range of musical knowledge and experiences: singing, dancing, rhythm instruments, coloring, storybooks, music terminology, finger plays, and even a bit of music history.|
|KiddyKeys IS a program that offers your child a chance to play at a piano keyboard each week.||KiddyKeys does NOT expect practice time at home or that you even own a piano or keyboard.|
|KiddyKeys IS aware that preschool children learn through play, and so the classes are designed to appeal to a child's natural sense of creativity and fun.||KiddyKeys is NOT going to have your four-year-old playing Mozart sonatas. However, your four-year-old will learn who Mozart is, the words to a song that spells his name, and that he gave us great musical gifts.|
|KiddyKeys IS thinking about your child as a whole and works to include important, age-appropriate life lessons (e.g., sharing, being polite, taking turns) in the classes.||KiddyKeys does NOT present information in only one form. Children learn in many different ways, and so KiddyKeys strives to incorporate activities for aural, visual, and kinesthetic learners.|
Music contributes strongly to 'school readiness.' When children develop musical skill and understanding, they are developing basic cognitive, social, and motor skills necessary for success throughout the educational process.
Excerpt from the Early Childhood Music Summit report, sponsored by Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the National Association for Music Education, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the U.S. Department of Education