Music in the Home
Before your child will be ready to take piano lessons or join the church choir, he needs a certain amount of early music education. Just as you teach your child her ABC’s before she learns to read, and teach him to count before he learns to add, there are some basic music skills, which must be taught before a child is ready for formal music instruction.
If your home environment is already rich in music – great! We will help you use current research in early music education to maximize the benefit for your child. If you are not confident musically, don’t worry: we will help you get started.
DIFFERENT FAMILIES, DIFFERENT NEEDS
Each family will approach the Making Music Praying Twice music curriculum differently and with unique abilities and skill sets. If you are an accomplished musician, you will certainly have an advantage in creating the best environment in which your child can learn. If you love music and can sing and move to a beat comfortably, that is all you really need to help your child prepare for future formal instruction. If you feel that you have no musical ability, chances are you did not have a strong musical environment in your early years, and we will help you break the cycle of “nonmusical homes”.
THE CHILD, THE BRAIN, and MUSIC
The bottom line is: If your child is to sing, dance, or play an instrument well in the future, his God-given talent will be limited if not nourished from the earliest age. If your child decides, at age 10, to pursue dance or music seriously, your decision to teach music now could be the deciding factor in her success. This statement is scientifically based on statistical data showing the success of children participating in Early Childhood Music Education Programs, case study analysis of homes with varying levels of music in the environment, and in brain research and development theory.
Experience has proven that early childhood music education programs really work. The brain of a child under the age of three is, in the words of brain researchers, “plastic”, or moldable. This is because the human brain does much of its growth after birth, in its environment. The brain’s synapses actually grow to meet the demands placed upon it. Different environmental demands grow specific and unique brain synapses.
To create the new synapses necessary to achieve natural musical ability, the brain must be exposed to music while it is growing. The rate of brain growth declines with age and so does the opportunity to “hardwire” the brain for optimum music aptitude. Early music education programs carefully control the environment to encourage the growth of the brain musically. Research and statistics have shown that children in early music education programs reach musical milestones up to five years faster than their counterparts, and are more likely to continue with formal music training later in life.
Making Music Praying Twice is unique in that it is “faith inclusive” for the Catholic child. We recognize faith as an important and, in fact, central aspect of life. If a child participates in a music program designed to reach the elements of her daily life, the music of her faith must be addressed.
Some of the most beautiful music in the world has been written for the Lord. God is the source of all beauty and knowing Him naturally enhances our appreciation of beauty. Faith truly enhances the music experience.
Likewise, our Church history, countless scripture references, and innumerable individuals can attest to the fact that music can enhance a faith experience. MMPT is not a religion class, but like other programs, aims to present the music of a child’s culture in ways that impact her daily life. Unless faith is recognized as a part of a child’s culture and a part of a child’s daily life, the music program will fall short of it’s goal. By presenting music from a faith perspective, your child’s mind and body, as well as his soul, are respected and educated.
WHY AT HOME?
Attending a class or program is not realistic for all families. Time, location, cost, and the homeschooling of older children impede many families. More importantly, many classes do not include songs of faith, excluding a large segment of music which is spiritually and culturally significant to our children.
Parents are by God’s design the first and best educators of children. The Making Music Praying Twice program is designed specifically for the domestic Church, our homes. The Family Edition gives your family the tools to make music at home and gives you the tools to be a music educator to your children.