Music Pups® – for infants up through 4 year-olds, each with a parent or caregiver.
Fun filled classes of singing, dancing, movement and instrument play. Parents learn how to enrich their child’s music environment, increase music potential and understand music development.
At this month’s mini-mixer, we will be trying out a Music Pups class with our little ones. Older siblings are welcome to attend. Must register here to attend: http://modernmama.com/spruce-grove/event/mini-mixer-music-pups-2/?instance_id=5920
Music for Young Children
In March of 1980, Frances Balodis sat at her kitchen table in Dartmouth Nova Scotia with a clear goal in mind: To create a program that would fulfill the need for quality music education for young children.
Taking the experience from her education and 21 years of teaching, Frances along with her husband Gunars, set out to create a comprehensive music education program tailored to the strengths and abilities of young children.
Today, MYC has more than 24000 students annually, 900 teachers and is taught on 3 continents. Over time the curriculum has been refined, reviewed and mastered to ensure that it is consistent and current with conservatories and the music industry. Frances and Gunars have since retired and sold the business to their daughter, Olivia Riddell, who along with her husband David, continue to take MYC into the future.
Through it all, the core principles and dream has remained the same: Music is a gift that lasts a lifetime, and that all children and families deserve quality music education.
Cheryl Dirks is a MYC licenced instructor. She loves teaching MYC because it echoes her personal belief that music education should be first and foremost, FUN! She has a heart for children and a passion for music. Her education and music experience and background include:
Bachelor of Arts (Music Major)
· Bachelor of Education (Elementary Generalist)
· Grade 10 piano & theory, Royal Conservatory of Music
· over 20 years of private piano teaching experience
· 15 years of Music for Young Children® teaching experience
· 3 years elementary classroom experience
· 5 years experience as a Pastor of Children’s Ministry
· Level 1 Orff training, choral, conducting, and drama experience