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Preschool Programs

Your kid will learn music the same way he learned to speak


Do your remember your kid’s first words? You will never forget that moment.

Your child heard you speaking everyday and tried to imitate you.

The first word was not even a word but a sound. And then the sounds became words.

Guess what, that is exactly how we should learn music.

That’s why at MMQ Piano Studio we have created two different programs adapted to the kid's development stages. This will ensure the best progression towards piano lessons at 5 years old.

Both programs are based on E. Gordon’s Musich Learning Theory. His theory focuses on learning music the same way we learn to speak.

The process works the same when we learn music than when we learn to speak:

  1. Listen to the music.
  2. Feel and move to the beat.
  3. Imitate the patterns (first verbally, then at the piano).
  4. Eventually, learn to read music.

And in this process your child will have oh, so much fun!

First Steps in Music

From 1 to 3 years old
Up to 5 kids per group
£55/month per kid
Parents/caregivers must take part in the activities.

First Steps in Music is not a simple play group where children sing, dance, jump and play instruments. It’s a preparation towards the next step in their musical development: Keyboard Exploration.

Our goal is to develop the kids’ musical intelligence from the very early stages in life.

What happens in the lessons?

  • The teacher will help the parent to communicate through music with the child. Parents will learn a repertoire of songs that can be used every day at home.

  • The selected songs have a huge variety of rhythms, tonalities, modes and melodies. This helps to develop their full musical potential.

  • We only use the body and voice. Parents’ silence and attention are essential to creating the environment needed. We don’t use recorded music.

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  • After each song, there will be silence moments where the kids will imitate some of the sounds they have heard. This is called audiation. Audiation is the moment where they are developing inner listening and musical understanding.

  • Kids give musical answers according to their own musical development. The teacher uses those answers to communicate musically with the child; then helps the child to give more accurate responses.

  • Each child is stimulated according to their musical development stage. Lessons are in groups but adapted individually at the same time.

  • Kids can continue with the next stage of the program when they reach 4: Keyboard Exploration.

Keyboard Exploration

4 years old, Reception
Shared lessons, 2 kids/lesson*
£70/month per kid*
We recommend for parents/caregivers to be present in the lessons.
As observer, your role is to take notes to help your kid at home.

*subject to finding another available kid at the same slot
*£109/month for individual until we find a partner for shared

What happens in the lessons?

Lessons are divided into Activity Time and Keyboard Time.

Activity Time

This part of the lesson focuses on:

  • Developing a consistent coordinated movement to the beat. Movement is rhythm. When students can move to the beat, they can transfer it later to the piano and can play rhythmically.

  • Coordinating breath before singing and before playing later on. Developing body awareness that will help to a healthy technique.

  • Developing audiation activities (ability to hear music in the head, thinking music).

  • Developing a vocabulary of rhythm and tonal patterns. (Patterns are to music what words are for language.)

Keyboard Time

This part provides informal guidance for exploring the keyboard.

Children make music at the keyboard by improvising, exploring sounds and playing short pieces, moving to the piano what they have learnt during Activity Time.

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At the end of the program, your kid will have learnt:

  • How to modify music parameters (speed, dynamics, registers, texture).
  • All the key names.
  • Finger numbers.
  • Italian terms and symbols.
  • Note values.
  • An introduction to note reading and the staff.

What's next?

After our preschool program children have strong foundations for a solid start in piano lessons. Once students reach around 5yo they are ready to formal Piano Instruction.

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