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JOIN THE REVOLUTION

1 Hour A Day

of Music Listening

to Unlock Your Child's Musical Potential

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Dear Parents,

 

When you sign up your child for music lessons, you hope for more than just learning to play an instrument. You envision them developing a deep appreciation for music, understanding its nuances, and, perhaps most importantly, cultivating a lifelong love for music.

 

However, there's a crucial element often missing at home—
A Musical Environment.

 

Learning Music is Like Learning a Language: Just as with any language, consider how we learn English in a non-English speaking country compared to immersing ourselves in the language in a place like Australia. The environment is crucial. A rich musical environment at home can significantly influence how smoothly and joyfully your child progresses, not just how hard they practice or how the lessons are taught. We've found a common thread among musically talented students: they all actively listen to music frequently!

 

Recognition—The Key to Musical Enthusiasm: Do you remember the smile that lights up your child's face when "Baby Shark" or "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" begins to play? That joy comes from recognition — the comfort of the familiar. Now imagine that same bright smile when they recognize a piece played in their music lessons. The more music they know, the more likely they feel connected and excited about learning new pieces. Unfortunately, if they're only familiar with a few songs, everything else seems foreign and less engaging. By broadening their musical horizons at home, we can turn each lesson into an opportunity for that joyful recognition, motivating them to dive deeper into their musical studies.

Rhythm Struggles: A lot of students have a tough time with rhythm. Even with regular practice, they might only get better at the piece they're working on, not necessarily building the rhythm skills they need for other music. This often happens because there isn't enough daily music in their lives. Just like soaking up a language, soaking up music every day at home can really help make sense of those tricky rhythms.

 

Beyond Playing Notes: Have you ever noticed how some musicians bring any piece to life, regardless of its difficulty? That's musicality. It's not just about hitting the right notes; it's about feeling and understanding the music. Sadly, some students are technically proficient but musically disconnected after years of lessons. They play without passion or a deep understanding of the music's emotional or historical context.

Cultivating a Genuine Passion: It's disheartening to see students lose interest or quit because they never truly connected with the music they were playing. We want our students to learn pieces because they love the sound of it, not just because they're on an exam syllabus.

Why is it Essential?

What can you do ?

Create a musical environment at home for your child, 1 hour a day of music listening. 

  • Explore Musical Diversity: Delve into various musical genres and historical eras together. Jazz, Tango, musical theatre, movie scores, opera, and more await your discovery.

  • Interactive Listening: Enhance the experience by clapping, singing, and dancing together. Discuss what stands out in the music — what emotions it stirs and what parts they enjoy the most.

  • Active Engagement: Always listen to the pieces they're currently learning. Compare different performers' interpretations of the same piece to see how style and approach can change a piece.

  • Live Music Experiences: Whenever possible, take your musical journey to the next level by attending live concerts. Experience the unmatched thrill of live performances.

  • Deeper Connection: This journey is about more than just learning notes and rhythms; it’s about connecting, understanding, and truly enjoying music on a deeper level. It’s also an excellent way to strengthen your bond through the universal language of music.

  • Transformative Impact: Daily music listening can dramatically enhance musical understanding and enjoyment. Since instrument teachers only see students once a week for a 30-minute session, they cannot provide the continual musical environment necessary for this level of immersion.

1 Hour a Day Diagra

Integrated Listening Guide

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“1 hour a day sounds like a big commitment, we are busy.”

 

15mins - Breakfast

15mins - Way to school

15mins - Way back home

15mins - Rest/Bath/Sleep/Reading/Lego/Playtime

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“I don't know what to listen to.”

  • Start with Familiar Pieces: the pieces are currently learning by different performers or rearrangement in different styles. 

  • Explore Curated Playlists by us on Spotify: start from the most famous classical pieces, including fun trivia quiz. 

  • Discover New Music: Search for example 'Happy Classical Morning' on Spotify to find the perfect playlist for any occasions, more guides.

FREE Resources

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“I don't know which concert I should go to.”

Our concert recommendations are tailored to match various understanding levels and ages. We've included YouTube links for each piece of music featured in the program so you can hear it before attending. 

Concerts Recommendations

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“The concerts are too expensive, and we don’t know the music.”

 

Stay tuned for our GATEWAY Concerts, specially designed for classical newcomers! These events feature short, diverse pieces and showcase young, talented musicians. Entry is donation-based, making it accessible for everyone. Interested in performing? Applications are now open!

GATEWAY Concerts

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We need your support (Volunteer & Donation)

 

We need your support to bring classical music to everyone! Help us organize community concerts and pop-up classical performances on the streets. Together, we can make classical music accessible and enjoyable for a broader audience.
 

Support Us

As such, only YOU can provide the essential daily musical environment that nurtures your child's love and understanding of music.

 


Sincerely,

Concerts for All

Under the Music Development Association Inc. (INC2400330)

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