West Chester Academy of Music and Dance is proud to offer one of the world's finest music education programs: Music for Young Children! Founded in 1980, Music for Young Children (MYC) is one of the world's leading music-learning systems — the only child-centered program of its kind to integrate keyboard, creative movement, rhythm, ear training, sight reading, music theory, and composition.
My experience with MYC has been incredible. I love the way the children are taught with hands on tools and characters to reach every level of each individual. It was great! Beverly Pierce, Parent
As an MYC student, your child will learn standard piano repertoire, ear training, music theory and history, composition, listening, sight reading, and music vocabulary. MYC presents musical concepts and theories to children with a multi-sensory approach to learning, which has been proven to increase absorption and retention. Each class also includes games with a musical and educational focus. After completing the most advanced level of the program, generally in 4 to 5 years, our students are well prepared to continue with intermediate piano studies and/or pursue a second instrument or area of music study.
"After nine months of weekly training in piano or voice, new research shows young students’ IQs rose nearly three points more than their untrained peers..."
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Parent participation in the classroom is integral to the Music for Young Children program! By being present, you become aware of your child's learning styles, strengths, and interests; thus enabling you to serve as an informed guide in directing your child's musical path.
We offer 3 different introductory courses for new students to the program based on age:
We will work with you in helping place your child (or children) in the appropriate class level at the time of registration.
The MYC curriculum progresses through several levels of study. Each level is a 36 week course, beginning in September and going until June. However, new classes are sometimes formed at a later time with sufficient enrollment. Classes meet once a week for 55 minutes at a time that's convenient for you and your child. Our professionally-trained MYC instructors provide a stress free, interactive, and fun musical environment.
For even more information on Music for Young Children, visit the Music for Young Children website.