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Early Childhood Music FAQ’s

When should I start my child in music classes?
As early as possible! A child’s potential to learn music starts at birth. Similar to learning a language, the first years of life are crucial for establishing a solid foundation for lifelong music understanding, appreciation, and achievement. Children who are exposed to a rich variety of music during these early years develop the necessary readiness for formal music learning (such as private instruction) when they are older.


Why should I choose Brookline Music School for early childhood classes?
Brookline Music School offers early childhood music classes that are research-based, developmentally appropriate, and musically rich with passionate, educated and experienced teachers, individualized instruction and student assessment. We truly care about providing a fun and creative environment to guide your child’s musical development.


What do you mean by individualized instruction and assessment?
During each early childhood music class, the teacher takes the time to interact with each child through tonal and rhythm patterns and musical conversation. After class, the teacher records these observations and identifies the stage of preparatory audiation* under which the responses fall. Assessment is incredibly important, because it provides the teacher with the knowledge to interact with and guide each child to the next stages of musical learning. Parents will receive a progress report at the end of each semester and will have the opportunity to review the observations with the teacher.  (*To learn more about preparatory audiation and the stages of early childhood music learning, please visit giml.org/mlt/earlychildhood.)


When should my child start private instruction?
When considering private instruction, it is important to look at your child’s musical readiness and not be concerned with chronological age. Children progress through stages of music learning (preparatory audiation) that lead to independent music thinking. The ability to keep a steady beat, sing in tune, coordinate singing and chanting with breathing and movement, improvise in a given meter and tempo or tonality and recognize same and different are all important skills to have before beginning private lessons. Students with these skills will start lessons with musical understanding that can then be applied to an instrument, allowing the instructor to focus on building repertoire and technique and not on basic musicianship skills. 


For more information, please contact Krista Jadro, Early Childhood Coordinator at kjadro@bmsmusic.org or (617) 277-4593.