2018 01-11

Enrolling your Child in Music Lessons in Singapore

 

 

If you are interested in enrolling your child in a music course in Singapore, you are probably familiar with the tremendous benefits music has on a child’s developing mind. Music has been shown to boost intellectual ability in students, improve their capacity to manage social interactions and provides children with an appreciation for one of life’s greatest joys. Music schools in Singapore offer a variety of instruction on multiple instruments and are a great way for children to participate in an activity with their peers. Talking to other expat families about the music school they trust to teach their child is a great way to find a reputable school in your area. You can head down to Ossia Music School for a free consultation on the various musical lessons they provides!

 

You may have already enrolled your child in a music course or are planning on doing so very soon, and you may be wondering what lessons are like. There are a few things you should know to be better prepared for your child’s music lessons. Most lessons are taught on a weekly basis, and you should confirm the time of the appointment with the school so you don’t show up late. It is especially important for young musicians to arrive a little early so they can warm up and focus their attention. You want your child to get the most out of their lesson, and five minutes can make a big difference for a child who is trying to organise their thoughts. Being at the school a little early will also give your child the opportunity to expend some of their excited energy before engaging in their learning.

 

Many schools in Singapore offer music courses as a monthly package, and you will be expected to pay for the entire month up front. It is best to know how much you will be spending before you show up, and you should clarify with the school what types of payments they accept. You don’t want to show up with a check and discover they only accept credit cards. Call them before your child’s first lesson to learn how much you will be expected to pay and when your next payment is due.

 

Individual lessons are typically 45 to 60 minutes long, and during that time your child will be instructed on how to play their instrument. Parents may want to sit in the room while their child is learning, but this is usually discouraged as it can be distracting. Find a good school and look into the teacher’s credentials. Trust that they will take care of your child, and you can finally enjoy some time to yourself. In the lesson room, teachers will introduce ways to approach the instrument, demonstrate fundamental techniques, and guide the student on ways to improve. Your child will be excited to start playing, and they may need to be reminded how excited they were when it is time to practice at home.

 

Travelling with an instrument is a part of your young musician’s new lifestyle, and sometimes it can slip their mind. You don’t want to get all the way to the school and realise that your instrument was forgotten at home, and then have to go all the way back to get it. If your child is expected to bring any other materials, such as a pencil or a book, it may be a good idea to purchase a dedicated backpack for music lessons.

 

If you have any questions for the lesson teacher, it is better to wait until after the lesson is over to ask your questions. Giving the lesson teacher a notice that you would like to speak after the lesson can help them manage their time better, and will ensure that you have their undivided attention.

2018 01-02

Finding a Good Piano Teacher in Singapore

 

If your child is ready to start taking piano classes, it is important to find a good teacher that can help your child develop their musical abilities. Learning to play the piano is fun, and having the proper teacher can make the world of difference. Singapore has many options to choose from, and you should talk to other expat families to see which schools teach their children. The piano is a highly visual instrument, and children who practice the piano can easily learn by watching their hands. That makes it a great primary instrument for children who want to start learning about music. Here are some aspects of teaching piano that you should look for in teachers to help you narrow down your search:

 

Approach: Teachers need to keep their students engaged, and their approach to teaching piano is critical. Learning a new instrument is challenging, and it takes time for young musicians to develop the skills they need to be able to play the songs that they want to hear. The best way to keep students interested in piano is to meet with the teacher before the lessons start, and get to know them personally. If your child feels like they are learning piano from a friend, it can help motivate them to practice more because they want to make their teacher happy. The teacher should take the opportunity to go over specific goals with your child. What do they want to get out of the lesson? Are they trying to learn more about music in general or do they want to learn to play a certain song? Once you have established objectives, the teacher can outline how they want to approach the lessons moving forward, and a plan will help your child achieve their ambitions on piano.

 

Structure: If the piano is the first instrument your child is learning, they will need to study some fundamentals of music before they can learn more advanced styles of playing. A common structure to learning piano is starting with scales. Musical scales are important to learn because they set boundaries in a song so the player knows what notes will sound correct. Reading music is another objective for beginner piano players to learn, and can be taught at the same time as scales. Although these two topics are rigorous for students to learn, they are necessary to comprehend so that your child can understand how to perform the songs they really want to play. The teacher will need to balance out the structure of the lesson, otherwise younger students can leave the lesson feeling discouraged. Patience and discipline are key elements to learning piano, and building a strong musical foundation is required for your child to progress. At the end of each lesson, the teacher will assign practice goals for your child, and they will expect to see improvements in the next lesson.

 

Style: You should discuss what style of piano playing your child wants to learn before the first visit. In Singapore, expats will find a wide variety of piano styles available for their children to learn, and the most popular are classical, jazz, and pop. The teacher should be able to perform the different styles for your child if they are not sure on which one to choose, but beginner students will need to learn the same information, regardless of style. As they develop their piano playing, they can always change their minds and start learning a different style. If the teacher cannot play the style of piano that your child is most interested in learning, then you should find a different teacher who can.

2017 11-14

Are you a beginner? Here are some techniques you should know for playing a violin?

 

Playing an instrument can be very challenging especially when you are playing an instrument for the first time and you have no idea where to begin and where to end from. Violin can be a very difficult instrument and it can be very daunting for people who have never played a stringed instrument before. Playing a violin can be very good for your brain and your mental health too, and if you teach your kid to play violin at young age then it is even better for them.

Let us take you through the various techniques that you should know as a beginner.

You need to make sure that you purchase the right violin

Violins come in various sizes and you need to make sure that you purchase the right size of violin to begin with. There are sizes available for kids and these can be very small, as an adult you need to buy the correct size so that you are able to hold the instrument in the right way and have no difficulties with the posture, while sitting and playing the instrument or even while standing.

Buy from a reputed seller

A reputes seller will guide you in many ways. Since you are a beginner you will not know a lot of technical details pertaining to the sound of the violin and the make of the violin. A reputed seller will sell you a violin which will be apt for you and he can also give you a few tips so that the next time you buy a violin you make not of some of the finer details in sound, string quality and the wood that is used in order to make the violin. These things really affect the way the violin sounds.

Tune the violin first before starting to play it

In order to play the violin, you need to tune it first. All the strings G,D,A, E need to be tuned in order to play the violin in tune. Tuning the violin without a tuner can be difficult for a novice and it would be best of you buy a tuner which an electric device which can be used to tune the violin. You can tune the violin first in order to play it and then start. This should be made a practice every time you want to play the violin.

You need to grip the bow properly

In order to play an instrument it is very important that you know how to hold it properly and do it in the way it had been prescribed. This is because it is a tried and tested way to hold the instrument and needs to be replicated every time someone wants to play the instrument. You need to grip the bow by laying the middle of your index finger on the grip, place the little finger on the flat part of the grip and the thumb should be underneath the grip. It might feel uncomfortable first but later you will get used to it.

How should you hold the violin?

The violin should be held with a straight back even when you are sitting or standing. You need to bring the butt of the instrument near your neck and rest the lower half of the violin on your collar bone holding it in place with your jaw. This will not let the instrument slide off.

Hence these are some tips and tricks to start playing a violin and slowly with practice you will be a good player. Also, you can take up a course to learn violin lessons in Singapore .

2017 03-08

Preparing Your Child for Nursery School

It can be quite a daunting task to prepare your little ones for their nursery schools. However, there are things that you can do as a parent to help your kid getting ready. But, you should also realize the fact that all kids will not develop at the same age. Moreover, your kid may not get ready as per your wish irrespective of whatever you may do or say. A crucial starting point can be training your kids with their potty.

Check out some of the following ways to physically prepare your kids for a nursery school.

Give them potty training

There are many nursery schools that expect your little one to be potty trained at home. This is truer when your kid is around 4-year-old or more. However, of your kid is below four, you need not give them full potty training. But that does not mean that partial training will be unwelcome.

Teach them about bathroom breaks

* You should make your little one learn how to take bathroom breaks by making him sit on the potty throughout the day. Make sure that your child is not sitting on the toilet with their diaper on. Irrespective of girls or boys, all should begin sitting down. But, later on, boys will practice it standing.

* Make an attempt that your child sits for about 30 minutes after having their meals since it is more likely that children will go there more often then.

* It is sensible to make sure that your child takes a break if it appears that they need to go there. Your kids’ body posture or actions often make that obvious.

* Take your child to the washroom when you observe such actions. Finally, when your child does go in the potty, you need to ensure that your excitement shows on your face so that they understand the idea.

* As a fun reward for your child, you can let them flush a toilet.

Make your style one familiar with dressing skills

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It is true that your child’s teacher will help them in tying their shoes or going up a zipper when they are in the nursery school . However, a teacher has limited time as they have to attend to the various needs of the other kids too. So the faster your kid learns to be self-sufficient, better it is for them. It will be fun if you teach the how to dress up through games.

An example of this could be to ask your child how fast they can complete dressing up and tying their shoes. You can then ask them whether they can better their own times or not. Finally, you can show your thrill for all such skills where they did well.

* Allow your kid to practice tying their shoes that could be attached to a blackboard.

* How about finding some toys which will help your little one to work on Velcro, zippers, and buttons?

How Can High-Quality Early Childhood Care Help Preschoolers

A good quality education can have various short-term as well as long-term benefits for the child. Most people usually give more importance to higher school education as well as college education. However, before all of that it is important that the child have a good basic education and foundation. The early years in a child’s life are the learning years, preschools in singapore provide high-quality education which can benefit the child throughout life.

Many children have to life in unsafe conditions and have fewer resources. If all children are able to get the same high quality care in preschools they will be able to improve their life and also find a place that they feel safe.

High-quality early childhood care can have positive effects on the child’s cognitive and social development. The children who have this show signs of more complex play, they have a more secure relationship with adults and children and are able to trust more. These children also score higher in their ability to think and learn languages. The quality of education has direct effects on the academic success of the child, their ability to adjust to school and reduce behavioural problems. Greater success during preschool can predict better grades in higher classes.

Higher quality schools can help kids excel not only in academics but also help learn the basic rules and ways of society. This helps the children socialize and form better relationships. Better socializing skills can help the child be a part of society and as they grow they are able to fit in better and are able to improve society.

Getting back to the academic importance of high quality early childhood education, the strength of a building is always in its foundation. In the same way a quality foundation in preschools will result in better education throughout the child’s life. It is also seen that those who got higher grades in schools were more likely to go to college and get a higher education. As higher grades in school is directly related to the quality of education that the child receives in the younger years this also reflects in the college and the higher education that the child will receive as they grow.

All these points show that having higher quality education in the formative years results in the child growing into a better and more established adult later in life. Hence the child will grow to be a happy adult and an invaluable part of society.

The Top Skills Your Preschooler Will Learn In Kindergarten

As a parent, you may feel that your kid will spend a year in the kindergarten school, just playing but in reality, your kids can labor hard and can learn about various things in a kindergarten within a short span of time. Kindergarten schools allow your kids to get used to a specific routine, which may come quite handy for your kids’ higher grades and a perfect place to make new pals. Teachers of kindergarten centers and other places will also convince you that it is an important year for building the foundation of learning for your little ones.

Here some of the top skills your preschooler will learn in a kindergarten school.

Reading

You will find that the year spent by your little one in a kindergarten will help your child to develop his reading skills and literacy. Initially, for some months, your child will pick up how to recognize simple printed words. These will include his own name as well as their classmates’ names. Rhyming, word recognition, phonemic awareness, letter-sound correspondence are some of those areas where your kid’s knowledge will expand in this one year. By the time they complete one year in the kindergarten, some of the kindergartners can even pick up reading skills.

Mathematical skills

There can be some kids who may know more than what will be taught in kindergarten. They attend a kindergarten with the knowledge of counting, recognizing numbers up to 10, sort objects and more. But there will be others who will not be aware of such skills. You need not worry if your child falls in the second category since all these skills will be taught in the kindergarten this year. Your kindergartener will learn the concepts of basic addition, subtraction, ordinal numbers, recognizing and creating patterns and sorting using different types of characteristics. The teachers give your kids visual props like counting bears, cubes, and buttons to pick up these skills. When they complete one year in kindergarten, they should be capable if naming a calendar’s components and how many days a week we made of how many weeks make a month and so on. They will be also able to identify numbers up to one hundred even if they are not in a proper order and can even count from 1 to 100.

Science

Teachers in kindergarten will cover topics, which will be meaningful for the student. The science topics that will be taught to your kids are applicable in daily life. Your child can know about hygienic health habits, which also include nutrition. They will be also taught the basics of dental hygiene. They will be also taught about the five different senses.

2017 02-27

The Benefits Of Promoting Activity Both Physically And Mentally For Young Students