There’s no denying Ari’s interest in music. We’ve noticed it since he was a baby and did our best to nurture his love for music as best we could. We exposed him to various artists and genres, mostly those Turo and I both liked to listen to, but we’d realize he has musical preferences of his own. From orchestra music to Coldplay to The Dawn to Lady Gaga. Ari has one diverse playlist, which up to now still has me wondering what really is his type of music.
A recent development in his musical journey is getting him into music school. I’ve been inquiring on music classes for toddlers but most child education institutions only offer music and movement classes, something I’m not interested to waste money on because we always do these things at home. I’m looking for a more “serious” music class that can develop Ari’s highly sensitive ear for music and maybe even get him to learn basic musical concepts. UP Conservatory of Music, Yamaha and Ryan Cayabyab School of Music were among those I considered. Sadly, they didn’t offer classes for toddlers.
Luckily, I came across the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra School of Music through a news article. It’s a fairly new institution, not much of a track record in terms of their graduates, but have professional musicians and Conservatory of Music graduates as teachers. They’re starting their toddler music classes for the first time next week and Ari’s going to be one of their first students!
I am super excited about Ari going to music school. Turo hasn’t stopped making fun of me after I shrieked with pride when Ari played his first notes on a violin. He keeps joking I’ll be having a drama episode when Ari has his recital at the end of his music classes. Well, I don’t call myself a stage mother for nothing.
Specialized music classes like this one is not cheap, by the way. But it’s an expense we’re willing to spend for our child’s development.
Why we’re sending Ari to music school?
To develop his music skills and talent. While Turo and I are music-lovers ourselves, we admit we don’t have the training to be able to teach Ari to play instruments properly and to develop his innate musical talent.
To have him learn in a semi-structured environment. Everything Ari knows now, he’s probably learned from us, during our playtime at home, on our trips and in the places we visit. There’s not much structure in the way we teach our children, mostly opportunistic as we encounter new things each day. But his music classes has a curriculum, musical concepts that will be taught in a logical manner, mixed with various forms of play including listening and playing with instruments.
To teach him to focus and be attentive. Like most toddlers, Ari has a very short attention span. He won’t listen if he doesn’t want to and if he does not find anything interesting. We plan to send him to preschool next year but we want him to first get used to a teacher-student relationship in a more informal set-up on a subject matter that will be interesting for him, like music.
To enhance his social skills. As I’ve mentioned before, communicating is not one of Ari’s strong areas. We’re hoping that getting him into a class with children his age doing fun things together can improve his communication skills.
As parents, we realize the benefits of having Ari attend music classes. What I like most about it is it’s not your typical music lessons where at the end you need to be able to play an instrument well. We don’t want to put that kind of pressure on our child, considering how young he is. We really just want to expose him more so he can discover for himself the things that he want to do and that he can do well. Best of luck to our little rockstar!
The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra School of Music is located in 3/F Magnitude Building, Libis, QC. You may contact them at 4706964 for inquiries. Music classes for toddlers run for 12 sessions starting this Saturday from 3-4pm.