our little rockstar

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.


11 thoughts on “our little rockstar

  1. i was just thinking along these lines while in the taxi this morning, about supporting the interests of your kids or loved ones. it was triggered by an argument i had yesterday. i just had so many things i wanted to say (on top of what i already argued) that i was planning to blog about it just for release. maybe later.

    anyway, i’m very happy for Ari and i wish him the best! 🙂

    1. hmm, i wonder what kind of argument you got yourself into. will wait for your entry =)

      at times it can be difficult finding ways to show your support for your loved ones’ interests. you can leave them on their own to discover for themselves the things they really like. sometimes you have to give a little push towards the right direction. but for some, there’s a thin line between a push and too much pressure. i’ve seen people lose interest in things they used to enjoy because of pressure from people around them. we have to be careful where we draw the line.

      1. i agree. we have to tread carefully on this matter. if we have the means, then let’s give our loved ones the chance to explore their potential. but we also have to give them room to decide their pace and goal.

        my entry is on draft stage. i’m just finishing up some work before going back to it. 🙂

    1. hmm. i didn’t bother to call them up. okay ba dun? the “pop music” part sort of turns me off. LOL.

      for sausages, i would love to have them with really good mustard (hard to find here), sauerkraut, or a tomato-basil relish. we’re also fond of bacon-wrapped liver skewers. if you can get some prosciutto there for a bargain that would be a super hit.

      so when’s the barbecue?

  2. i have no idea about center for pop music. in hindsight i think they only do voice-coaching. try asking (members of) the philharmonic orchestra although i have no contacts with them.

    the tomato-basil relish sounds good. can i make that overnight? the barbeque is on tuesday. there’s prosciutto but it’s more of a breakfast food here.

    1. you can opt to make it fresh with diced basil tomatoes and hand-torn basil leaves mixed together by hand. the heat from your hands will combine the flavors better. if you get your hands on some italian oregano or parsley, add some of those as well.

      or if you want to make it ahead, do a basic tomato sauce, recipe here: https://nanayisms.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/mildly-spiced-is-how-i-like-it/
      and just add hand-torn basil on the day of your barbecue.

      i’d like to emphasize on hand-torn. when the metal of the knife touches the basil leaves the flavors just end up differently. see if you can tell the difference. happy barbecue!

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