Did you know that early childhood music can…
Music aptitude continues to show improvement in children who receive music training up until the age of 9, with the most improvement shown from birth through age 6. Our Cherubs Music Program incorporates principles from Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory into a Christian based music format, reaching our youngest children at this critical point in their music development.
As outlined above, participating in a music program has many educational, social and emotional benefits in addition to the music experience itself. Children are provided with the opportunity to learn the basics of music (tuneful singing, breathing, moving to the beat, rhythm imitation, reading simple rhythms, part singing/rounds tempo and dynamics and more) so they will be better prepared to participate in the children’s choir or other musical ensembles as they enter the 3rd grade. They accomplish this through singing (bible songs, church songs, traditional folk songs); playing a variety of instruments (xylophones, bells, drums, maracas, glockenspiels, tambourines, choir chimes, autoharp, etc.); structured movement (marching, simple folk dances, body percussion patterns); improvised movement with streamers and scarves; dramatized bible stories through music and movement and more.
All parents are encouraged to attend and participate in the sessions; however, preschool children will need to be accompanied by a parent or other adult/older sibling that can assist the child in participating in the group and attend to other needs as they arise. There will be a rotating schedule of parent chaperones to help with the K-2 classes, as we strive to have at least 2 parents present for those sessions.This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to bond with their children and also form friendships with other parents of similar aged children.
New Co-Leader: Rebeckah Guevara
This semester we are blessed to have Rebeckah Guevara to co-lead the groups with Lisa Barra. Rebecca comes with a deep-rooted passion for music and teaching/inspiring youth. She has been singing “all her life” and has enjoyed learning to play several different instruments. She has been a part of numerous choral and instrumental ensembles, including the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra, jazz ensembles, marching band, and our very own Youth/Young Adult choir. Once Rebeckah completes her AA degree in Music at Moorpark College, she plans on pursuing a degree in Music Education and becoming a music teacher. In her own words, “The thing I love the most about music is that it is a universal language and has the ability to communicate with anyone.”
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