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Melinda Oriana
Melinda Oriani is the Early Childhood Department Head at The Music School of Delaware.

Our early childhood music teachers at The Music School of Delaware field many questions from parents and caregivers. One heard most often: “My child has music class at school; is it the same as what he/she will get at the Music School?”  Our answer is “no.”

While participating in music is absolutely a worthwhile, wonderful and critical addition to any preschool/daycare environment, it is not quite the same experience that a child can receive in a studio class. The key component in the studio is the addition and participation of the parent or caregiver. In this role, you are integral to your child’s learning process, and your affirmation and response to class activities profoundly affects the outcome for your child. It moves the experience from a peer-influenced enjoyment to a truly personal and family journey.

Think of the difference between attending a story time group at the library and reading a book at home before bed with your child.  Both are enjoyable and beneficial; but the bonding and learning that takes place between you and your child in that quiet moment at home is priceless. Studio classes – such as the Kindermusik® and MusikGarten programs offered at The Music School of Delaware – allow for that bonding and offer a further point of departure for at-home learning. Home materials from a studio class help to create those teaching moments at home long after your class has ended.

The Music School of Delaware’s distinguished Early Childhood programs are geared toward engaging a child’s natural creativity and self-expression in age-appropriate activities that also provide a solid musical foundation for future study. Music and movement classes offer a holistic approach to child development by encouraging:

• Love of music
• Foundation for future music education
• Fine & gross motor skills development
• Speech & vocal development
• Steady beat & rhythmic response
• Focused listening
• Expressive movement
• Exposure to age- appropriate instruments
• Self-esteem
• Self-expression
• Parent-child bonding

I invite you to join us and get a first-hand sense of what our early childhood music programs can add to your children’s and family’s active lives. If you have questions about music classes for your child at The Music School of Delaware, please contact me at melindaoriani@comcast.net.

The Music School of Delaware’s Early Childhood Department hosts a FREE themed Music Fest each month for our students and guests. This month’s is a fun, Halloween theme. Details are below; please visit us this month for a musically spook-tacular time!

The Music School of Delaware Early Childhood October Music Fest

Enjoy a fun and FREE interactive concert of kids’ songs while dressed in Halloween costumes. No tricks – just treats! Snacks and an instrument petting zoo follow the concert. Recommended for ages 1½ to 7.

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 3:00pm

The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch, 4101 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE 19802.

Call 302.762.1132 to register or for more information.

www.musicschoolofdelaware.org • @MusicSchoolofDE

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