Friday, June 12, 2009

Music Lesson ?

I've always wish to enrol YX and XJ for music lessons. Recently, I went to enquire at Yamaha and was told that the earliest age they accept is at 3.5 years old. They will start a 6 months course and if they do well, they can proceed to the next level. At the first stage, I will required to pay RM420 nett which includes one time registration fee, 2 books, 1 bag, 1 cd and 3 months upfront fee. The next 3 months, will have to pay another RM240 nett. All in all for 6 months, I will have to pay a total of RM660 nett.

Hubby and I can't really decide if we should enrol them for music lessons. I think it is good, but very costly. Any feedback anyone. Please help me to made decision!

3 comments:

  1. I gather from your posting that one month's fee should be RM80. For your info, a pre-grade 1 one-to-one type of music lesson in KL or Puchong area costs RM80 or RM85. And I believe the one you enquired in Yamaha is a group class, correct? If it is, then, yes, I think it's quite costly, but I'm not surprised because this kind of course is franchise type, just like those Little Mozart classes.

    The next question is are this kind of early music classes necessary? In my opinion (in the capacity of someone who took piano classes from age 6 to 18 years old and who is now giving piano lessons as well), I think such early music lessons are just a luxury. If the parents can afford it, well and good to go for it. If not, then just wait till your child is already able to read, write and count and then just enrol for one-to-one music classes. For your info, during my time, such JMC or Little Mozart classes are non-existent back then. We merely go by discipline, hard work, perseverence and good time management to go this far.

    For your info too, usually these young children music courses are aimed at developing sense of pitch and rhythm in a fun and interactive way by e.g. dancing to the rhythm of a song, tapping/clapping to the beat of a song, playing high-pitch or low-pitch notes across the keyboard and perhaps playing simple tunes. So I wouldn't say it's a bad thing altogether (That's why it's a luxury!). Another side of the argument also is that it's good to develop children's sense of rhythm and pitch from as young age as possible becos that's when they are most receptive to being developed. Well...true also, but at the end of the day, what definitely counts for sure is that whether a child is born with the natural aptitude for pitch and rhythm. If a child is born with it, then it doesn't take much effort to develop these things in a child no matter what age the child starts. If the child is not born with such aptitude, it definitely takes more effort to develop no matter how early the child starts.

    Hope this helps!

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  2. Hi Alice, Thks for the advise. Really appreciate it. From your point of view as a music teacher, I agree with you that it is a luxury to start them young. Yes, Yamaha is a group class. Hubby and I are still calculating on the cost and can't decide. ;(

    Looking at my son loves to sing and dance, as a mother, I really with to enrol him for a music class.

    Now, I have a better view and shall consider again. Maybe till my son went to kindie first. I've also enquired a 1 to 1 lesson on those private music shop and the cost is only RM65 per mth.

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  3. I gather from your posting that one month's fee should be RM80. For your info, a pre-grade 1 one-to-one type of music lesson in KL or Puchong area costs RM80 or RM85. And I believe the one you enquired in Yamaha is a group class, correct? If it is, then, yes, I think it's quite costly, but I'm not surprised because this kind of course is franchise type, just like those Little Mozart classes.

    The next question is are this kind of early music classes necessary? In my opinion (in the capacity of someone who took piano classes from age 6 to 18 years old and who is now giving piano lessons as well), I think such early music lessons are just a luxury. If the parents can afford it, well and good to go for it. If not, then just wait till your child is already able to read, write and count and then just enrol for one-to-one music classes. For your info, during my time, such JMC or Little Mozart classes are non-existent back then. We merely go by discipline, hard work, perseverence and good time management to go this far.

    For your info too, usually these young children music courses are aimed at developing sense of pitch and rhythm in a fun and interactive way by e.g. dancing to the rhythm of a song, tapping/clapping to the beat of a song, playing high-pitch or low-pitch notes across the keyboard and perhaps playing simple tunes. So I wouldn't say it's a bad thing altogether (That's why it's a luxury!). Another side of the argument also is that it's good to develop children's sense of rhythm and pitch from as young age as possible becos that's when they are most receptive to being developed. Well...true also, but at the end of the day, what definitely counts for sure is that whether a child is born with the natural aptitude for pitch and rhythm. If a child is born with it, then it doesn't take much effort to develop these things in a child no matter what age the child starts. If the child is not born with such aptitude, it definitely takes more effort to develop no matter how early the child starts.

    Hope this helps!

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