Place des Arts will be open on September 19.
Music for Young Children® (MYC®) is a Canadian music program for children with parental participation required. Instruction is provided in keyboard skills, singing, ear training, theory, rhythm, sight-reading and composing through dynamic hands-on teaching techniques. Program materials and books are extra and the cost differs between levels. A keyboard or piano must be present at home for students to participate. Handouts and homework will be provided each week via email to help with daily practice. The program consists of 4 levels: Sunrise, Sunshine, Sunbeams and Moonbeams. Find out more below!
Sunrise 1, 2 and 3 (2-3 years)
Sunrise is the 1st level of the MYC Program. Sunrise is an exciting and innovative pre-school music and movement program that fits a young child’s development perfectly. A Teddy bear helps teach rhythms, and puppet friends guide children through stories, songs and games.
Sunrise will return at a later date. Check back for updates.
Sunshine 1 is the starting point of the MYC® method for 3-4-year-old beginners, building their foundation in music reading and playing the piano. Students experience movement through beats and rhythms, as well as developing their fine motor skills with rhythm instrument ensemble playing. Children start learning the geography of the piano and note-reading through the MYC® Critters (and their stories that children can relate to).
Sunbeams 1 is the entry point of the MYC® method for 5-6-year-old beginners. They are first introduced to piano geography and rhythms through the MYC® Critters to help set their foundation of music knowledge and education; however, the pace of learning for these Sunbeams matches their developmental stages. Vocabulary development is the focus for this age group- at this stage, we introduce “big kid” terminology to introduce concepts, finger numbers, and keyboard geography.
For 5–8-year-olds who have completed Sunshine 2 or Sunbeams 1. This introduces the study of seven different keys with key signatures, harmonization (adding chords to a melody) and transposition (moving from one key to another), the coordination of hand-over-hand (crossing over) patterns and more!
For 6–10-year-olds who have completed Sunbeams 2 or Moonbeams 1. This continues the skills and knowledge built in previous levels while adding the study of three forms of the minor scale, inversions of triads, cadences and the expanded study of note names and accents.
Moonbeams 3 for 6-to-11-year-olds is the final level in MYC®. Students will be able to take their first piano and theory exams at the end of this year if they choose to.
Children will have gained a depth of knowledge through theory, composition, keyboard skills and music appreciation.
Registration for all September – June Music for Young Children® classes must be done over the phone or in person at the Place des Arts registration desk. Registration for fall, winter or spring session classes may be done online, by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at our registration desk.
Music for Young Children® (MYC)
Charlene is a long-time music educator with over 42 years of work experience and has a passion for teaching music to people of all ages.
Sharing her love of music with her students moved Charlene to teach MYC. For 21 years she has been devoted to teaching the MYC program because of its amazing holistic blend of fun and learning.
Her varied and extensive work experience and specialized training (particularly her degree in Music Therapy) have greatly enhanced her teaching techniques.
While growing up in a small rural community in the heart of Alberta, Charlene’s life was enriched with piano, voice, guitar, drum, recorder and ukulele lessons. At a young age, she passionately participated in numerous music festivals, talent shows, Christmas pageants, choral groups (female choirs, high school madrigals, mixed choruses) and musical productions.
As an adult, Charlene taught in schools and institutional settings throughout Alberta and British Columbia. She has had experience with community musical theatre production groups, community choirs and jazz ensembles, and has been the accompanist for several local churches. While operating her full-time music studio, she was also the choir director for the Beacon Unitarian Church (2013-2017).
In her teens, Charlene completed her Royal Conservatory of Music voice (Grade 10, 1977) and piano (Grade 9, 1987) and, during the past 30 years, she has enhanced her music education with various specialty courses and studies at several colleges and universities.
Music for Young Children® (MYC)
Miss Becky has an ARCT in Piano Performance, Certificate of Teaching (Music) from The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music, U.K. in 2008. From 2007-2019 she was the head teacher of a music program at Tom Lee Music Academy in Hong Kong. She was also one of the program planners and song writers responsible for new teachers’ training for the related program. From August 2002- March 2007, she served as a private piano teacher and course instructor at Salina Cheng Music Academy. She also taught group lessons for early beginners, in a program named “Music for Little Mozarts”. Besides teaching at the academy, Miss Becky taught group courses at Simon Fraser University Day Care Units. During those years, she had instructed over 40 piano students.
Miss Becky has more than 20 years experience in early childhood music education. She has excellent communication and interpersonal skills. She has good command in spoken and written English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
One of her piano students just awarded the Bronze medal in Grade 4 Piano at Steinway Piano Competition 2021.
Her teaching philosophy is to provide the flexibility of teaching. Every student is a unique individual so better listen to what they want and what they like. And hoping every student will bring a smile to her music class.