I am so excited to be teaching music
here at the Villages Early Childhood Center!
I have been teaching at the preschool for over 10 years and I love to
watch the kids as they learn and grow here at school. During the week I will be
teaching music theory to each class here at the preschool. During music theory
the children will learn through hands on experiences about instruments and music.
I will also be offering violin lessons
for the three and four year olds. The
classes will be small groups of 3-4 students in each class and we will meet
twice a week for twenty minutes each session.
I teach violin using the Suzuki Method. This method was developed more than fifty years ago by Japanese
violinist Shinichi Suzuki. He realized
the implications of the fact that children all over the world learn to speak
their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of
language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the
mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving
encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of
the Suzuki approach. I began playing the violin at the age of 5 and have
grown to love music and the teaching of music to children.
In addition to violin lessons I will also
have keyboarding lessons for the four year olds. Both violin and keyboarding can be signed up
for through the Buffalo Adventure program.
Please email me if you have any questions.
Mrs. Janis Pascarella
Here are some practice tips:
1. Play the section of music you are working on slowly and listen for the correct intonation.
2. Memorize what you are practicing thoroughly.
3. Listen to music everyday.
4. Have a special spot in your house that is your child's spot to practice.
5. Keep a practice chart. Reward your child when they practice everyday of the week.
6. Remember a little practice everyday is better than nothing at all.