The My First MusIQ Club teacher guidance and teacher materials are easy to use, and teachers can get started delivering classes confidently soon after an introduction to the software and teacher guide. Successful delivery of each weekly class is important to the ongoing success of the program. In 2014 Adventus established a mentoring program in partnership with the Victoria Conservatory of Music for teachers to become proficient with the approach used in My First MusIQ Club (ages 3-5). The program also provides mentoring for delivery of music classes for toddlers (ages 1-3)
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- a. What does the Teacher Training program consist of?
- b. The Traditional Approach
- c. The Adventus Approach
- d. Why is the Adventus Approach Consistently Successful?
- e. The Adventus Approach to Teacher Training
- f. Improving Access to High Quality Instrumental Music Education
What does the My First MusIQ Club teacher training program consist of, and how is it implemented?
- Adventus teacher training is offered in partnership with the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM). To inquire about availability and pricing contact Stephen Green, Dean of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, email@example.com
- VCM provides 1-hour small group classes once per month, online with experienced mentors.
- VCM online mentoring includes review of videotaped segments from actual classroom teaching of preschool (ages 3-5)
- VCM online mentoring also includes explanation and teacher guidance for toddlers (ages 1-3)
- Training is completed in 12 monthly sessions. Certificate in the Adventus Approach is provided
The Adventus approach to early childhood music education is a unique combination of the best traditional approaches and the most effective modern strategies and tools. Read further to understand what advances are introduced by the Adventus approach, and why these have been so successful.
The Traditional Approach
In keeping with modern early childhood education principles, music education has a clear role to play in emotional, social, and physical development of young children. The traditional approach to early music education is implemented to different degrees of sophistication in different schools and preschools, but generally includes singing, listening, and dancing to music, with a variety of other musical experiences. The traditional approach to early music education has been the subject of thousands of teaching seminars over the past sixty years, it is proven successful in many regards.Back to Top
The Adventus Approach
For over 15 years Adventus has been developing a new approach to music that uses the best modern tools to facilitate additional benefits for preschool children. By using a piano keyboard connected to the computer, along with high quality interactive music software, Adventus has developed a very reliable path to significant skill development reading, performing, improvising and composing music. The importance of this unique new opportunity to develop skill, is that these students will see a much larger impact, not only in the emotional, social and physical development, but notably in their cognitive development.
For preschool children our primary goal is to keep students enjoying music while they remain involved in a highly developmental activity. Adventus has certainly raised the bar in terms of the potential for development, but in the same process we reliably get all students interested in ‘continuing’ to learn the language of music. It is this increased interest which is so vital to the long term impact of a music program, and it is where we are uniquely successful.Back to Top
Why is the Adventus Approach Consistently Successful?
This section will outline how an educator can become proficient in delivering ‘My First MusIQ Club’ classes, which typically last ½ hour per week. The success of the group class is key to overall success of the program, but it is not entirely dependent on the instructor, as with traditional approaches.
The Adventus approach is facilitated by award-winning animated, interactive software that helps students stay engaged in the learning process and helps them acquire tangible skills. But at preschool age, skills come slowly, so the number of chances provided to each student in the process of mastering each skill is vital. The Adventus approach doesn’t rely solely on the weekly class to achieve skill development, instead it also includes this high quality interactive software for daily practice at home, so that every child is inspired to engage creatively with music every day.. so all families share in the magic of the program regularly at home. The additional opportunities to succeed with skill development at home for 10-20 minutes most days of the week makes a huge difference in terms of the mastery of skills and the level of interest (which are connected).
This additional time spent playing with music and developing skills means that the weekly classes do not rush the material. The focus from the children’s perspective is having fun with music. Students look forward to their classes every week, and so do teachers.
What happens as a result of the Adventus approach, is significant time spent in a highly developmental process, and a strong interest in continuing that process. This provides a solid foundation for all future music learning, emotional, social, and physical development, and it also provides a permanent increase in rates of learning in math, science and reading. The skill development achieved in this program accelerates the cognitive development. What better advantage could provide before starting school?Back to Top
The Adventus Approach to Teacher Training
The traditional approach to teacher training is to take training in blocks, then return at a later time for another level or more if necessary.
The Adventus approach is to offer convenient once-per-month online classes. The advantage is that teachers tend to retain more training if they’re revisiting the approach over time, with the opportunity to use the concepts in between classes.
Adventus has created a gold standard in its approach to early music education that is recognized in many awards received over the past several years, but it is also innovating and improving the approach to teacher training and the tools used by teachers in class, and by children at home.
The result is a reliable, comprehensive music literacy program that is incredibly engaging, and consistently successful.Back to Top
Improving Access to High Quality Instrumental Music Education
Historically only 5-10% of the population has received the benefits of a quality instrumental music education, in part because of the cost of private lessons (time and tuition) through which the skills are normally achieved.
There are band programs taking place at many schools, some of them are excellent programs. But that doesn’t typically happen until middle school (7 or more years of missed development!), and often the band programs only take a small fraction of students (5-10%). Often in a band program students do not learn to read fluently, and often there is no reliable solution for practice at home, so it’s difficult to develop fluency in reading music and that makes it difficult to move onto higher levels of skill. A band program known for winning state competitions may not be providing a comprehensive music literacy.
All of these limitations are in some way related to the approach taken. The “traditional-only” approach to skill development is no longer the ideal approach. The ideal has become “traditional + interactive”. Of course not every traditional program is very good, and not every interactive software title is useful.
School Administrators and Teachers interested in assessing the Adventus approach may contact Adventus for additional information on the program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on our toll-free line, 1-888-999-6434.
The Adventus approach is very comprehensive, including music theory, music history, listening and performing repertoires, and also facilitates reliable progress every day thanks to the interactive software for practice at home. Schools following the Adventus approach are able (for the first time) to provide a high quality instrumental music education in a group format, at a cost that’s accessible to almost every family. Adventus hopes to inspire non-profit organizations to recognize the value of the program and assist in providing the wonderful benefits to children who can’t otherwise participate.Back to Top