Tuesday January 17, 2012


Fipple Flute Fun 

Rainbow Recorders program teaches parents and kids to learn how to play

Submitted by Debra Krol/Michelle Enebo photos



earn together & practice together with your homeschooler in a group setting. Play duets or jam with a CD. You will have fun with your child in this class!


I call this program “Rainbow Recorders”. Quite obviously, this is not a new idea to the world – Recorders have been taught in schools for probably 50 yrs. The point is, many families in Chilliwack have decided to home school but don’t feel comfortable to teach fine arts, especially music.


The recorder is an amazing instrument! Students learn how to read the most basic of notes and rhythms in a very methodical way. Everything learned is step by step – it is easy to master learning the soprano recorder. So many enjoyable pieces can be played on it.


In a world where everything is turning to being technology based, playing the recorder is a great “hands-on” way to increase confidence in a child’s learning ability. The skills of note reading are learned and without even a thought, ear-training and sight-singing skills are introduced. All of these principles can easily be transferred to any instrument and will establish a better understanding of how to express oneself musically.


A parent who learns to play an instrument with their child will find it to be a genuinely connecting experience. The child will enjoy and appreciate seeing that everyone needs practice and that it is OK to make mistakes!


Another program that I offer is the “Music For Little Mozarts Classroom Method”. It is a group class for preschoolers ages 3-5 that runs for a 10 week session with weekly classes that are approximately 45-60 minutes long.


There are 3 levels in the Music for Little Mozart Program. After completing all 3 levels, students are ready to move to Private Lessons on the piano or other instruments if they wish. The course serves as an introduction to the basics of music and introduces all concepts in a comfortable atmosphere.


Sessions 1 and 2 will be offered in January, and in March, Sessions 1, 2, and 3 will also be available. The “Little Mozart” program is an exciting group class that develops general musicianship skills through listening, singing, playing basic percussion instruments, playing music turn taking games, and structured movement. Each lesson is consecutive and new skills are learned and expanded on.


The stories, coloring, and craft activities make it fun for the little ones to learn. Each Level ends with a Music Party and a Recital! This program presents an excellent opportunity for parents to be involved in their child’s creative development.


Piano for Preschoolers

My First Piano Adventure is an exciting piano program for 5-6 yr olds. Capture your child’s creative spirit and imagination!


Music For Little Mozarts

A General Music Program in a group setting that introduces your preschooler (3-4) to beginning musical concepts to pre-pare them for private lessons. Sing, Dance, and Play with percussive instruments.


Imagine a group recorder class that you and your children take together!


Learn the Soprano Recorder from the beginning. How to play and read all the notes, jam with a fully band mixed CD, and enjoy performing duets together. Earn Ribbons as each section is mastered. Submit the Report Card at the completion of class to your home school to receive credit for learning.


Classes are Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:15 AM

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28

March 6, 13, 27

April 3, 10, 17, 24

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

June 5, 12


Cost: Parent and 1 child $43 per month. Each additional child is $25 per month


*Plus cost of Materials $15 per person—includes Yamaha Recorder, Music Book, and Learning Incentives.


For more information visit: www.tinytinkles.com  or e-mail Debra here or call 604-791-7749


About Debra Krol

I am a member of the Chilliwack Branch of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association, which is an organization that gets very little attention within our community. We consist of approximately 25 fully qualified and experienced music teachers who are committed to professionalism and have obtained a high level of training.


The majority of our teachers have private music studios in their own homes, and some teach at the Chilliwack Academy of Music. We operate as private music instructors, meaning that we have small advertising budgets, and a great deal of overhead. We have no company pension plans, no medical or health coverage, but very giving hearts. We strive to teach music in a way that inspires people of all ages to embrace the pleasure which music brings to our lives.


We support music in our community in many ways by providing our students with bursaries and scholarships, volunteering many hours for the Lions Music and Dance festival, offering workshops and master classes for our students and teachers, we put on numerous recitals throughout the year – including the 2011 Piano Extravaganza which was a partnership between the Chilliwack Symphony and the Chilliwack BCRMTA, we volunteer for schools, churches, and many other events.


Our members within the Chilliwack branch offer music instruction in many different instruments, genres, subjects and specializations. We support each other by embracing our differences and teach using many different approaches. You can read more about our organization at the website I built for the Chilliwack Branch of the BCRMTA at www.chwkmusiclessons.com 



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