STUDENT MUSIC EXAMPLES

THE STUDENTS OF PMI GUITAR/CHILDBLOOM

’Africanon & Dance’ by Kevin Taylor. This is one of our latest additions (2005) to our ensemble repertoire. It is in five parts and was recorded by seven kids: Dylan Clement (15), Catie Hungerford (17), Kevin Mullin (15), Mikaela Thomas (17), Ryan Voldstad (13), Eliot Wilde (13).

Africanon & Dance
  

Here are some tunes from our beginning literacy ensemble repertoire, played by the Childbloom Select Guitar Choir at the 2000 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Festival.

Goat Dance

Choral

These are tunes from our intermediate ensemble curriculum, played by the Childbloom Select Guitar Choir at the 2000 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Festival.

Shenendoah

Quatro Milpas

These are two pieces from a Childbloom student ensemble CD called ”Tunes For Christmas” (available from the Childbloom Co.). These arrangements and this MP3 file are used by kind permission of Plucked String, Inc., Box 2770, Kensington, MD 20891.

Coventry Carol

Angels We Have Heard on High

This was an encore piece at the GFA festival performance – a favorite of all who learn it.

You can hear and see more Childbloom Students play by clicking here.

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STUDENT PHOTO GALLERY

ADVANCED GROUP – TWIN RIVERS BELLA CORDA

THE CHILDBLOOM DIFFERENCE

The Childbloom® Guitar Program is a comprehensive musical education program through the guitar for children beginning at age five. It was developed in 1980 by Kevin Taylor, of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. The Childbloom Guitar Method is currently being used by educators throughout the nation and is the largest program of its kind in the United States.     Link to official Childbloom Website
A SUCCESSFUL APPROACH FOR KIDS - Through a researched and proven method, students are able to play music quickly and successfully. ”We want to give the kids a learning victory in the first few lessons;’ says Taylor.”They don’t want to wait to play music. Can you blame them?”

A SPECIALLY TRAINED INSTRUCTOR – All Childbloom instructors are selected carefully and trained thoroughly. Through in-class experience, age-appropriate teaching materials, developmental profiles of our students, practice in group dynamics, fun classroom activities and methods, periodic critiques by Master Teachers, and continual education, our instructors are uniquely prepared to meet your child’s needs and be exemplary mentors for your child.

SOLO/ENSEMBLE SKILLS FROM THE START –
The Childbloom curriculum and group structure allows the student to gain solo and ensemble skill. Described by one child-development scholar as providing ”individual attention in a low-pressure environment;’  the Childbloom class accommodates both the young child’s attention span and the adolescent’s expanding social horizon.

PARENTS ARE PART OF THE PROCESS
– Taking a lesson from music education visionary Shinichi Suzuki, parents are encouraged to attend the lesson with their child. ”We have found;’ says Taylor, ”that the more parents are involved, the faster the student learns, the more the student learns, and the more persistent the student will be:’

PARENTS ARE PROVIDED SUPPORT
– The home is the dominant learning environment. To aid the parent in their participation, each family receives ”The Childbloom Monthly Newsletter” which addresses ways to meet the challenges that arise, no-nonsense practice strategies, and proven ideas to foster your child’s musical abilities and motivation.

VOLUNTARY PERFORMANCES
– An important element of the Childbloom philosophy is that force is an unnecessary ingredient for artistic endeavor. Children are never forced to perform in recitals or class. The child-development pioneer Jean Piaget tells us that children learn well in the context of play. These observations constantly challenge the Childbloom teachers to communicate their love of music to the student and show how self-discipline arises more easily from freely chosen goals.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE HAND – Each instructor is also trained in basic physiology of the hand. This ensures each teacher will recognize a natural use of hand, and help prevent problems associated with incorrect playing positions.

A HIGH-SKILLED TECHNIQUE – Our program is skill based. The material is carefully chosen and laid out to help students build a solid musical and technical foundation which allows them to develop extraordinary ability. Our Instructors are knowledgeable in this technique, and are periodically evaluated to ensure that your child receives a consistent high quality of instruction.

EASY TO WORK INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE
– Your class will be scheduled with you in mind.
– Classes are 1/2 hour long. Paperwork is normally done in the first lesson. You will receive the first 3 to 12 months of curriculum at the first lesson.
-Tuition is typically due on a monthly basis.
– Students will have appropriate goals to achieve every week so that they, and you, know what to do at home. -Practice challenges? The Childbloom Company and your Instructor can help.
– We offer voluntary contests for the students to help motivate them in the process of self- improvement.

THE BEST METHOD IS NOT THE MOST EXPENSIVE - The price of Childbloom instruction varies from place to place but is likely the most competitive. Childbloom is an affordable introduction to music lessons. We urge you to compare prices, service and quality with anyone in your area. We think you’ll find that The Childbloom Guitar Program is designed to bring out the best in your child.

For more details call  Kevin Carlson your local Licensed Childbloom Director at 320-237-1011

 

Kevin Carlson teaching students




COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES

Many of the Childbloom Guitar Programs involve their students in performance groups that regularly play in the community. Childbloom groups throughout the country regularly perform for hospitals, retirement centers, schools, libraries and offices. Wouldn’t you like your children to make this valuable outreach part of their lives? This is part of the Childbloom spirit. Come join us!