The Childbloom Difference - Guitar Lessons For Kids
Music Education that can change your child's life
The Childbloom Guitar program is a comprehensive musical education program for children between the ages of 5 and up! It was developed in 1980 by Kevin Taylor, of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Because the Childbloom Guitar Method works so well with kids, it is currently in demand and used by music educators throughout the nation. If your child is bitten by the guitar bug, Childbloom Guitar can open the door to the world of music for a lifetime! For our Austin locations, click here.
A successful approach to children's guitar lessons - a classical education
Even the youngest students are able to engage with music quickly and successfully in the Childbloom class. “We want to give the kids a learning victory in the first lesson, ” says Taylor. “They don’t want to wait to play music. Can you blame them?” The skills that are taught are done so in a step-by-step manner. The Childbloom guitar students develop awesome skill as the age-appropriate music becomes more complex.
Group or Private lessons
We teach our guitar lessons in small groups, minimum 2 kids per groups – maximum 4. Private lessons are available. Our beginning groups are actually BETTER THAN PRIVATE LESSONS IN SUSTAINING A CHILD’S INTEREST! Why? The Childbloom groups are great for developing ensemble skills, peers who share an interest and are in tune with a child’s attention span and learning capacity. Our classes actually IMPROVE the retention of the student’s interest. Students are grouped according to age and experience level. The Childbloom classes have been called ”learning in a positive, low-pressure environment” by leading child psychologist, Dr. Harold Grotevant.Most of our students are beginners. Come arrange a visit and a free mini-lesson. If your child has had lessons with a non-Childbloom teacher we can determine his or her level of skill with a visit. We don’t mind spending time letting you get to know us since music education is a life-long endeavor. If your child has a friend (or sibling) who wishes to join the class, let us know. This makes scheduling easier and quicker. But a good Childbloom class, at a time convenient for your schedule, ensures the maximum skill development for your child.
Solo and Ensemble skill from the beginning
Your child can become a well-rounded, literate, musician. The curriculum used in the Childbloom Program is comprised of music arranged in parts; the student not only learns solo playing skills, but ensemble skills as well. The small Childbloom class can accommodate the young child’s attention span and the adolescent’s expanding social horizon. Dr. Hal Grotevant, a child-development scholar (whose son now takes his children to Childbloom) characterized the Childbloom class as “providing individual attention in a low-pressure environment.”
Parents are a major part of the process
In the Childbloom Guitar Program, parents are encouraged to attend the lesson with their child. “We have found,” says Taylor, “that the more parents are involved in this process, the faster the student learns, the more the student learns, and the more persistent the student will be. It doesn't matter if the parent doesn’t play an instrument. Parents make a huge difference.” Parents also receive the Childbloom Monthly Newsletter which provides local events, contests for the kids, and advice to deal with the challenges of practice, motivation and musical growth.
A Guitar teacher you can trust!
Before certification, all Childbloom Instructors undergo a background check. This is not the case with most other private music teachers, including Suzuki trained teachers. Childbloom instructors are trained systematically and thoroughly. Through in-class experience, training in our unique and careful teaching materials, developmental profiles of our students, practice in group dynamics, and an activity repertoire, our instructors are uniquely prepared to meet your child’s needs. No other music program in the nation provides teacher training in child-development theory. This training helps the Instructor understand the capabilities of your child.
Your Childbloom instructor will seek and encourage performances opportunities for the students.All Childbloom performances are voluntary. Teachers will never force a child to perform. An important element of the Childbloom philosophy is that force is an unnecessary ingredient for artistic endeavor. Child development research tells us that children learn well in the context of play and freedom. These observations constantly challenge the Childbloom instructor to communicate joy and fascination to the student and show that self-discipline arises more easily from freely chosen goals.