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Music Discovery Program

Discover 10 Instruments in 20 Weeks!

We know that choosing an instrument can be a tough decision, for both kids and parents. That's why we provide the opportunity for students try out a different instrument every 2 weeks during our 20-week Music Discovery Program. Students between the ages of 6 to 9 journey through learning Piano, Voice, Hand Percussion, Drums, Ukulele, Guitar, Violin, Clarient, Flute, and Trumpet, under the guidance of our versatile multi-instrumentalist instructors.

Each instrument introduces the young explorers to new techniques, unique tones, fun facts, and exciting games. By the end of the program, your child will have a basic understanding of playing simple tunes or rhythms on each instrument, empowering them to make an informed choice about further study. Enroll in our Music Discovery Program today!

Choose Music Discovery at Cosmo School of Music

Why Choose Music Discovery

  • Experienced and versatile instructors provide hands-on learning for 10 different instruments
  • Develop fine motor skills and boost confidence through direct experience

  • Flexibility to explore their musical interests and strengths

  • Engaging and fun activities, motivates your child to learn

  • Enhance your child's memory, focus, creativity, teamwork, and musical skills, while fostering a lifelong love of music

Ages: 6 – 9
Saturdays, 60 Minutes (20 Weeks)
Programs Start January | February | September | October
Cost: $146/month

10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Weeks 1 & 2: Piano

In the initial two weeks, students are immersed in the world of the piano, an instrument synonymous with music learning and known for its versatility across musical genres. They'll explore the mechanics and understand how pressing keys leads to a beautiful array of sounds. As they delve into the rudiments of melody creation, rhythm comprehension, and basic finger placement, these weeks aim to instill an appreciation for the piano's harmonic richness and inspire an enthusiasm for music.

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Weeks 3 & 4: Voice

Weeks 3 and 4 turn the spotlight onto the voice, our most innate instrument. Students will understand how to harness their voices, exploring the fundamental principles of singing, such as pitch control and correct breathing techniques. They'll learn how to shape their vocal tone and volume, and how to utilize these elements to bring out emotions in their singing. By engaging in interactive vocal exercises and simple song practice, the goal is to nurture their vocal abilities and foster confidence in their unique musical identity.

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Week 5 & 6: Hand Percussion

The journey of musical exploration continues with hand percussion in Weeks 5 and 6. Students will explore a variety of percussion instruments including tambourines, bongos, claves, maracas, and more – and develop an understanding of the distinct sounds each instrument creates. While coordinating rhythms in a group setting and participating in games that reinforce foundational rhythmic understanding, these weeks are full of fun.

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Weeks 6 & 7: Drums

Weeks 7 and 8 bring students into the energetic world of drums, one of the most physically engaging and rhythmically crucial instruments in music. Here, they'll become familiar with the components of a drum set – the snare, bass drum, and cymbals – and get hands-on experience learning basic drumming patterns and stick techniques. By practicing basic drumming techniques and playing simple rhythms, students will develop coordination and timing, fostering a rhythmic intuition essential to any music genre.

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Weeks 8 & 9: Ukulele

In Weeks 9 and 10, students explore the ukulele. This compact, stringed instrument, renowned for its delightful tone and accessibility, serves as a perfect introduction to stringed instruments. Students will become familiar with its parts, like the fretboard and tuning pegs, while learning about sound production and simple chord formation. Engaging games will enhance chord transition skills, with interactive strumming exercises and melody practice to inspire a love for the ukulele.

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Weeks 11 & 12: Guitar

Naturally progressing from the ukulele, students venture into the captivating world of the guitar in Weeks 11 and 12. Students will learn about the guitar's anatomy and tuning, while gaining hands-on experience in strumming and finger placement techniques. Through learning basic chords and practicing simple tunes, the goal is to kindle an appreciation for the guitar's expressive potential.

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Weeks 13 & 14: Violin

Weeks 13 and 14 introduce the elegant violin, an instrument prized for its high-pitched, emotive sounds. Students will learn about the violin's key components and how they work together to create music. They'll explore fundamental playing techniques such as proper bow hold, finger positioning, and simple note production. As they practice playing simple tunes, students will develop aural skills through note recognition exercises.

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Weeks 15 & 16: Clarinet

In Weeks 15 and 16, students are introduced to a staple of orchestras and jazz bands – the clarinet. They'll familiarize themselves with its mouthpiece, reed, keys, and assembly, and understand how their coordination results in diverse pitches. By learning about correct embouchure, finger placement, and sound production, students will gain hands-on experience playing this versatile instrument. The goal is to spark a love for the clarinet's warm, expressive sound.

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Weeks 17 & 18: Flute

Entering the realm of wind instruments, Weeks 17 and 18 introduce the enchanting world of the flute. During this period, students will gain an understanding of the flute's parts, assembly, and correct playing posture, while exploring sound production techniques such as proper embouchure and breath control. They'll also delve into the nuances of finger placement, enabling them to produce various notes and play simple melodies. These guided instructions and interactive activities kindle a fascination for the flute's enchanting sounds and broader understanding of music as a whole.

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Weeks 19 & 20: Trumpet

In the final weeks of our Music Discovery Program, students will engage with the vibrant world of the trumpet, an instrument famed for its bold, resonant sound and integral role in various music genres. They'll explore the trumpet's key parts and learn about producing sounds by varying breath pressure and lip tension. By mastering basic fingerings to play different pitches and practicing simple melodies, the objective is to ignite a love for the trumpet’s powerful voice and conclude their exploratory journey on a high note.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Cosmo School of Music's Music Discovery Program?

The Music Discovery Program is an immersive 20-week program designed for children aged 6 to 9 years. This unique program offers a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to ten diverse musical instruments: Piano, Voice, Hand Percussion, Drums, Ukulele, Guitar, Violin, Clarinet, Flute, and Trumpet.

What is the structure of the program?

The program is composed of 20 one-hour classes, held once a week. Each two-week block focuses on a different instrument. In these blocks, students receive an introduction to the instrument, physically explore it, understand its various parts, and learn basic techniques to play simple tunes, rhythms, or melodies.

Who will be teaching the classes?

Our talented multi-instrumentalist instructors, all of whom have undergone vulnerable sector checks, lead the classes. These instructors bring a wealth of expertise and a passion for music, ensuring a dynamic and engaging learning environment for all students.

What is the goal of the program?

The Music Discovery Program aims to provide children and their families with an extensive, interactive exploration of different musical instruments. By the end of the program, students will have a foundational understanding of each instrument and a clear idea of which instruments they might wish to study further.

Why is this program different from other music programs for kids?

Unlike many other programs, our Music Discovery Program provides a comprehensive introduction to a broad range of instruments, allowing students and their families to make an informed decision about further musical pursuits based on personal experience. The program is structured to be fun, engaging, and educational, fostering a love for music from an early age.

What should I bring to each class?

We supply all the materials and instruments necessary for the class, so your child doesn't need to bring anything special. We do recommend bringing a water bottle.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the 20-week program is $730 paid in full; or monthly installments of $146 per month for 5 months.

How can I sign up for the Music Discovery Program?

Register for the Music Discovery Program by completing the registration form below. If you have any questions or need further information, don't hesitate to reach out to us at lesson@cosmo.ca or 905-787-2090.

Will I receive any updates on my child's progress and interests?

Yes! At the end of the term, parents will receive a comprehensive progress and interest report. This report will highlight each instrument your child explored during the course and provide insights into their engagement, enjoyment, and natural aptitude for each. Our goal is to support informed decisions about any future musical pursuits, and this report will serve as a valuable tool in understanding where your child's musical passions may lie.

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At the Cosmo School of Music, we pride ourselves on the quality you receive when you learn with us. Every single one of our teachers are all excellent at what they do, and we feel confident that they'll pass that down to you as well. Whether you're learning in-person or online, you can be sure that you're receiving incredible music education every single time.

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