Baby Symphony is an educational center that aims to introduce babies and children to classical music. Children from 4 months to 4 years of age receive music education and are introduced to different instruments with a program of the same name as the center. We had a short interview with Ms. Ayça, the owner and educator of Baby Symphony, about both the Baby Symphony training program and the effects of classical music education on children. Here are the details of the interview…
Can you give us some information about Baby Symphony training?
Our training consists of a 10-week period, 40 minutes per week. All children from 4 months to 4 years can receive education. Children are divided into different classes according to their age. Trainings are attended by their families or carers.
The main purpose of this education is to have fun and enjoyable time with children from 4 months to 4 years old, accompanied by beautiful music. Since the works we do here are mainly classical music, it is among the aims of our education to introduce classical music to children, to make them good listeners of classical music, to strengthen their rhythm feelings and ears. We also aim to improve children's hand-eye and hand-arm coordination with the small instruments we give to children during education. With these instruments, we help children to become aware of sounds by stimulating different sensory organs.
Why did you specify a specific age period for your education, especially 4 months to 4 years?
This is due to the feature of our program. The program was designed to meet the needs of children in this age period. Because the capabilities and needs of children older than 4 years are increasing, in such a case it becomes very difficult to meet their needs in this educational program. In addition, children can participate in different activities after the age of 4, they start going to school, so they can be found in different environments where they can meet music, but before the age of 4, we introduce music to them through this training because the environments where they can meet music are limited.
How many students are there in your classes?
In such an education class, there should be a maximum of 10 people. In my trainings, there is a maximum of 6 people in a class.
The instruments you introduce to your children during your education vary according to age groups. Does it show?
No. I introduce the same instruments to each age group, but the way I introduce them varies according to age groups. I don't introduce the instruments to 3-year-olds like I introduced them to babies. For example, we want to introduce the cello to children, we introduce the cello to a 3-year-old child to play the cello, and we allow a 6-month-old baby to recognize the cello by placing it on the cello.
At the end of this education, what kind of differences do you aim to have in the child?
Expectations of course vary according to the age of children. Up to 2 years of simple expected behavior in children, hands up and down to be down, stop (stop) should be known when the silence, is expected to adapt to the slow pace. Children over the age of 2 are expected to be able to follow stories based on a theme or character. For example, the fact that a puppet is able to follow what he tells is among the behaviors expected of a child in this age group.
What do you recommend to families who come here to do with their children at home?
What we do here is just as much fun as education. So of course I don't give families any homework to have their children do at home. But they also learn what to do because they attend the family and their children in the classroom. The songs and music we use here are not very far from the families, they are generally familiar with them, so families are not having much difficulty in having children make activities with these music in their homes.
How long does it take for the child to continue this education to be permanent?
Even if children come here for a while, they can leave with lasting effects. Children are like an empty computer, they do not easily erase the information they upload once. So a child doesn't have to come here for three years. But a child who continues education has the opportunity to learn the same things from different perspectives and in depth.
If you ask for families who can't come here, what do you recommend them to do with their children so that they can raise their children's music awareness?
In Turkey, the number of children increase their knowledge of that book about the development of the family so they can follow their children's development a big help. In these books, families can easily reach enough information about how children react to different sounds and music in proportion to their age and follow their children in the light of this information.
In addition, they can also make the baby listen to music, especially when performing infant massage for infants. A lullaby that the mother will sing during the massage or a soft music that the child will listen to will increase the child's sensitivity to the sounds.
What effect does this have on the child's music education if there is someone playing the instrument in the family?
It has been proven by experts that music education, especially classical music education, plays an important role in the brain development of children. The presence of people in the family using a musical instrument contributes significantly to the child's brain development and helps the child to develop. In addition, this situation provides the child with different gains, accustoms the child to noise. It prevents the child from being affected by small noises, for example, allows the child to get used to the sound while sleeping and prevents him from waking up to small noises. In addition, the fact that a musical instrument is played at home relaxes the child and helps the child relax under the influence of music.
Who is Ayça Keleşoğlu?
Ayça Keleşoğlu is a graduate of Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory Violin Department. Later, she studied Violin and Music Pedagogy at Vienna Music Academy. He then completed his master's degree in violin in New York. He gave trainings to 4 month-4 year old children groups in New York for 5 years.
Vefa Hanim is a pianist. Azerbaijani. Graduated from Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory Piano Department.
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