Pre-School Ages: 2 to 6 years old
The most common sign of musical talent in a toddler is continual singing or humming, and dancing or tapping fingers to the beat. A child who sings, hums, or creates "sound effects" while alone in their room, or throughout the day while they are playing, is a child that is musically gifted, period. If this gift is accompanied by a family history of musicians, this child needs to start learning Absolute Perfect Pitch at a very young age, age 2 or 3, or as soon as possible.
The first years...
Several studies have proven that children, who's parents have listened to various types of music in the womb, respond to the songs their parents listened to differently.
The music you listen to when you are pregnant, and during the first years of a child's life, set up your child's foundational musical language for life! Classical music seems to stand out as a complex form of music that may positively affect the growth of neurons and connections that grow in a developing brain.
In short, the single best thing you can do to help your baby develop a love for music, before and after birth, is to listen to as much music (particularly beautiful piano and orchestral music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Scarlatti, Handel) as you can. Not only do the children get a better sense of appreciation for music, but as they get older, the music helps regulate brain wave patterns promoting a more calm, relaxed state of mind.
New studies just released now show that children with Perfect Pitch have a much lower incidence of dyslexia, stuttering, or other related language processing problems. Your child's foundation for Absolute Perfect Pitch starts in the womb with the music you listen to. We highly recommend singing the names of the notes to your baby at every opportunity.
When to Start...
At age 2 1/2, your child may be ready to begin group classes or even private music lessons. teVelde Preschool Classes begin with teaching children the colors of sound. Beginning lessons are also focused primarily on helping children develop the ability of Perfect Absolute Pitch. This is called the TAP Method (teVelde Absolute Pitch).
In order for a child of this age to be eligible to start lessons at teVelde, they must have at least 2 of the signs of musical talent, AND have a close relative (mother, father, uncle, aunt, etc.)
Lessons for a little one include introduction to the piano, singing, drum patterns, and lessons designed specifically for preschoolers in
These lessons are 30 minutes in length, and a parent, grandparent, or guardian is required to be at each lesson. We are currently only teaching The T.A.P. Method to these ages at our two (2) locations. All lessons are taught one-on-one, with a personal instructor that works with each student exclusively.
Why we focus on Absolute Pitch
A child with Absolute Perfect Pitch will be naturally good at any instrument they choose. Absolute Pitch makes students exponentially faster at learning music than others. Most children with Absolute Perfect Pitch play many instruments, because learning another one is as easy for them as figuring out the fingerings.
If you really believe your child is musical, it is unthinkable to deny them the chance to develop the one ability that will set them apart from all the "regular" musicians out there. Only the top 20% of students at Julliard School of Music have Absolute Perfect Pitch. Brilliant composers Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin all had Absolute Perfect Pitch. Other famous people with Absolute Perfect Pitch are Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, and most American Idol winners, just to name a few. Having Absolute Perfect Pitch could be the ability that sets your child apart from all of the others! What other form of education will do so much for your musical child?
In musically talented children, every year of lessons before age 6 is critical. You could be setting them up to be that 1 in a million who has fully developed Absolute Perfect Pitch!