This winter, kids can get moving with a new online course that offers weekly music and movement classes.
The Toutoui program, offered by a Montreal company called Musicalité, provides weekly musical classes aimed at optimizing the development of young children. The program allows both parents, guardians, or educators and children to move around and be active. By signing up, you have access to a variety of guides and workshops. The core program will be presented in the form of videos, which will also come with downloadable PDF guides that include lyrics, tips, and descriptions.
According to Juliana Velez from Musicalité, “Toutoui is a platform to learn music while having fun. It enhances profound elements of development while learning music in a playful way.”
Geared to kids 1-6, as well as older kids with special needs, the workshops offer stimulating, active, and interactive ways of exploring music. One of its key features is that it invites parental participation, allowing them to form a stronger bond with their children. Velez says that children will learn more easily if their role model is having fun next to them. For busy parents, don’t worry! The program is mainly geared towards children, and does not require someone else to be there. That way, if you need to keep your kid entertained for a half hour or so, turn the class on and let them be active!
During the eight-week program, participants will have access to eight or nine activities, which translates to approximately 35 minutes of music per week. The program is flexible, and the classes can be completed any time of the week. The class structure remains the same and grows progressively, encouraging children to explore different aspects of music over two months.
Because of its flexibility, parents can choose to implement it whenever they want during their weekly schedule. Velez says the key is frequency and repetition; following the class weekly for all eight weeks will have the best impact on learning and growth. And she adds that the main goals are to prepare children to play an instrument later in life and develop an appreciation for music.
The program is being offered at an introductory price of $150 for individuals and $400 and up for groups. The cost includes eight weeks of content, videos, guides, and special access to information groups, activities, and offers access for a year.
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