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Amarant Music

We at Amarant Education are trying to create a better way for young children to learn one of the most important, and yet most neglected subjects: music!

  • Amarant Music

    Planned for release in the first half of 2017 Aimed at children ages 4-7 A comprehensive music program, with a custom lesson plan based on the age of the child, ranging from 36-48 weeks. Each week consists of:
    One 12-17m interactive video lesson Four 5-10m daily exercises A weekly assessment, for parents to keep track of how their child is mastering the material Designed specifically to capture the attention of young children, each lesson includes fun things, like:
    ♬ Cartoons ♬ Fun songs (lots of them!) ♬ Interactive exercises and games ♬ Traditional instruction
    Part of a 6-year, complete and unequaled music literacy program
  • Designed with both parents and kids in mind

    Click-and-play simplicity No musical knowledge needed for parents Learning music, singing and playing music are all proven ways for parents and children and bond and grow closer. Created to be a fun, organic learning experience, where kids can learn, often without even knowing they are learning

  • Children learn more than music!

    Music is also one of the best ways to learn other subjects! Every lesson has been specifically designed to connect with other subjects, using the power of music to help children grow in all subjects, including: language arts, science, social studies and math Even exercise with the music! As a World Music system, kids will learn about cultures, countries and languages from all over the world In just Level 1, we cover more than 19 countries, their music, and their cultures And kids will learn to sing in more than 20 languages!
  • In Level 1, your child will learn:

    Performance Connecting music with musical terminology Active listening to identify instrumentation and musical concepts Music composition Basic conducting in all covered time signatures Improvisation

    Concepts Tone colors: whisper, speaking, singing and calling Singing alone, and with others Breath control Solfeggio and Kodaly Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti Kodaly hand-signs

    Learn and sing more than hundreds of songs from more than 19 countries Including: USA, Australia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malawi, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, The United Kingdom Learn and sing songs in more than 20 languages, and learn scatting Including: English, Adangbe, Cameroonian Pidgin English, Chinese, Dioula, French, German, Hausa, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Maori, Mbonge, Mina, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tetum, Twi

    Concepts Higher and lower The pentatonic scale Intervals Major 3rd, 5th, major 6th, octaves

    Tonguing Breath control Playing: Triangle Hand Drum Bells

    Woodwind introduction and identification Clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, recorder Brass introduction and identification Trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba Strings introduction and identification Violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, banjo Percussion introduction and identification Piano, classroom instruments (e.g. bell set), djembe, marimba, bongo, conga, bass drum

    Steady beat at multiple tempos Faster vs slower Ritardando and accelerando

    2/4, 3/4, 4/4 Strong vs weak beats in each time signature

    pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, crescendo, decrescendo

    Rhythm of words Pattern recognition Syncopation Half note, dotted quarter note, quarter note, 8th note, triplets, quarter rest ; and all combinations thereof.

    Treble clef Repeats, 1st and 2nd endings

    Major 3rd, 5th, major 6th, octaves

    Ostinato Descant Melodic contour Counter melody Texture Pentatonics

    Call and response Chorus and verse Echo AB ABA Cannon Round

Music is one of the greatest joys in life. It is an essential part of our cultures; music permeates and surrounds us, moves us, connects us with each other. For those who study it, it forever becomes a cherished part of their lives. And for young children, it could not be more important.

By itself, learning music opens children to a deeper experience with music, and makes it a part of them. 70% of those who were involved in music say that it was at least somewhat influential in contributing to their current level of personal fulfillment.1 It also teaches them artistry, empathy, inventiveness, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Learning music also connects children with their families, with each other, and with their heritage. 99.2% of parents find when their child becomes involved in a music program, the parent/child relationship improves2. They also find behavior, communicative, and social skills become more positive. With music in schools, students connect to each other better-greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm3.

Yet one of the most fantastic effects is that by learning music, the brain actually changes4, improving cognition, making children smarter. Studies have shown that, through learning music, children score higher in math5, in spatial reasoning6, improves their reading and vocabulary7, their general memory8, unexpected subjects such as history, geography and social skills9, and even their test scores10 and GPA11.

With overwhelming evidence, music education is easily one of the most important subjects for young children. Providing lasting benefits to their happiness, their emotional and social well-being, and their success in life.

  1. Harris Interactive Inc. (2008). MENC Executive Omnibus Results Summary
  2. Board of Studies, New South Wales Australia, 2004
  3. Eric Jensen, Arts With the Brain in Mind, 2001
  4. Skoe, E. & N. Kraus. (2012). A little goes a long way: How the Adult Brain Is Shaped by Musical Training in Childhood. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(34):11507–11510.
  5. Rauscher, F.H., Shaw, G.L., Levine, L.J., Wright, E.L., Dennis, W.R., and Newcomb, R., Music training causes long-term enhancement of preschool children's spatial temporal reasoning, 1997
  6. Multiple studies, including: Hetland, L. (2000). Learning to make music enhances spatial reasoning. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 34(3-4), 179-238
  7. Arte Music Academy. "Statistical benefits of music in education." Statistical-Benefits-Of-Music-In-Education. Accessed July 17, 2014
  8. National Association for Music Education. "The Benefits of the Study of Music." National Association for Music Education. Accessed July 17, 2014
  9. Nature. 1996 May 23;381(6580):284. Learning improved by arts training. Gardiner MF, Fox A, Knowles F, Jeffrey D.
  10. College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001
  11. National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988

For most children, the only music education they will ever receive is in a public elementary music program, and that is rarely enough. Music education has been and remains the first target for cutbacks, often even being cut entirely. With overcrowding, scare classroom time, and scarcer resources, music teachers rarely have the chance to provide young children with the opportunity for real music literacy. Few children leave elementary able to read even the simplest musical line, and at Amarant we believe this simply isn’t good enough.

For children who take private lessons, they certainly learn music, but this option is extremely expensive – generally hundreds to thousands of dollars per year – and out of many family’s budget. More importantly, private lessons teachers are uniformly specialists, and while we highly recommend private lessons for your child (if you can afford it), it would be much better to let them focus on their specialty, be it voice, piano, guitar, violin, or whichever instrument, and to use Amarant Music for the child’s general music education.

And for children who go on into band, choir, or orchestra when they reach middle-school, again they will certainly music, but too late. Beyond simply not having the advantage of starting ahead in band/choir/orchestra, most children who begin that late do not see the full academic benefits, to their grades and more generally, until nearly the end of high school. With Amarant Music, children will reach that level of proficiency by the time they complete level 6, for ages 10-13.

Just as important, just as with language, young children have a unique ability to learn and internalize music; their minds are more plastic and fertile, and gain greater benefits. This can even result in perfect pitch! Starting young has the greatest effect on the child, and the greatest benefits for the rest of their lives.

The current options are simply ineffective, too expensive, or available too late.

Amarant Music is designed to be the solution to that problem: affordable for every family, made especially for young children, and leading to unmatched music literacy.

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