GGG has a new music teacher, Katie McGowan.
Working with young children comes naturally to Katie. Growing up she spent a lot of time in the classroom helping her mother who was a preschool teacher. Katie’s background includes 13 years of dance and gymnastics, 9 years of cheerleading, 6 years of yoga, and years of singing in a choir. She has taught gymnastics and cheerleading to preschool aged children. Katie earned her BA in language studies from UC Santa Cruz studying Spanish and took ECE and philosophy classes at Cabrillo College.
"Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Everyone (including children) needs to be in touch with his or her core, with what he or she is and what he or she feels." Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.
At Golden Gate Guppies, children will learn - through musical play – the fundamentals of basic Music Theory: Pitch, Tempo, Rhythm, Melody and Harmony. Listening and singing will also be a big part of every class! Every child will be encouraged to “perform” - either in a group or solo - for his/her peers in but never pushed to do so. Our goal is to instill in each young “Guppy” an appreciation for music of all sorts, and the courage and self esteem to continue to explore their artistic inclinations in the future!
Benefits of Music
•Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. •Through music, children learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions not just one. A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. •Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain's circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds in a fun and active way. •There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things).
This skill is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day.