Classes for Children in Spanish, French and Germanis a unique program that uses music, movement, story-telling, art and drama to teach foreign language to children aged infant to 8 yrs old.We offer parent-child foreign language classes, drop-off classes for older kids, preschool classes and summer camps. By singing and playing along, your child will receive exposure to foreign languages during the critical early years of development. The best way to start your child learning French, German or Spanish!Music Lingua language classes are the best way for your child to start learning a second language, be it French, Spanish or German. And Music Lingua is fun! Helping children learn foreign languages since 2001. Over the last 13 years, Music Lingua has helped thousands of kids get started learning a foreign language. Music Lingua offers classes in French, German and Spanish. Start your child today!
What is Music Lingua?
A unique, effective and fun language teaching systemMusic Lingua is a unique method of introducing foreign language to young children, in their most absorbent years of language acquisition (see "Why Study Languages"). Over 10 years of development, research and practice have resulted in an effective, fun way to introduce children to both language and music. A unique method that really worksMusic Lingua classes use music, movement, storytelling, drama and art to present thematic concepts and key vocabulary. The emphasis is on hearing the spoken language, learning the songs, and in the process, learning target vocabulary and responding to commands. Great take-home materialsEach student receives great take-home materials, including a thematic music CD of the songs sung in class, a bilingual music activity booklet and a storybook (with CD). Parents are encouraged to play the music and sing the songs often with their child at home and while riding in the car, thus reinforcing what is learned in class. The activity booklet contains all of the lyrics in both the target language and English, as well as pictures to color and other fun activities that go along with each song. By listening to the CD between classes, the child gets maximum language reinforcement. Children come to class already singing the foreign lyrics, allowing the teacher to make the most efficient use of class time. Thematically based sessionsEach 10 to 12 week session has a unique theme, such as "Life in the Ocean", "Life at Home", "African Safari". The classroom activities and all take-home materials revolve around the common theme. Parent/child classes typically meet 45 minutes per week. Preschool classes meet once or twice per week. Music Lingua camps are a great summer activity! It's fun!Just as important, it’s fun for everyone involved, and the parent-child classes give parents the wonderful experience of learning along with their child. Click here to find a French class, Spanish class or German class near you.
Benefits of a Second Language. Why learn a second language? You already know some of the benefits of knowing a second language, including:
Travel and cultural opportunities
Admission to better universities
Increased employment opportunities
General life enrichment
However, you might not be aware of some of the profound affects that early language exposure can have on the developing brain of a child.
How learning a second language affects the young brain. It has long been known that there is a strong link between language, music and other developmental skills, such as math and logical thinking. Children who are exposed to music and/or language training show measurable improvements in other cognitive skills. Researchers believe that early language exposure actually increases the size and power of a child's brain!
Current Brain ResearchIn some regards an infant's brain is like a blank slate. Exposing your child to a second language at an early age can actually change the way your child's brain is structured by forming connections that otherwise would not be formed. These connections seem to be not only necessary for learning language, but are beneficial in many other academic areas: study after study shows that students who have studied a second language do better in other seemingly unrelated areas such as mathematics and logic.
The Earlier the Better Research proves that the best time to learn a foreign language is in infancy - the sooner the better. According to neuro biologists, a newborn’s brain is like a new computer waiting to be programmed. Some of the brain’s basic functions, such as breathing and heart beat are fixed in place while baby is still in the womb. But trillions of other connections in the brain are just waiting to be made, or programmed in, during the first years of life. Some of these early connections govern such skills as the ability to see and distinguish faces and objects, to master basic motor skills. Others are specifically waiting there to learn languages. But these connections will only develop to the extent to which they are used, and if not developed when the child is young, the "window of opportunity" to develop these connections will quickly fade, until by about age 8 or 10, it is lost.
Language...and music too!"Research shows <a brain function> correlation between music and language mechanisms" Ardene Shafer - MENC
Isn’t it funny how you can immediately forget someone's name, yet remember all the lyrics to songs you haven’t heard in years? There’s a link between language and music that makes lyrics easier to remember. For thousands of years, before there was written language, oral traditions were set to song, so that vital information could be remembered and passed down through the generations. Talk about a time-proven technique! It started as just a tool...When we first began using music to teach language, we knew right away we were on to something. Our initial motivation was simply to make the children want to hear and repeat the vocabulary as much as possible, while making the classes more fun and engaging. And boy does it work! Parents say the children sing the songs constantly, and request that the CD be played whenever possible - in the car and at home. The synergy between Language and MusicWhat we later learned, however, is that music offers its own benefits - similar and complimentary to the benefits of learning a 2nd language. Like language, there is documented research that shows that early exposure to music can lead to increased brain density and an increased skill in math and logic. However, the music seems to stimulate a different yet complimentary portion of the brain. We feel that both are important to a child's development, and it is serendipitous that our method incorporates music as a means of teaching language. Why we put the music in Music Lingua
Kids love to sing along with the songs, so they get much more practice speaking and hearing the language.
The CDs are fun, so the children tend to listen to them at home, in the car, etc. This repetition reinforces the language learning between classes.
Even infants enjoy listening to the music, and through it become exposed to the sounds of language in the critical early years.
The music and activities in the class are of tremendous benefit to the child in their own right, even without the language.
The combination of singing, drama, games and art make the classes dynamic and fun, and hold the child's interest.
Words and phrases, even foreign ones, are much easier to remember when put to music.
Music and language are complimentary, and both are crucial for a child's development. By combining the two, the child enjoys a benefit far greater than just the sum of the parts.
Why your child should start NOW
Few things offer as many benefits that a child gets from learning a second language. But to maximize these benefits, a child must start young, preferably as an infant. Research shows that an infant's brain comes pre-wired to learn language, and children begin to build their language skills from birth, using the sounds of the speech they are exposed to. They can actually differentiate between different languages long before they can vocalize them themselves, and there seems to be no limit to the number of languages a young child can acquire. It doesn't get any easierYoung children the world over effortlessly pick up whatever language or languages they are exposed to. Researchers say that when you are young, you aquire language, rather than having to learn it. If you wait until you are older to start, language becomes something you must learn by rote and memorization. It then becomes work, and few people who start late with a second language ever succeed in becoming fluent with good accents. Building a bigger, better brainWhen it comes to language, infants are pre-wired to learn. They actually form connections and grow new brain cells to process the particular languages they are exposed to. Bilingual children tend to actually have measurably larger brains with denser grey matter than their monolingual peers. This extra brain power has been shown to give these children an advantage later in life in such areas as logic and math. (Note that similar advantages have been shown to result from early music exposure.) The Window of OpportunityAs the child gets older, the brain's ability to restructure itself in this manner diminishes, and by a very early age (between 6 and 9 years old) the window has virtually closed. This is why young children the world over can learn one or more languages almost effortlessly, while older children and adults struggle to learn a second tongue and rarely become fluent or develop good accents. Furthermore, these latecomers experience far fewer of the brain functionality increases that the kids who started early enjoy. Don't waitWe really hope you choose Music Lingua to help lay the foundation for a second language for your child. But whatever path you take, please start as early as possible!
Why choose Music Lingua
Early language exposure is one of the most important gifts you can give your child. (See Benefits of Language). And Music Lingua is the best way to start you child with languages. Here's why: The Music Lingua MethodOver 10 years of research, development and practice has allowed Music Lingua to maximize the synergy between music and language. The combination of singing, drama, games and art make the classes dynamic and fun, and hold the child's interest. An Immersion MentalityWe teach using a minimum of spoken English. By repeating the vocabulary in a variety of contexts, along with thematic songs and props that are designed specifically to reinforce that vocabulary, the children are able to assign meaning to the words naturally, the way they learn their native tongue. Thematically basedEach session shares a unique, common theme, which ties together all the songs, props, books and activities. This makes the lessons far more cohesive, and allows a natural means to repeat the vocabulary in a variety of different contexts. Foundation in MusicWe are the only program which has designed a research-based language system from the ground up, integrating props, booklets and activities with songs specifically written with the young language learner in mind. Why the emphasis on music?
The CDs are fun, so the children tend to listen to them at home, in the car, etc. By singing along they get much more practice speaking and hearing the language, reinforcing what they learn in the classes.
Low Stress means More Effective and More Fun!Research shows that stress can be a major impediment to a child's learning. Many language methods inadvertently raise the stress level in children by putting pressure on the child to perform. This can be as subtle as urging the child to speak out loud before the child is ready. The Music Lingua method is designed to be as low stress as possible, to avoid triggering these barriers. Our teachers are trained in techniques based on the latest research to optimize the learning experience for the child. By using this Natural Approach to Language Acquisition, the child learns the new language the same way they learn their mother tongue.
Young children are language sponges, and will be absorbing the newlanguage when if they are not responding vocally at first. The child will perceive Music Lingua classes as a fun playtime even as their brains absorb and process the new language, and when they are comfortable, they will begin speaking out loud in the new language. Even native speakers enroll their childrenA surprising number of native speakers enroll their children in Music Lingua classes. In a home environment with bilingual parents, the children often seem to rebel against the strange words they never hear their peers speak. When exposed to the language (with those same parents) in a Music Lingua class, with the fun environment and other children their age, they open up and begin to speak.
Great take-home materialsOne of the things that sets Music Lingua apart from other programs is our great take-home materials. For each class, students receive:
Thematic Music CD of the songs sung in class. Listening to the music between classes is vital to our method.
Music Activity Booklet - includes bilingual lyrics to the songs and fun activities that reinforce the vocabulary.
Story Book - a fun children's story following the theme of the unit, reinforcing the vocabulary in the songs. Includes CD of the story read by a native speaker.
A fun toy relating to the theme.
Why the take home materials are so importantOur program is based in music and the songs we sing in class provide the basis for the props and activities that reinforce the vocabulary. Children love our music (so do the parents!) so they listen to the songs in the car and at home. By the 2nd week of classes, the kids are already singing along with the songs, even before they understand the meaning of the words they are singing. Their Music Lingua teacher can then focus on activities and props that give meaning to this new vocabulary, making maximum efficiency of the class time. A common themeEach 10 to 12 week session revolves around a common theme, which is repeated in the songs, activity books and props for that unit. This gives a natural and cohesive means for the instructor to repeat the vocabulary in multiple contexts, reinforcing the meaing of the words for the child. Each new session brings a new theme with a new CD full of great songs and brand new activities at every class.
Why are our take-home materials so important?Our great take-home materials give the young student opportunity and incentive to practice the language outside of class. Music Lingua classes are thematically based, with the vocabulary from each unit repeated and reinforced throughout the songs, storybook and activity book for that unit. Repeating the vocabulary in different contexts allows the child to naturally associate the words to their meaning. The children love to sing along with the music CDs, mimicking the sounds of the language before they even know the meaning. By the time they come to the second class, the sounds are already familiar to them, and they can sing along with great accents. This allows the teacher to concentrate on associating meaning to the new words, maximizing the efficiency of the class time. Last but not least, it's FUN! Kids love to listen to the CDs, and can't wait until their next Music Lingua class!
What makes Music Lingua unique among foreign language programs for kids? Music Lingua is unique in that we teach thematic units, and we write and record all our own music that integrates perfectly with these units. Using one theme for 10-12 weeks allows us to teach a small but important section of vocabulary to children, and to reinforce it over and over until it’s well ingrained. The next theme will contain some similar vocabulary, but will add the words from the new theme as well. Since we write our own music we can create precisely the simple lyrics we need, or which utilize the vocabulary we want to teach. We often use tunes the kids are familiar with, so they feel like they already “know” the song.
Is my child too young/old for Music Lingua? Too young? Unequivocally, no! The best time for a child to start exposure to a second language is in infancy. Although very young infants may not show outward signs of comprehension, their brains are indeed processing the sounds of the language, and forming new neural pathways that will be used later. Too old? That depends. The Music Lingua program is targeted toward young children up to around 8 years old, when they are most able to aquire new language skills. It has been used successfully on older children, up to 10+years. Older than that and you may want to look towards another program. However, even starting late is better than not starting at all, and we encourage you to please give your child the opportuinity to study languages, even if he or she is too old for Music Lingua.
What is a Music Lingua class like? Most Music Lingua classes are attended by the parent and child, others are drop-off classes, and some are taught in preschools and elementary schools. Parents love attending with their child. Often they have studied the language themselves, and are happy to have a refresher course and a continual reminder to speak to their child in the language. Some are just interested in starting their child young in a foreign language, and are excited to learn it along with them. (Many of these are surprised at how much faster their child picks up the language than they themselves!) On the first day of a Music Lingua class each child is given a special student packet, which includes the music CD. The parents are asked to have the child listen to the CD as much as possible at home and in the car. By the next class the children are already familiar with the music, perhaps even singing the songs even though they don’t know what the sounds mean, and the teacher can then focus on comprehension. The teacher begins by teaching the children the very simple songs in the target language, with the use of many visual aids. The songs are fun and repetitious and the main vocabulary is repeatedly reinforced through games, simple commands, art projects and drama. All of the senses are engaged in learning the language: touch, sound, sight, even sometimes smell and taste. The goal is to teach the children the foreign language while having fun singing songs and playing with toys. Without realizing it, the children will soon signal their comprehension by responding physically to commands in the target language and eventually responding verbally as well. Every effort is made to keep a low stress level in the classroom and not require anyone to speak or act if they aren’t comfortable doing so. Teachers have a prop or visual aid in their units’ “Toy Box” for each major vocabulary word or concept they teach, making it easy and fun for them to convey the meanings of the songs. Most songs contain language that pertains to the theme, and others contain functional language and phrases that can be used everywhere. Each unit contains a counting song, color song, greeting song, and various season-specific songs such as weather, seasons, or clothing. Classes typically meet once a week for 45 minutes, and last 10-12 weeks. The importance of parent involvement cannot be overemphasized. Parents who attend classes with their child can sing the songs learned in class together with their child. Even parents of drop-off kids can offer the CD for listening during the week, and help them color and do the activities in the activity booklet at home. The beauty of the program is that the CD goes home with the child, ensuring that the learning continues all week until the next class.
How long is a Music Lingua class? A typical Music Lingua session lasts 10 to 12 weeks, with classes meeting once a week for 45 minutes. Summer camps vary, but typically meet 3 to 4 hours a day for one week.
Music Lingua Quincy
Music Lingua Quincy in Quincy, Il started in September 2016. MLQ offers German Music Lingua Classes with the possibilities to add French and maybe Spanish in the future. We meet at the moment at Luther Memorial Church as the home class room on Fridays.
TEACH - our local homeschool group - offered Music Lingua German in the school year 2016/2017 for 2 semesters.
Music Lingua Quincy can travel to your school, preschool, day-care or homeschool co-op, Please inquire for rates.
Music Lingua German at Salem Church with Montessori School