Enriching Children’s Lives Through Skill and Musicianship
About The Childbloom Guitar Program
The Childbloom Guitar Program is a comprehensive music education program specializing in guitar instruction for children ages 5 and up. It is an innovative approach to music-making and skill development for kids with the guitar. Serving the Aledo, Weatherford & Mineral Wells and surrounding areas The lessons are conducted in a positive, low-stress environment where students are able to play music quickly and successfully from the start. They learn a step-by-step methodology designed to maximize their efforts in a short period of time.
Scheduling: ”When are the lessons?”
Typical lesson times are from after school until about 8 pm., Monday-Friday.
Lessons are conducted in small groups, minimum of 2 kids per groups with a maximum of 4.
These groups are great for developing ensemble skills, camaraderie, and improvement of long-term motivation (as well as a competitive cost factor). We group the students according to age and experience level. Most, or all, are entering students are beginners.
If your child has experience with a non-Childbloom teacher, we then will organize an assessment lesson to see where he or she can be placed in the curriculum.
If we don’t have another student to start right away, there are several options available: 1) we can take your child privately for a few lessons and merge him into a class; 2) put you on a call-back list then the wait is usually just a few weeks; 3) or if you wish to start right away we may be able to schedule your child in a private lesson. Because of our small-group structure, scheduling is often the most difficult part. But a good Childbloom class, at a time convenient for your schedule, is sure worth any wait!
Getting the Right Instrument – What you should know.
It is so very important that your child have an appropriate guitar on which to learn. Please contact us for recommendations (817.596.7333 or call/text 817.975.9103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) BEFORE you purchase one. We are not in the business of selling or renting instruments (though we sometimes consign used instruments for our clients who are moving up to larger ones), so we can give you an unbiased view of the marketplace. We try to keep abreast of what the good instruments are and where you can get them close to you. I have been in this business for over 25 years and know that kids learn best on an instrument that fits them. Consult with me before you buy it. It’s a free service!
Young children will outgrow their instruments depending on their age and growth rate. Count on getting a new one every 3-5 years until the child can use a full-sized instrument – usually around age 13-14. But an old instrument can be sold as used. The market price for a used one is about 30-50% of the full retail value of a new one.
Some of the best brands of guitars are Cordoba (4 fractionally sized), Strunal (5 fractionally sized), Yamaha (3 fractionally sized), & Amigo (two sizes). They are all nylon-string instruments. That is what we strongly recommend for the high-skill technique that we teach the children. Don’t know which guitar to buy or if you’re on a budget, contact me for more options.
The highest cost of music education
We take music education seriously. Begun in 1980, the Childbloom Program is one of the longest-running guitar programs for children in the world. That is why we know that parents must be involved in their child’s musical growth. We want a parent to be present in the lesson with the child. You need to know the details of what the child is learning; the goals for the week, the technical aspects that the child can’t see from his or her viewpoint and help encourage practice in an effective way. The quality of that involvement will change as the child matures but parental involvement has been a key ingredient to the success of the students in our program from age 5 -18. This is the highest cost – YOUR time and attention. It will provide the greatest value to your child.