About the Program
The Power of Music for Early Language Acquisition
Music and spoken language are two sides of the same coin. Both are learned the same way, by instinct and by ear, and both appeal to young children by linking their senses with their curiosity. Having taught French to young children through my own songs for twenty-five years, I am still marveling at how naturally, quickly and efficiently language is learned through music (and its close relatives: dance, mime, and visual images), and how these areas combine to create a world of discovery and wonder. This is exactly what my songs are about, and why they are so popular and infectious with the kids (and their parents!)
Foreign language acquisition has become a cornerstone of children's education in our world, resulting in a huge demand for creative, ever-evolving programs. Children change constantly, and require a pedagogical approach that adapts to their needs. From nine months of age to four years of age, my program connects at the deepest level with a child's natural love of singing, dancing and playing, thereby making my students better talkers and listeners, smarter thinkers, and happier players and peers. There is power in notes, and learning French has never been this easy or fun!
Our Class Approach
A Child-Centered Method
I have carefully observed children during class or in playgrounds. I have paid close attention to their behavior and conversations, all of which has offered me great insight into their worlds. While I am with them, lyrics and melodies naturally come to me. This is how I feel, hear and compose songs, using my own voice and the inspiration which children give me. I consider it an essential part of my practice to implement a "child-centered" method where children are encouraged to fully live "their" song. Thus, children will find in me a teacher, an artist, but also a friend, as the "child in me" is always alive.