Do-Re-We is an early childhood music education program that incorporates the philosophy of Zoltan Kodály with early childhood learning theory and methodology. Some highlights from his philosophy:
- "Let Music Belong to Everyone!" Kodály championed this slogan, believing that a solid music should not be only for the wealthy or very gifted. In fact, he argued that music is part of a well-rounded spiritual life.
- Begin as early as possible: Once when Kodály was asked about the right time to start music education, he answered: "Nine months before the birth of the child," moreover "nine months before the birth of the mother."
- Not a torture, but a joy: Children learn best when they are at play, immersed in the fun and joy of making music. We never force a child to do anything she doesn't wish to do, rather, teacher and caregivers invite and encourage while fully participating in the fun ourselves!
- Active Learning by Singing: Simply listening to music doesn't provide a sufficient music education; the child must participate with his singing voice. Our children carry this beautiful instrument with them everywhere they go, and it's completely free! Your instructor will sing each piece several times before inviting you and your child to sing along.
- Only the Best Music: Kodály equated music with food; we only feed our babies the best. He suggests that the folk music of the child's native country is the best "musical food" for her. Folk music reflects the natural rhythms and melodic contours of the child's native language, and is based on topics that are fun and interesting for children.
- Music Literacy: While we do not begin reading music in our classes, we do lay a strong foundation from which your child can continue his music education, including literacy and fluent sight-singing.