About Children's Music Academy (ages 3-9)
It seems that most music schools and academies for children focus exclusively on private instruction with recitals to follow. Some of those academies may also include music technology instruction and other collaborative opportunities. Children’s Music Academy provides a fresh, new, holistic approach to music instruction that has not yet been attempted before in Pittsburgh. This amazing curriculum that we teach is the creation of longtime music educator Jan Cross, who has spent decades applying and fine-tuning her teaching style in a way that allows any child to gain the benefits of music instruction at an early age, regardless of skill or experience.
Co-owners Martina and Michael had the opportunity to travel to the CMA headquarters in Denver, CO to see Mrs. Cross’ curriculum in person. What we witnessed next was indescribable at first! A room of five-year-old children played chords in the left hand, while playing a melody in the right hand, and singing lyrics along WITH the melody. Every child had their turn, and they all nailed it!! It became clear on the first day of our visit that this was no ordinary music program. We started to understand that concepts these kids were learning were things that we had only begun to learn in high school, and that this was really a full-spectrum music education that was also a fun, family-filled musical experience for all!
After studying the curriculum and the structure of this program, we felt it fit perfectly with our philosophy on how we think children can best learn to hear and play music, and we truly feel that any child that comes through CMA’s program will be a much more complete musician before they turn 10 years old!