Sing with Coastal Sound for free
Coastal Sound Music Academy will begin the New Year with an open house for children who like to sing .
“We’ve done this for the last few years because we decided that opening our rehearsals to children and parents who’d like to give us a try with no strings attached is a great way to begin a new year,” says Donna Otto, founding artistic director of Coastal Sound.
Choir is about much more than making beautiful music for its own sake, says Otto. “What we like to emphasize at Coastal Sound is that choir is about so much more than learning to make music. It’s about children learning skills that will carry them through life.”
In choir, she says, children learn team work and self-discipline. Music helps them develop both sides of their brain—the math-and-science side and the arts-and-language side. Shy children make friends and become more outgoing and confident in choir, while energetic children learn to channel their dynamism. Children learn to embrace diversity by travelling to other countries and welcoming children here from other cultures. They also learn public speaking and leadership skills. They learn that making music is a joy that can help get them through bad times and celebrate good times.
There are three levels of training choir:
• Novisingers for girls ages six to eight;
• Girlchoir for girls ages eight and up;
• Boychoir for boys ages six and up.
All training choir rehearsals take place Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning January 8, at École des Pionniers, 3550 Wellington Street in Port Coquitlam.
• For information, visit www.coastalsoundmusic.com or call 604-469-5973.