Language Stars Partners with the Music Institute of Chicago
Language Stars, the national leader in early childhood foreign language education, announces a partnership with the Music Institute of Chicago, a world-renowned community music school, to show how music and foreign language can play a key role in a child's life.
"The younger the child, the easier it is to learn a foreign language, because you're tapping into the window of opportunity when a child's brain is hardwired to learn any language naturally and easily," said Leslie Lancry, Founder of Language Stars. "Early childhood and elementary programs are the foundation for successful long-term study in foreign language, and the same holds true for musical languages. We are thrilled to partner with the Music Institute of Chicago to show children how high quality enrichment in education can be FUN and play based."
Studies have shown that knowing a foreign and musical language carries lifelong benefits for children in all areas, from their socialization to their use of critical thinking skills. Investing in early learning strengthens transferable social and learning skills.
"More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their nativelanguage with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, and constant repetition are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach." - Suzuki Association of the Americas*
*In addition to Suzuki education and the Montessori-informed Musikgarten family music and movement classes, which are an excellent springboard to instrumental study for the youngest students, the Music Institute also offers traditional private lessons at all campuses.
In honor of this partnership, Language Stars and the Music Institute of Chicago will host interactive family open houses this spring, giving parents and children the opportunity to interact with experienced faculty who specialize in teaching young children.
Sunday, March 16, 4-6pm
Language Stars Lincoln Park Center, 1741 N. Elston, Chicago
Sunday, May 11, 4-6pm
Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Parents and children will have the chance to participate in three short demo lessons and an international sing-along. Each child will receive a passport, which will be stamped at each language or music lesson attended, and there will be opportunity for tuition discounts and door prizes.
Language Lesson Choices: Spanish, Mandarin and French. There will be a storytime in each language, designed to expose children to the basic vocabulary of colors, counting and food.
Music Lesson Choices: Intro to Suzuki Violin, a Musikgarten parent-child sampler and intro to classical guitar.
To RSVP, call 773-772-7877 or visit www.languagestars.com/mic.
About Language Stars: Language Stars, the national leader in early childhood foreign language education, teaches foreign language classes for kids between the ages of 1 and 10 years old focusing on the window of opportunity between birth and 10 years of age when a child's brain is hardwired to learn any language naturally and easily. Their mission is to change how and when children learn a foreign language to foster a new generation of multi-lingual Americans. Language Stars has 25 locations in the Chicago, Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas and is in 150 public, private and parochial schools, including preschools, elementary schools and middle schools. Language Stars currently reaches over 10,000 toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students each week, helping them move toward proficiency in a foreign language, build cognitive skills and become sensitive to new cultures. Language Stars has 15 locations in the Chicagoland area including Arlington Heights, Barrington, Chicago/Andersonville, Chicago/Hyde Park, Chicago/Lincoln Park, Deerfield/Lake Forest, Hinsdale/Oak Brook, Naperville, Wilmette/Evanston, Crystal Lake, Geneva/St. Charles, Homewood/Flossmoor, Orland Park, Park Ridge and Wheaton. For more information, visit www.languagestars.com.
About the Music Institute of Chicago: The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, its mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute's teachers and arts therapists reach thousands of students and clients of all ages and levels of experience. The Music Institute opened a new location this fall at Fourth Presbyterian Church's Gratz Center in downtown Chicago. Other Music Institute locations include Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, creative arts therapy, and concerts through its Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA), and Nichols Concert Hall.