Rhinegold Tse Karana Karen


Strings & Keyboard Musik Programme: How young children can learn classical instruments easily

7:53, 6th September 2019

String & Keyboard Musik Programme founder Tse Karana Karen has been teaching music to children and recognised that while children were learning instruments they may not be appreciating the learning experience, in turn affecting their progress. She decided to develop music lessons that help children develop music foundations easier and at the same time allowing them an opportunity to enjoy the learning process as well.

Music is inseparable from Karen’s life. In addition to learning piano as part of her recovery process from brain trauma surgery she had in her early childhood, Karen later studied music therapy after moving to Canada with her family. Later, Karen returned to Hong Kong to become a full-time music piano teacher, and later taught the harp and violin as well.

After teaching music with these three instruments in Hong Kong for nearly a decade, Karen’s passion and dedication to music over the years had inspired her to create the String and Keyboard Musik Programme in 2015 to teach young children music in captivating and non-traditional ways. The programme strives to stimulate students towards a more eager and proactive approach in engaging music.

Designing instruments with coloured keys and strings allow young beginner students to easily learn the foundations of playing their instrument.  All courses in the String & Keyboard Musik Programme are taught with bespoke coloured mini-instruments, along with workbooks, flashcards and a proprietary learning app. These are all designed to help children develop their interest in music from the outset.

The String & Keyboard Musik programme is available from beginner to advanced courses. Coloured mini-instruments include piano, harp and violin.  Keys and strings are coloured to help young children memorise and learn the music alphabet easier. Karen also notes how two to three-year-old children’s finger muscles are not mature and may experience difficulties playing the traditional piano keys.  Hence the mini piano keyboard is made of lighter silicon allowing young children to play the keys more easily.

Once students develop familiarity the keys and strings, they will continue the programme with conventional versions of the instruments.

Karen feels that coloured instruments (pictured, left) can help enhance the children’s learning. ‘I find it difficult for children to start learning instruments in the traditional way of learn-to-know the musical alphabet. Children’s eyes are more sensitive to colour than the alphabet, so I hope to use colour to learn the scales and slowly build interest.’

Learning music has many benefits for children. It can improve early childhood brain development and develop coordination as well as strengthen memory and wrist muscles with regular practice.

A tablet learning app complements the programme by allowing students to continue their studies anywhere after attending the course. Individual student account profiles are available allowing for accurate progress tracking and tailoring of learning experiences which further enhances the learning app’s role in the student’s overall performance in the programme.


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