Private music teachers, university instructors, and conservatory instructors all agreed – teaching piano performance and advanced musical concepts such as the circle of fifths, transposition, and composition, to children as young as three years old was not a sensible thing to do. Children of that age could not master such manually difficult and theoretically obscure things.
Music for Young Children thinks otherwise.
Started in 1980 in Canada, Music for Young Children faced skepticism from all except those courageous to try the program. In May of 1980 there were 40 students.
In March 2013, there were more than 24,000 Music for Young Children students, of whom 10,000 (including three and four year olds) took part in MYC International Composition Festival now in its 26th year and the largest in the world of its kind.