Mini Musicians hold birthday bash

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Children and their parents were treated to a morning of musical fun on Saturday when Mini Musicians held its third birthday bash.

Three-year-old Niamh Tracey was one of the children who took part in the activities during the Mini Musicians birthday celebration on January 11. Children could play musical instruments, have their face painted, play games and enjoy cake.

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Children were dancing, playing instruments and games, having their faces painted and eating cake in the Douglas Street School gymnasium during the celebration.

“This is our third community birthday event,” said Beth Terry, who created the Mini Musicians program. “I started creating the program about five years ago. I noticed there were a lot of sports activities and arts were being cut in schools. I thought it would be nice for young children to have an early start in music, with something non-competitive.

“Being involved with music at an early age helps with reasoning and mathematics and it’s a great way for children and parents to bond.”

There is a program for those as young as six months of age, with classes to teach basics available once a child is two years old. Terry teaches children through games and other fun activities. She also offers instruction for adults.

Her husband, Christopher, and three of her children play a wide variety of instruments, while her youngest shows an interest by beating on whatever is available.

 “The way some people need to run, I need music,” said Terry. “When I was in university I missed my piano. Once I settled in Nova Scotia my parents sent my piano from Newfoundland and it was wonderful to sit down and play it again.

“I get a lot of joy from teaching. It’s a benefit to me and it helps others.”

More information can be found online at www.minimusicians.ca .

Organizations: Douglas Street School

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland

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