credit: Stephanie Ablett
~ Katie D. (daughter, 4)
~Stephanie P. (son, 2)
"Ben has a warm and charismatic personality that both the kids and adults really enjoy. He is very approachable and builds relationships with the individuals in his group. It is amazing to watch the kids interact comfortably with Ben after only a short time. He uses humour and playfulness to engage both kids and adults, making it fun and friendly for everyone involved.
"Ben is an empathetic and dynamic teacher. He picks up on kids' personalities and interests and adapts both the songs and his methods in response. For example, he gets kids involved in making up new words to the songs. He also uses many different modalities in his approach. Through dancing and actions kids learn kinesthetically and develop their fine and gross motor skills. Ben incorporates tactile learning through the use of a variety of instruments and even everyday household objects. Visual and auditory learning are combined through the use of stories and pictures along with the music itself. Ben also teaches us as parents about how particular elements of a song (rhythm, melody, words, or sounds) relate to children's cognitive development, and how we can continue to appreciate and use these elements on our own.
"Ben is amazing at making music a very positive social experience. Our son is often very shy in large group settings, so as parents we feel it is important that he have positive experiences in these situations. Through Ben's approach we have watched our son become more comfortable and confident. He now participates more readily in group settings as a result. Ben effectively leads a whole group of kids and their parents in cooperative activities in which everyone ends up singing, playing, dancing and laughing.
Our kids come home from "Ben's music class" still singing the songs, and they continue to sing until the next time we get to go."
~ Billy & Julia (son 4, & daughter 1)