Optimizing the Learning Environment
The physical environment where learning occurs, including room size, lighting, air quality, and absence of noise, has been recognized as an important factor in achieving positive learning outcomes (Evans, G. (2006), Child Development and the Physical Environment, Annual Review of Psychology, 57, 423-451).
Physical space, in particular, may have a significant impact on a child’s development and educational progress, not the least in the early stages of learning. According to leading educational theorists and instruction practitioners, such as Jean Piaget, Heinz Werner and Maria Montessori, the child’s environment plays a crucial role in his or her development.
Educational environments ought to provide mental stimuli, offer the opportunity to explore, test and investigate, and serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for an enriching learning experience (Berris, R & Miller, E. (2011), How Design of Physical Environment Impacts Early Learning: Educators and Parents Perspectives, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36(4)).
See further, Moore, G. (1987), The Physical Environment and Cognitive Development in Child-Care Centres, In C. Weinstein & T. David (Eds.), Spaces for Children: The Built Environment and Child Development (pp.41-72), New York: Plenum Press; Moore, G. & T. Sugiyama (2007), The Children's Physical Environment Rating Scale (CPERS): Reliability and Validity for Assessing the Physical Environment of Early Childhood Educational Facilities, Children, Youth and Environment, 17(4), 24-53.
At Heritage Music Academy, we have designed the premises and teaching rooms with our students’ best interests in mind, so as to optimize the learning environment.
Our teaching rooms are both functional and spacious, each containing either a grand piano or a professional level upright. There is ample natural light at the Academy, every room has air intakes and air outlets for enhanced air quality, and technologically advanced soundproofing ensures minimal distraction from surrounding musical activities.
The generously dimensioned teaching rooms at Heritage Music Academy enable us to conduct group lessons, chamber music sessions, and ensemble rehearsals. Parents are encouraged to attend lessons and observe, and assist with their child’s interim home learning.
We pride ourselves on offering a scent free learning environment, free from air-fresheners and sanitizers, for a better educational milieu and with your and your child’s health as an objective.
We provide Wi-Fi, CD players, recording equipment, metronomes, and high-resolution screens for watching music videos and accessing educational media.
Whereas our sheet music library is well stocked, we can order books, music, and other learning material as required, and we also have a stringed instrument rental program. For security and peace of mind, all teaching areas of the Academy are monitored.
To complement our first class facilities, all teachers at Heritage Music Academy have higher education credentials with substantive teaching experience or professional performance background.
We invite you to visit us at Heritage Music Academy, and see the facilities we offer for a beneficial and enjoyable learning experience.
We believe that it is your prerogative to make a comparison with other music schools in the area, considering the size of studios, standard of pianos, natural light where teaching takes place, air quality, ventilation, noise levels, and, for your health and well-being, whether the other school provides a scent and chemical free learning environment.
Call 647-478-8179 or email us today to book a free introductory 30 min lesson!