Want to introduce a foreign language to your child? How about learning it through a fun and novel way? We offer Mandarin Chinese early childhood music and movement classes.
Chances are when you were little, you sang the ABCs to learn your alphabet and you can still remember many songs you sang in your childhood. Mandarin is a tonal language so music is especially effective in helping one learn this language.
In our classes, we sing, move, play instruments, tell stories, and use puppets. We learn the four tones of Mandarin through instrument-play. By employing these different modalities, our classes will appeal to all types of learners - visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile. Ms Sharon provides live music with her acoustic guitar and other instruments through a carefully developed curriculum and many original songs.
These classes are suitable for children 7 and under. You do not need prior knowledge of Mandarin as the teacher will explain in English and may use basic ASL during class. Song sheets are provided beforehand to enable non-native Mandarin speakers to follow along. Ms Sharon will tailor the class according to the Mandarin fluency of the class and both native and non-native Mandarin speakers are encouraged to join.
Edited clip from a class
I was interviewed in 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC where I founded Heart Strings Mandarin.
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WHAT PARENTS SAY?
"My daughter just completed a year's worth of Heart Strings Mandarin classes with Sharon. I'm not sure who enjoyed the classes more- my daughter or I! In every class, Sharon's knowledge of second language acquisition and best practices for teaching were evident. Classes are fun and interactive. Sharon uses puppets, musical instruments, the always popular parachute, and numerous other props to engage her students and reinforce concepts. The songs used to teach Mandarin, many of which Sharon composed herself, are infectious and fun to sing. Frequently, my daughter asks to sing songs learned in class. We have really enjoyed the classes and highly recommend them! You would be hard pressed to find a teacher as approachable, friendly, and passionate about teaching Mandarin to children as Sharon 老师."
- Jennifer Galassi
"We are a Spanish speaking family and my 3 year old daughter goes to a Spanish immersion preschool. She speaks both English and Spanish. But on Saturdays we go to Ms. Sharon's Chinese music class and she loves all the songs and games they play. I find her singing the Chinese songs at home and repeating the vocabulary while playing pretend. It is very exiting to see her growing and learning three languages. We appreciate the interactivity of the class. In half an hour Ms. Sharon manages to do puppets, story book, instruments, group dancing, parachute, games and many songs. Ms. Sharon is an amazing teacher and we enjoy bringing our daughter to her classes."
"What my daughter has learned over the last 8 months is mind-boggling. She knows the words to songs and sings along enthusiastically in class. I can hum a tune and she'll jump in with the words. She and her older brother (in the Mandarin DL program) can sing some songs together. They compare vocabulary they know for family members, animals, and colors. They like to have a new and special language they can share. The combination of characters, music, and movement in Heart Strings Mandarin classes is age-appropriate. It warms my heart that she's picked up so much so quickly and that our two children have a shared experience though they're learning separately."
— Alyssa Crockett
"This past Tuesday my 3 kids (ages 4, 6 and 8) trialed Sharon Gan's Heart Strings Mandarin Music class. This was hands down the BEST Mandarin class my 3 kids have ever taken all together. I was shocked that my 8 year old was interested because it was geared towards younger kids. Actually, I was shocked as well that my 4 year old wiggly son was engaged the entire lesson!! Sharon went all out in her class and it was super fun for me to watch my kids enjoying a music class while learning Mandarin." - Brittany
"I personally want to thank you as it has been a struggle to find a good fit for our daughter. She wants to learn Chinese but none of the previous online classes worked for us. I'm so glad you helped ignite her interest in Chinese again. E is playing the guitar and singing after your class." - Esther L
"It has been a wonderful experience with Sharon for my little ones during the pandemic! Immerse language learning in a very fun way! Especially my 4 yr old son who is quite sensitive to any new changes adapted quickly to these Zoom music sections. And are giving much more interactions in the classes than I expected. He also gained a lot of confidence of speaking (or at least sing in) Chinese. We truly appreciate Sharon’s work and looking forward attending her in-person classes when everything gets to ‘normal’. "
"My kids have thoroughly enjoyed your music class. This past year was challenging due to the pandemic, and your classes brought joy to my kids. Thank you for all that you do for all your students- it's so apparent that you love what you do day in and day out."
"Sharon is a phenomenal teacher and is able to keep even my 20 month old daughter engaged during her lessons! She is also great at differentiating instruction for learner's of all ages and ability levels. Both my 5 year old and 20 month old took away different things from the lessons. We love the class and love the songs. Sometimes the songs stay in our heads for the rest of the day and for many days after!!" - Amy Tsugawa
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