At its inception, the school’s vision centered upon the relationship between music education and the immersion process of learning a second language. They are partners in a full education. Though the national trend is to reduce this component of education, we believe that a strong music art curriculum lays the foundation for strong mathematical and scientific intelligence. All grade levels at L’Ecole Française du Maine are immersed in our Music Arts Program, which includes the Music Together In School Program from Early Childhood through grade 1, music theory taught through ukulele in the elementary grades,and a Choral Program and an opportunity for private Suzuki lessons on site during the school day.
Music Together: (from Music Together) “The international Music Together program has been offered worldwide for more than twenty-five years. The comprehensive Music Together In School curriculum for children from birth through second grade offers early learning settings a consistently high level of music education that’s geared to the way children learn. Children can enjoy a playful learning environment that’s musically rich, yet immediately accessible to their-and their teacher’s-participation. Teachers love the professional development and family engagement at the root of the program. And parents love that the music comes home, so they can share in the experience. The curriculum supports the work of classroom teachers and engages parents, in addition to supporting each child’s music and overall development.”
Ukulele and Music Theory: What fun to apply the musical skills learned in the early years to playing the ukulele with friends! Playing the ukulele is a wonderful way to develop musical skills and learn theory, all the while gaining music appreciation through an instrument that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Our students enjoy practicing together, singing along, and performing for family and friends!
Suzuki Program: The immersion method is Listen and Learn. The Suzuki method is the same. We’re proud to work in collaboration with the Maine Suzuki Association to offer our students private, on-site Suzuki lessons in piano, guitar, violin and cello. Parent involvement is required for private lessons.
Choral Program: Our school “Chorale,” comprised of all students, practices weekly with our Chorus leaders and accompanist. The “Chorale” often performs during our monthly school community events, which are a key component of the music program. These community performances may also include musical pieces from Suzuki students, and general songs, dances and skits.
Benjamin Noyes grew up in Portland, ME, inheriting a rich musical/pedagogical heritage from his parents. He found local acclaim immediately and while attending Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Irene Sharp invited him to study in San Francisco where he attended the School of the Arts and San Francisco Conservatory’s preparatory division. He won numerous awards, including top prizes in NFAA’s ARTS Recognition Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, the National ASTA competition, as well as being selected by Yo-Yo Ma to participate as soloist and recitalist throughout China to perform with the Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzen and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. As a fellowship recipient he attended the Tanglewood Institute, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Yale summer festival at Norfolk, Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Festival, and the Meadowmount program. He attended Eastman School of Music, received his BM from Rice University and his Masters degree from Northwestern University. A multi-faceted individual, Benjamin Noyes has as many talents as interests. His career currently finds him collaborating and participating in performances around the country as well as teaching, coaching, and motivating individuals of all ages and professions. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Always aware of his classical roots, he has further ventured into composition, recording and producing.