The Childbloom Guitar program is a comprehensive musical education program for children ages 5 and up. It was developed in 1980 by Kevin Taylor, of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. The Childbloom Guitar Method is currently being used by educators throughout the nation and is the largest program of its kind in the United States.
The Childbloom method of guitar instruction focuses on using playful, accessible songs and activities to help students develop confidence, motivation, and a love for music. Our curriculum and positive, low-pressure teaching environment is structured to give students fun learning experiences that are appropriate to their age and development level, while helping them develop good technique, expressive playing, and music reading skills.
The Missoula Childbloom Guitar Program was established in 1996, and has been under the direction of Nathan Zavalney since September 2000. Missoula Childbloom has received numerous awards recognizing the high level of our teaching quality, including the national "Outstanding Childbloom Program " award in 2010.
Our program is built around providing a supportive, community oriented musical experience for students and families. Classes are small group format, 2-4 kids of the same age and ability, giving the opportunity for interactive music making with peers, as well as individual attention for each student. We consistently offer students opportunities for community group music events and motivational activities such as contests, jam sessions, student concerts, and performance ensembles.
Parents are an important part of their child's learning process. To this end, we strongly encourage parents are to attend the lesson with their child. "We have found," says founder Kevin Taylor, "that the more parents are involved in this process, the faster the student learns, the more the student learns, and the more persistent the student will be."
Many parents involved in the Childbloom Program do not have a musical background. This is not an issue, as we provide tools for even the most non-musical parent to be able to support their child's learning. Along with written materials and recordings of the music your child will be learning, parents are provided with strategies for helping guide your child’s skill development, tips for practicing at home, national contests for students to enter, and suggestions for dealing with challenging issues.
Note: For student performance clips, links to excellent guitar resource websites, and more information on the Childbloom Guitar Program visit the national website via the following link: www.childbloom.com (new window will open).
"My 9-year-old boy has been taking guitar lessons at Childbloom for 3 years now. And he loves it. His instructor has always brought out the best in the 3 high-energy boys in the group lesson. He helps them focus and learn in a really fun way. They know scores of songs now of increasing difficulty. And they play with musicality. And when any one takes the focus away (as nine-year-olds will do), the teacher has a great way of turning their distractions into fun, creative ways to make music by pulling out exotic instruments, having them play behind their back, each contributing a repetitive sound to the collective "noise machine," balancing one more stuffed animal on their heads with each successful repetition of a tricky part of the song or any number of ways that he's figured out kids respond to over the years. It's great."
"Missoula Childbloom is an amazing program and I cant imagine not giving my children this experience. I am not a musician but my kids are, they learn to play at a pace they understand, they read music, they have fun and they are proud of their accomplishments. Music has opened their minds and they've learned to understand and appreciate music on a level I dont understand. I wish I would've had this opportunity as a child. Sign your children up and stick with it, it will change their lives and yours. I would highly recommend this program!"