Local teacher spreading his love of music

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EXETER – Local private music teacher Christy Boersma takes her love of music and shares it in a program designed to help students develop their musical skills at a young age.

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Boersma, who is originally from the Belleville area and now lives just east of Exeter with her husband Stephen at their Yellow Brick Acres farm, started playing the piano aged four. She continued acting throughout school and “by the time I finished high school, I was really hooked,” she recently told The Times-Advance.

She pursued her love of music with an undergraduate degree at Western University followed by a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, including private lessons, university courses, high school courses and recreational courses for adults. After marrying Stephen in March 2021, she opened Boersma Studios in their Exeter area home.

Boersma teaches all ages and levels and said the oldest student she taught was 87. She is also excited to introduce a program to the area called Music Together for children aged zero to five. The program is described in a press release as “an early childhood music and movement program,” and one of Boersma’s students is just four months old. Music Together was launched in 1987 and is all about learning through play.

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“I’m really happy with the program,” Boersma said. “It’s very well put together. It’s very research-based, which I really like. It’s about how children learn music and how we can support that in the best way. It sounds really fun and playful and silly, but there’s actually a ton of research behind it and learning going on.

Boersma teaches Music Together in a group setting including parents. She said children learn music the same way they learn language, and Music Together is designed to be an immersive process in which children hear music and begin to respond.

“We sing and move, the parents and I. The children are just there to be immersed and participate in whatever way they are ready,” Boersma said.

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“It was fun,” she said of the classes. “It’s so fun to watch them light up with the music.”

Boersma said she wanted to add the program to her studio because she noticed that some of her students lacked this fundamental musical exposure. She said a foundation allows a child to learn music in a formal setting according to their age.

Asked about the benefits of music lessons, Boersma said, “I think music is an integral part of being human, and that’s something I relearned watching the little kids come into my class. It just enlightens them. Music is part of being a person. Personally, for me, it’s a huge form of self-expression for me, and I think it can be true for others too. Many people will tell you that it is therapeutic in different ways.

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Boersma offers Music Together on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. While classes are held in 10-week cycles, students can join at any time. The program includes an illustrated songbook and includes music from many different cultures and styles.

“I’m very excited to bring it to Huron County,” Boersma said of Music Together.

Music Together also includes an app that students can use with their families at home.

Boersma described teaching as a rewarding experience and she said she enjoys seeing her students succeed at the piano.

“I love being able to find a song that they really connect with and see them have that experience of being able to make music themselves and bring that to life.”

Boersma said much of her training was in classical music, but in her private lessons she finds what interests students.

“I’ll teach them the basics no matter what, but I can definitely adapt to whatever musical style they want to learn. It depends on the student. »

She said things have been going well since she opened her studio and had a lot of new students and inquiries recently.

For more information, visit christygn.com or email [email protected]

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