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Wendy and Jeremy Reymer
“ After living in New York City for almost ten years, I was envious of the young people who at the tender age of four and five could use chopsticks, eat at elegant restaurants with poise and interact with adults as easily as their own peers. ‘How did these little human beings do it?’ They were walking, talking, tiny adults and to be quite frank, not only was I envious, I was determined to give my kids that upper edge too.
When our family moved to Westfield, Indiana, a few years ago, I wanted the best of both worlds, a great place for my kids to grow, as well as the educational tools to not only give them an edge in Indiana and New York City but the World. I knew instilling concepts in a child was important at an early age, and similar to good schools, good music, I knew the earlier you introduced them, the more likely they would adapt. Therefore, the International Talent Academy caught my eye at first glance.
My three-year old son Benjamin is an extremely jubilant little boy. He enjoys meeting new people and trying new things. My challenge as a parent was to find a place that would be amendable to his needs at such a young age, while having fun. He started with the Language Enrichment program, which let him be with kids age three to five. These young minds put words together, created a story and presented a play for their parents. I was quite proud to attend his first play at only age 3! Benjamin asked to do more, so, I enrolled him in Logic class. When I arrived to pick him up one evening after class, he extended his hand to shake my hand, looked me in the eye, and said “Good Evening, Mommy. How are you?” Such a pleasant evening gesture, prompted me to take him to dinner right then and there!
Benjamin continues to take classes with The International Talent Academy. He’s having a fabulous experience, writing his letters, and putting letters together to make words, while at the same time learning life skills.
Feeling comfortable among peers, among adults in a variety of situations is a learned behavior for some children and I realize this takes time but I am glad that Benjamin has a jump start with these programs. It’s never too early to equip him with tools for success as he grows. I look forward to him continuing a variety of classes at The International Talent Academy, because regardless of if we live a small town or a big city, one constant that is guaranteed, is proper etiquette is always in style.”
“Presley was two and a half when Ms. Tatyana accepted her early into the piano program. Presley loved the performing arts at an early age and so I thought we would give the trial lesson a try. I was thrilled when she enjoyed the lesson. Now that she is five we have continued piano and branched out to show choir and theater. These are her favorite things to do and I believe she has improved her math and writing skills because of the early lessons. Ms. Tatyana had her holding a pencil, clapping rhythms and learning keys, notes and sounds early on. I learned that my child could do much more than I had ever expected and the sense of accomplishment she felt was heartwarming. When Ms. Tatyana brought an expert on early childhood learning to town I was THERE. It was fascinating what children can do and enjoy doing. And how easy it is to find a teachable moment! ”
“ Our daughter Aksedep has had a very positive and enriching experience with ITA. Since she was 3 years old, she was involved in and enjoyed many of the ITA great programs: piano lessons, logic games, Etiquette Kingdom, Music for Little Mozarts, Show Choir, and Stage Adventures. Aksedep had a lot of fun, made new friends, and was able to test her interests and talents. ITA has helped her develop her special talent in music. Most recently, she won an Honorable Mention award at the Young Performer’s Showcase sponsored by Piano Solutions. We are very thankful to ITA for the excellent high level child development and talent development programs it offers to our children! ”
“ I have been dancing for 2 years now. Dance is a way to express your feelings, and that is why I love it! I have performed at many events like Ballroom Bash at Murat Theater, CarmelFest, Fever’s Game at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and Musical Theater Christmas show. Dance has taught me to learn from my mistakes, and I hope I will inspire more kids to dance! ”
Mrs. Sherry Kassing
“ International Talent Academy is one of the few Performing Arts Schools that allow children to begin piano lessons at the age of three. Our twins, Luke and Sophia, have been taking piano lessons for two years at International Talent Academy. They are currently able to read, play, and memorize music at the age of five! Ms. Tatyana Komarova, executive director, and her staff are committed to programs that enhance early brain development in children. It has been amazing to see the impact ITA has had on our children! They truly are a loving, supportive, and dedicated staff who clearly loves teaching children. ”
Julia J. Bowman
“ The Primrose School at WestClay and Brigewater has had a strong relationship with the International Talent Academy for several years. This relationship has continued to grow due to the positive impact the program has had on our students. Parents are happy to have their children receiving quality piano lessons while at preschool and are even more pleased with the results. The piano teachers have always been dedicated and educationally appropriate for preschool students. It is our hope that we can continue to offer this program to our families through the International Talent Academy. ”
" ITA's American Girl program has been an incredible experience for my daughter and I feel so fortunate that such an opportunity is available. The content of the program is unlike any class available elsewhere, teaching the girls excellent core values, how to make good choices in day to day situations and how to treat themselves and others with respect. My daughter came home from every class having learned something very valuable in everyday life and feeling so good inside. The instructor, Miss Joni, has an ability with young girls like no other and my daughter looks forward to more classes in the future. "
" Emma loved learning the proper way to conduct herself at meals. She taught the rest of the family about "crumb catchers" and how to hold a cracker while eating. I was so impressed by what she learned from the class that I wanted to take the class for myself! We returned to the class simply as a refresher. I think there is a benefit to periodically revisiting these types of lessons.
- I am not sure what was different about today's class, but Emma came home excited about what she had learned! She surprised us by setting the table, complete with bread plates, and dessert and salad forks.
- One more follow up: I was thrilled to hear Emma at dinner last night telling me about how nice it is to send a thank you note for a present, that it is polite to keep your other arm on your lap while eating, and how to wipe her mouth with the napkin. She is implementing the skills being taught in the class in a meaningful way. Thanks again for the excellent programming! "
"My son really enjoys the Etiquette kingdom program at the Moonon center. The staff is nice and the way she teaches is very attractive to my son. (Food and games! Not just lecture). My son learned a lot from the program, like how to use fork and knife at the table, talking politely on the phone, eye contacts when talking to people.... The program really changed my son's daily life. I really appreciate it."
" Presley began piano lessons at 2 1/2 with "Miss Tatyana" and has always loved it. She looks forward to it each week and although we don't own a piano yet, she stops to practice each time she sees one anywhere. Tatyana makes it fun for her and at the same time treats it with the seriousness and expectation of a professional. The program also helped Presley to identify her letters faster. I feel that the benefits of this program far outweigh the costs and have recommended it to all my friends. "