Using a small-group approach to music education, Young Child provides a pressure-free developmentally appropriate transition where children can musically succeed before taking on specific instrumental or vocal instruction. Children develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation, and vocabulary of music and its greatest composers.
In small, movement-oriented classes, your child develops their greatest instrument – the voice – while learning the symbols and vocabulary of music making. Children will gain hands-on experience with a range of musical instruments, including the glockenspiel, dulcimer and recorder during the course of this 4-semester pr0gramme. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to attend the last 10-15 minutes of class.
Our first Young Child semester for 2012 commences mid-February and will introduce the glockenspiel, a beautiful hand-crafted instrument with individually hand-drilled keys for accurate pitch. Children love creating melodies on this delightful sounding instrument.
Click here for class information for Semester 2, 2012
About the Classes
Age Range: 4½ to 7 years
Class Structure: 15 classes in a semester
Class Length: 45-60 minute class each week
Class Size: Class with no more than 8 children
Parent Involvement: Last 5-10 minutes of class
What A Parent And Child Will Experience In Class
- Singing and vocal development — It may sound like a foreign language when a child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the language of professional musicians and composers and getting young children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
- Movement — See children dance expressively to music, giving them the practice they need to coordinate their body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well.
- Reading and writing — Young children will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually even composing their own music.
- Focused listening — Children will learn to identify a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.
- Exploring and playing musical instruments — Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose children to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction.
Class and Materials Cost:
- 15 x 60 minute classes over 2 terms (developmentally appropriate curriculum for parents and children, ages 4½-7 years)
- At Home Materials (including a music folder with stickers, At Home Cards, a Family Songbook, instrument – wind, string, or pre-keyboard instrument depending on the semester, CD of music from class in a canvas carry bag.
- Total $315 (includes all tuition and Home Materials)
- Earlybird Option (pay in full in advance): Total $270
Missed the start of the semester? No problem, tuition can be pro-rated for you and the Earlybird discount is still available for payments made in full at time of registration. Come along to an existing class for a free trial. Contact Verna for more information M: 0415 482 264 or email