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  • Early Learning Music is all about sharing music

    with your child aged birth to 4 years

    George loves Early Learning Music classes

    George, 6 months, loves Mum singing “10 Big Toes” to the tune of 10 Little Indians at Early Learning Music classes

     

    Parents and Caregivers are a child’s most important teachers.

    Young children learn to appreciate music by seeing people they love enjoying music.

    Early Learning Music classes are designed to assist you in learning how to share singing, dancing, playing percussion and other musical activities with your child, no matter what your musical ability.

    Your children love and need the sound of your voice.
    Your baby doesn’t care if you can’t sing, but he just loves it when you do sing. It gives baby great joy to hear you sing and clap! It makes you happy too. Music brightens everyone’s day. Baby is ready to learn from a very early age.

    You can make meaningful music with your child at home with confidence knowing that you are using time tested educational teaching techniques learnt at lesson. When your baby is very young, under 2 months of age, you may think he is not listening because he does not respond in the way we are used to, with obvious reactions….but he is! He is taking in all the world around him, especially stimulation from you.

    Baby George, pictured tickling his Mum’s toes, lives on a remote station in NSW. His Dad, James, and Mum, Heidi, would love to take George to weekly music classes but there are none nearby.

    To attend Playgroup once in a while they have to take a three day round trip to Broken Hill.

    After George was born Heidi asked me for some musical ideas that she and James could share with him on the station. Together we chose some CD’s, some scarves, a  baby percussion set and a few props such as balls and hoops. I shared music ideas and songs with Heidi over the phone and she added her own unique creativity to her regular music time with George.

    Recently Heidi shared a story about how George chose to communicate using hand signs they had learnt in classes.

    “Mum, something really funny happened today. We have been giving George musical moments quite a bit this year, even though at first we didn’t think he was really even listening. We have been doing sign language as you suggested as well. Do you remember that I told you that he pumps his fingers in and out to make a fist and points to me when he wants a feed? Well I taught him to point and say “up” when he wants me to pick him up instead of going, “a,a,a,a” and pulling on my leg impatiently. Today I picked him up after he asked and when the phone rang a few minutes later he started saying “up” and pointing again. It was so funny.

    Heidi reads to George 14 months

    Heidi reads to George aged 14 months

    I think he is really getting the idea that he can communicate with his hands. It is so good to be able to give George what he needs at this in between age before he can talk properly. The fact that he doesn’t scream at me saves us a lot of tears. I think that doing music activities since he was a very young baby has really helped us learn about how to communicate with him.” Babies learn something new every day.

    Regular patterns, rhythms and singing are a natural part of life.

    When did babies and toddlers learn to jig up and down and sway side to side when they hear music? We didn’t teach them to do this. In fact we are surprised and delighted when we see their natural response.

    We laugh and clap and start jigging along with them to encourage them. They smile and clap as well, copying our response to their response to the music.

    Why do we rock babies to sleep?
    Why do we sing to them to soothe them?

    We are doing what comes naturally. We sing for comfort, rock for calmness, pat to placate, hum to relieve tension and so on.

    Embedding actions through encouragement.

    Ready, set, go! Hunter starts walking Music Matters

    Ready, set, go! Hunter loves Early Learning Music!

    As they grow we encourage our children’s efforts to crawl, walk, clap, smile and wave goodbye. Whatever is encouraged is repeated and becomes part of the child’s life and way of being.
    These encouraging actions develop trust between you and your child. When you notice your child’s incremental development growth stages you encourage him (or her) to continue and to build on his efforts. Without really knowing it your child is trusting your direction and choice of learning opportunities for him to develop fully during these stages.

    As parents we have a huge influence over our children and with this comes a great responsibility and privilege.

    Building on natural musical ability reinforces life long learning.

    Hunter learnt to take care of the piani at Early Learing Music classes

    Hunter, aged 4 years, sings and “plays” in his pretend concert. Early Learning Music classes develop confidence.

    By developing your child’s natural music ability you are giving them a head start to learning how to learn. Many basic skills your child will need as he grows into childhood are addressed at Early Learning Music classes.

    He or she will learn:

    • to listen: focussed listening skills
    • to move appropriately: development of fine and gross motor movements
    • self control, cooperation: go/stop and communication skills
    • to share: taking turns, waiting, listening to peers
    • to contribute: adding value to lessons by participating
    • to think creatively: percussion, colour, movement, a variety of sounds and songs
    •  to remember: develop memory skills involving patterns, words, counting.

    and so much more. All the while you are spending quality one to one time with your child and learning valuable teaching skills that will last you both a lifetime. My children are now teaching their children how to enjoy music. What a thrill to see your own grandchildren developing healthy, happy ways to grow!

    Enrolment is super easy: just call me today on 0418 563 226 or email musicmatter@nullyahoo.com and will send you an enrolment form by email.

    Presenting new information to young children.

    Five Finger Numbers for each hand

    Children are quick to learn if information is presented in a sequential way, step by step, and in an age appropriate manner. A heavy suitcase is inappropriate for a small child to carry, but as his muscles mature he can handle more weight…gradually.

    It is the same with knowledge. The brain grows at different stages. Knowing the stages of child development helps you, as a parent or as a teacher, plan what information to offer children at different ages.

    This key unlocks the clue to presenting new information to very young children whether learning music or any other educational subject. At Early Learning Music classes we have:

    •  age appropriate activities and information which are delivered stage by stage. Each new stage builds on the one before and is introduced only when the child is ready.
    •  plenty of time for free play to explore the new ideas. Babies and children need time to “work” at perfecting new skills.
    • new information presented in different ways, using all the senses. Touch, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Sight.

     

  • Routine

    Percussion Music Matters

    Percussion playing is a big part of Early Learning Music classes.

    Early Learning Music lessons develop a strong routine for your child. The Hello and Goodbye songs signal the start and end of each lesson. These are songs you can sing to your baby when he wakes up and when you are saying goodbye to a friend or after visiting family members.

    Lessons include a balanced combination or repetition and new experiences. We use the process of “patterning” to reinforce repeated actions, movement, songs and concepts to stimulate large areas of baby’s brain. Patterning is simply recognition, repetition, and layering of various concepts.

    Age appropriate movement

    Early Learning Music classes mirror fun

    Hunter, aged 4 months, exercises neck and back muscles at Early Learning Music classes

    Babies love rocking, swaying and being held in different positions while you move to music. Not only is it stimulating for their vestibular, or balance system, it allows them to see the world from a different perspective. For older babies gross motor movement introduces opposites such as near/far, up/down etc. The use of mirrors in class encourages strengthening head and neck muscles and babies love it!

    Babies often start to roll over in class over for the first time which is very exciting for everyone!

    Musical activities

    Respecting the developmental stages of your child, musical activities include singing and rhymes to develop language skills, instrumental play which nurtures aural awareness and story telling from books and story boards to encourage literacy. Traditional Nursery Rhymes are used but the words can be changed to suit your child’s milestones. For instance Pop Goes the Weasel has little meaning in our day, but substituting your child’s name and including an action they can do will make it meaningful for them. Classical music is introduced for its qualities to enrich the heart and sooth the soul.

    Finger Play

    Your baby loves finger and hand games. Baby’s fingers are her first toy. Fascination with all things fingers and hands is important for development of hand eye co-ordination and fine motor control. Great finger plays include the traditional Incy Wincey Spider,  Where is Thumbkin, This Little Piggy went to Market and Five Little Ducks, to name a few.

    Rhythm

    Gentle Body Percussion songs such as Pat-A-Cake involve baby in rhythm and giggles all at once. Great for parents, fun for babies, rhythm games and songs lay a solid foundation for learning musical instruments and singing. The whole body is involved, giving deeper meaning to musical experiences. The many benefits of  Body Percussion and Drumming are well known.

    Group Activity

    Each Early Learning Music lesson includes a group activity where your child builds social skills. Babies love meeting other babies. There’s always a photo opportunity here!

    Enrolment is super easy: just call me today on 0418 563 226 or email musicmatter@nullyahoo.com and will send you an enrolment form by email.

    Musical activities you can do with your baby

     

  • James and George enjoy playing together at Early Learing Music classes

    George, aged 1 year, toots his train whistle along with dad, James.  Early Learning Music classes encourages all the family to join in.

    Your older baby or toddler is learning quickly.

    Your baby is well and truly participating in Early Learning Music lessons at this stage.
    She is delighted at the sounds and sights of songs, colours, and percussion instruments.
    She giggles through the circle dances and her little hands reach out to grasp the books at story time.
    A well structure lesson format introduced with the “Hello Song” and closing with the “Goodbye Song” each week gives your child consistency, a well known factor in creating confidence in children.

    Routine is important for young minds and bodies. There is a time for listening, for moving, for singing, for reading and for being still.
    Preparation for focussed listening activities which help concentration are started with this age group.

    Action songs for gross motor movement and finger play for fine motor skills encourage balanced physical development.

    Whether your baby is a crawler or walker Early Learning Music classes at this age encourage her to reach out to new stimulants. Age appropriate percussion instruments are used with the CD’s.
    You are invited to bring your own favourite CD’s and reading books to lesson to share.

    Enrolment is super easy: just call me today on 0418 563 226 or email musicmatter@nullyahoo.com and will send you an enrolment form by email.

    Musical activities you can do with your child aged 1 – 2 years

     

  • Hunter learnt to take care of the piani at Early Learing Music classes

    Hunter, aged 4 years, sings and “plays” in his pretend concert. Early Learning Music classes develop confidence.

    This age group is on the GO!

    Movement is the defining factor for 3-4 year olds. Children learn best when they are moving.

    You may think your child is not listening or concentrating in class at this age. It is very common for 3-4 year olds to move around for much of the class time.

    Early Learning Music classes use a combination of movement, listening and hands-on activities to keep young ones learning as they move. Your child will be learning by absorbing  information with all 5 senses. To your surprise he or she may be able to repeat a song heard in class when you get home.

    Songs with accompanying hand or body movements are ideal at this stage of development.

    Fine motor skills are improving. Learning finger games and rhymes is educational fun which prepares for pre-school activities. Colours, numbers, alphabet and counting are introduced.

    The Circle Song or Rhyme Down by the Station gives pre-schoolers movement choices

    Down by the Station

    Early in the morning

    See the little puffer billys

    All in a row.

    See the Station Master

    Pulling on the handles

    Chuff, chuff, chuff (make lots of noise here)

    And away we go!

     Keep this song interesting and educational by exchanging verbs.

    For instance “station” can become “bus stop”, “puffer billies” can become “taxis” or “road bikes” etc. “Chuff” can become “Honk” etc.

    Choose different instruments from your child’s percussion set at home to make the different sounds.

    Encourage your child to keep their instruments quiet until you sing together “Chuff, chuff chuff”.

    Holding an instrument still is a challenge for younger children so they will need lots of encouragement. Praise them with claps and celebration when they manage this difficult skill.

     

    The Jelly Fish poem: Wriggling the paper plate Jelly Fish in each hand in turns, and saying the Jelly Fish poem  encourages your child to use memory and movement skills at the same time.

    This type of activity builds strong basic skills necessary for many daily activities such as crossing the road safely. It encourages focus on movement while something else is happening. Its also a lot of fun!!

    Playing with the tentacles without breaking them encourages the gentle touch required to play safely with toys and to play musical instruments with sensitivity. Reach down low and stretch up high as you say the poem together.

    The Jelly Fish Poem

    by Heather Nel

     

    I am a jelly fish

    Wriggling in the sea.

    Sometimes I dive down deep;

    Then you don’t see me.

     

    Sometimes I swim up high

    Nearly out of reach.

    Have you ever walked along

    And found me on the beach?

     

    Jelly Fish paper plate

    Make a Jelly Fish from 2 paper plates to encourage a gentle touch when using toys and instruments.

    Jelly Fish Image 3Jelly Fish Image 2

    Learning Finger numbers with Origami Jelly Fish

    Make five origami paper cups from paper about 4 x 4 cm square.

    Small Origami Instructions for Paper Cup JPEG

     

    Pop two sticky dot eyes on each one. Attach some colourful tentacles and you have some very friendly Jelly Fish to pop on your child’s fingers. Learning the finger numbers 1 2 3 4 5 on the right hand and on the left hand gives children a head start when learning to play the piano.

    Blue Jelly Fish finger puppet made from Origami Paper Cup JPEG   Five Finger Numbers for each hand

    Real musical instruments are introduced in Early Learning Music classes for 3-4 year olds. Children discover the look, feel and sounds of the flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, ukulele, drums, electric piano and recorder. This activity creates curiosity about learning an instrument.

    Enrolment is super easy: just call me today on 0418 563 226 or email musicmatter@nullyahoo.com and will send you an enrolment form by email.

    Musical activities to do with your 3-4 year old.

     

  • Preparing for instrumental music lessons with Music Matters.

    Hunter learns to share at Early Learning Music classes

    Hunter learnt to share a book with George at Early Learning Music classes

    Learning in a small group is a great way for your child to continue sharing new ideas and developing listening skills in a social environment. The longer your child can participate in some form of group music activity the more likely he/she will continue with their musical studies.  Life is a group and learning in a group is more fun. When your child turns 5 years of age they may move on to paired instrumental or piano music lessons with Music Matters in the same teaching venue at The School Locker.

    Instruments

    Early Learning Music classes for this age group introduces specific musical concepts whilst still using singing, percussion, games and movement in the learning process. This is a great time to introduce the more advanced musical concepts such as beat, rhythm, pitch and musical terms that your child will need to know when taking instrumental lessons.

    Early Learning Music classes for ages 5 to 6 years are beneficial whether or not your child goes on to learn a musical instrument with Music Matters. He will learn general musical principles in a small group environment which encourages participation, sharing, focused listening and also learn how to write music.

    Hunter plays Blue Ukulele after Early Learning Music classes

    Hunter sings along with Bluey the Ukey after Early Learning Music classes

    Fun, engaging pre-instrumental lessons are given on musical instruments such as the piano, flute, saxophone, guitar, ukulele, drums and recorder. Children have said that this is a highlight of the Early Learning Music program.

    Enrolment is super easy: just call me today on 0418 563 226 or email musicmatter@nullyahoo.com and will send you an enrolment form by email.

    Other musical activities for 5 year olds