These mixed age classes are based on Early Childhood Research and the principles of the Suzuki, Orff and Kodály methods, led by teachers accredited to teach in these methods.
Children can participate in this program until they turn 5. Once your child turns 3, you may like to consider our 'Playtime' class, which requires more independence and a longer concentration span.
At the Music Playground our “Small Steps” classes gently and playfully develop fundamental musical skills of beat, rhythm and pitch through activities to foster listening, movement, careful use of instruments and joy in singing. Our carefully created curriculum, also builds early numeracy and language skills in your little one.
Class length - 40 minutes
This program is taught in a mixed age group. This allows children to progress at their own pace. They are not competing with others. Children in the classes learn so much from the other children. The older children in the group are motivated by the younger children, because they enjoy being role-models. Children of the same age enjoy practising skills with each other, and the younger children learn from the older children.
Children learn to speak by listening to their loved ones. In the same way, children learn music best when their loved ones are involved. These classes give parents and carers skills and confidence to enjoy music with their child in day to day life.
We generally find it best if there is a carer for each child in the class, however the choice is ultimately up to you. Children benefit from the one on one attention, and we find they are generally more focused. Parents are also more relaxed and have more time to enjoy their children's progress and achievements.
Daily listening familiarises the child and parent with the class repertoire while helping to create a musical environment in the home.
Home Video and Recordings
Families are given a weekly handout with links to videos and recordings of songs sung in the class to help keep the music going at home. Families who enrol for the term are also given access to a selection of pre-recorded classes they can watch at home at any time.
Focus On The Whole Child
Suzuki said "The power of music to develop the human heart is great." Suzuki's school motto was "First character, then ability" and it is a cornerstone of the Suzuki philosophy, and the classes. Children develop their sharing, cooperation, performance and self-regulation skills alongside their musical skills. This sets up great foundations for lifetime learning.
We have an emphasis on creating beautiful sounds, to nurture musical sensitivity.
Gentle, Calming Environment
Verbal instructions are kept to a minimum, so that children can learn through observing others, listening and imitation. We have a structured routine with an emphasis on helping the children develop emotional self-regulation skills. Aiming for a calm environment allows optimum learning and both children and parents are happier too!
Two Teachers, Small Classes
Activities flow more smoothly, minimising opportunities for distraction. Teachers have more time to observe and help each child.