Our music classes are a great way to introduce your child to the wonderful world of music.
Our music classes are inspired by the sound educational principles of the Hungarian composer and educator Zoltan Kodaly. This approach to teaching is presented as a set of guidelines which can be adapted to suit your situation but always remembering the approach should be fun, progressive, structured, inclusive and interactive. It is also the basis of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence music education programme. The classes aim is to foster an enjoyment and love of music for children, together with their parents or carers.
Our classes aim to teach children to understand the language of music using the first musical instrument they will experience, their voice. The voice is a direct experience of feeling and learning music and should be encouraged to be perceived as being as natural as speaking. The voice is an internal experience and sensation, (you make the sound) whereas playing an instrument is an external experience and sensation, (you make something else make the sound).
Using a bank of appropriately selected interactive rhymes and songs, the children learn through interaction, repetition, (but using a variety of approaches to avoid boredom), fun and structure. The songs are carefully chosen to help with phonics so each syllable will have its own note. Children have a limited range of notes that they can sing so the songs in the classes are appropriately chosen for small children to sing comfortably. Children sing and talk at a higher pitch than adults, so this is all taken into consideration when choosing the repertoire for the classes.
Children’s brains, at this stage of development, are a blank canvas. Liken their development to doing a ‘join the dots’ picture. The more dots that are joined together the clearer and more detailed the picture becomes. The brain has the fascinating ability to retain the connections gained through repetition and then move onto the process of consolidation. Once a child can feed back what they have been learning, without ‘thinking’, they are then ready move onto the next stage of the learning process. They gather and soak up information from many different sources; they want to learn.
In the younger classes they enjoy interacting and engaging with their parents/carers. They quickly progress in the older classes to being more independent and wanting to show what they have learnt. In all levels they love making and creating their own music along with lots of imagination.
The safe and comfortable environment of our classes is the perfect place to help this development as they become more familiar with the rhymes, songs and the way the class is structured. Music, and all that it involves, contributes a positive impact on early years’ development, language, motor skills and coordination (clapping, stamping, tapping knees), social skills (sharing, waiting for their turn, listening), imagination and much more. Nothing can substitute active learning and direct participation with you their parent / carer. It is true and necessary that children need to learn to entertain themselves and learn to spend time playing on their own. However, research has shown the most effective use of time by far is time with you their parent / carer, not sitting in front of a computer screen or television which is passive time; active time is the foundation, an investment in their future.