PRE SCHOOLERS & MINI MUSICIANS (3 to 4)
We specialise in early childhood learning and rapport so little kids and parents are very welcome at Maroubra Music School. Naturally this is a very fun and playful class where kids can wonder at the colour and magic of music as they experiment with sound at their own pace.
It is also a very important time in a musician's life. Early (pre 5 yr old) music learning is critical for the attainment of certain perception skills that become difficult to develop after this cognition period. It's fun but skilled balancing act for a teacher to keep this in mind while making sure the little person is happy, having heaps of fun, and exploring.
We sing a lot at the piano with lots of songs little kids love from nursery rhymes to Katy Perry and Adele to songs from children's movies they will all know.
ACTION / CHOREOGRAPHY
We learn simple choreography along with well known songs that are exciting to do and reinforce the song arrangement. Kids love doing the actions and it helps them remember the song, as well as being great for coordination, and very cool !!
Most 3 and 4 year olds can play little notes on a mini piano and they can sit up like the big kids or they have the freedom to stretch out on the carpet and play.
RHYTHM / DRUMS / PERCUSSION
Age and skill based coordination and rhythm games are great for motor skills and cognition and the start of the development of musical timing.
INFANTS (5 to 8)
5 years to 8 years old is that critical transition from infant to thinking individual. It's still an extremely imaginative age where fun and games must be a component of activities, but where young people truly begin to develop perception and motor skills required for high function activities like music. It is also a critical time for self approval and self definition. These considerations are all taken into account when delivering a music program to this age group, but the delivery is seamless to kids who see the whole thing as fun as they begin to genuinely develop music ability.
All Maroubra Music School all courses and classes are available to this age group including the high tech stuff like audio and video. Of course we do age modified versions of the courses. There is an emphasis on pitch and rhythm given the cognitive opportunities of this age group.
Most students will enjoy learning some piano/keyboard, drums and singing, while they are deciding for themselves the direction they would like to take. Guitar is okay but can be painful on little fingers and does not usually produce the right musical feedback for a young mind, so we suggest a little guitar by request but with greater focus on the other instruments. Usually brass and woodwind are too difficult at this age.