PRESCHOOL MUSIC

Our Saturday preSchool music sessions for preschoolers and their caregivers guide you as your preschooler's first educator, to facilitate music and music making in your child.  Our preSchool music sessions for children 2 and 3 years of age are parent/child interactive.  We encourage 4 year olds who are almost ready for school to work more independently in their music making sessions.

 

PRESCHOOL MUSIC SESSIONS

Saturdays

Lewis Eady Music School
75 Great South Rd, Epsom Auckland
9.30am, 10.30am, 12pm | 2 & 3 year olds
 

Term fees: $160 per child  |  Lesson Duration: 45 minutes
No instrument purchase is necessary for this class

 

Saturdays 

Lewis Eady Music School
75 Great South Rd, Epsom, Auckland
1pm | 4 year olds
 

Term fees: $160 per child  |  Lesson Duration: 45 minutes
No instrument purchase is necessary for this class

 

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

Our preSchool music classes take elements from various musical philosophies, most notably those of Carl Orff and Shinichi Suzuki.  Suzuki's philosophy is based on the belief that children learn best through the observations of their environment - by watching and listening to their caregivers.  This is enforced by research showing not only that the benefits of early childhood musical exposure are increased significantly by 'active participation' rather than 'passive listening' but also that infants show a significant preference for songs sung by their mother or father over pre-recorded music.  We therefore encourage parents or caregivers to actively participate in our preSchool classes for 2 and 3 year olds.  

The German composer Carl Orff, was a passionate educator of children who believed rhythm and a country's folk music were at the core of musical learning.  Using some of the aspects of these philosophies, our preSchool music sessions involve participation in simple live music making (including singing, body percussion, playing simple rhythm instruments and whole body movement).  Our classes include the sharing of traditional 'nursery rhymes' from many different cultures - used in the past largely to soothe babies to sleep and to develop language skills.  We are now only just beginning to understand the science and ancient wisdom behind the singing and sharing of these songs and the huge added benefit music has on children's brain development, fine and gross motor skills.

Above all, in a our preSchool music sessions, there is an emphasis on fun and involvement.  Our aim is not to create musical prodigies but to encourage and enable parents to enhance their children's lives and development through the power of music.
 

What should I do to give my preschooler the best musical start?  

Here's what what Stuart Manins - author of the So-Me Books for children, appointed to the ISME Early Childhood Commission in 1998 advises...

Start as early as possible.  Yes, if you want to be really thorough you can start before birth.  There has been a lot of research now on the pre-natal musical behaviour of unborn children.  But you don't have to be an academic to do what can help the developing child.  Just involve yourself in musical activities like lots of singing, listening, moving and playing (of both kinds if you can) and the foetus will respond eagerly to the environment you provide.

After the baby is born the same principle keeps applying all through life.  The more musical involvement is denied in early years, the more disadvantaged the baby or toddler becomes.  I was involved in a research survey with Dr Roger Buckton some years ago looking at concept, emotional and motor development of music learners and the biggest single factor to emerge was this: the best, most potentially worthwhile and effective time for helping children is in early childhood.

So... just do musical things yourself and of course with your children.  Don't leave it to the experts only.  Use experts by all means but not as a substitute for your example.  It really stands to reason.  If you want your family to be interested in sport, you get involved yourself and they follow.

If you want your children to develop important social values, you demonstrate them between family members at home.  If you want to know what musical things to do, go along to our preschool music sessions and see what the leaders do. This is where I took my grandchildren and I know and have faith in the people who run the programme.

We teach preschool music at daycare and kindy too.  Please contact us if you or your child's early childhood centre would like to explore this option.