Begin your family’s musical adventure with The Musical Playroom
Suzuki Early Childhood Music (SECM) classes are aimed at teaching key musical principles such as rhythm, beat, and pitch through playing musical games. It is a fun way to introduce children to music, whether they want to learn a musical instrument or dance. They also learn important social skills such as playing with other children, concentration, and waiting to take turns. But the most important thing is that it is a unique and enjoyable experience for you and your child!
The classes assist in the development of the following skills:
- Rhythm and Beat
- Dynamics (loud and soft)
- Number skills and counting
- Language and literacy
- Taking turns and sharing
- Size and direction
- Finger independence
- Eye tracking and crossing the midline
The group classes are held weekly for 50-60 minutes. Skills are developed through nursery rhymes, speech patterns, action songs, finger play, circle songs, story telling and other musical activities. All children have several opportunities to play various instruments including xylophone, glockenspiel, drum, triangle, tambourine, and two-tone block.
The classes are open to children from age 3 months to 5 years, and all children are encouraged to participate in all activities. If the child is too young to do the activity on their own, the teacher or their parent/carer helps them to do it. In most cases children also have a strong reaction to music, from a very early age. The ability to hear is developed 3 months before birth, so it’s never too early to start listening to music! And at three months of age most children will become calm when music is played to them. Children also experience music differently to adults – whilst we listen to music or we play music, children experience it as a combination of auditory, visual, kinaesthetic, cognitive and emotional stimulation – children move as they listen, and they dance as they play.
The benefits of early childhood music programs are long term, and the skills learned are beneficial for all future learning, both artistic and academic.
We’d love to see you and your child benefit from joining the class, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.