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From Baby Steps…

The role music plays in your child’s development

Childhood is the most amazing period in our lives. It’s the time when a lot of things happen for the first time. In these early years, your child’s brain develops faster than at any other time in their life. Their first interactions – sights, sounds, smells and tastes – stimulate their brains and create new connections. The foundations for learning and behaviour are set out in these early years and helps shape the adults they will become.

By giving your child a stimulating environment with lots of different activities you allow them to play and learn, and practise what they’re learning. Music plays a key role in these early years.

Nurturing developing minds
Brain Development

We are capitalising on a period of brain development when your baby, toddler or preschooler is soaking up all the sounds around them. In the same way that they are memorising the sounds of their first language for a year or more before reproducing the words, they are also memorising the musical sounds. The brain approaches both the musical and language processes the same way, and uses the exact same parts of the brain. By strengthening one, we are strengthening the other as well. You can read more about it at Science Daily.

Music to their ears
Speech and Movement

Learning music and exploring our singing voices helps us practice elements of speech, such as ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘ma’, etc. As your little one is learning how to control their muscles to roll a ball, they are also learning how to control the muscles which control our singing and speaking voices.

The ABCs of music
Literacy & Numeracy

We all understand the benefits of developing literacy and numeracy in our little people from an early age, and music is a great way to make it engaging and fun! All our classes include elements of literacy and numeracy, and finishing the class by reading (or singing!) a story together is a great way to help books come to life, and give parents some ideas for quality children’s books and engaging story time.

In tune with each other
Teamwork

We love watching children experience the meaningful joy of developing a skill. It is amazing to see them go from the point of not being to do something and being frustrated – to being able to do something and being joyful. It’s a powerful life lesson. We want our little people to turn into adults who stick with a difficult task until they can master it. For this the parent and child works effectively as a team, and learn together to reach the point of accomplishment of any new skill.

Together we grow
Peer Learning

Our classes include children from a wider age range (either 0 – 3 years of age, or 3 – 5 years of age), because we know how much they learn from each other. The older ones gain confidence through mastery of skills and take delight in demonstrating those skills for the little ones, they also develop their sensitivity by being around younger children. The younger ones are encouraged by seeing the older ones achieve, they are motivated and develop more quickly and securely in this ‘family style’ age grouping.

Suzuki Educational Philosophy

Dr Shinichi Suzuki was a philosopher – as well as a violinist and educator. He observed the ways in which children learn their first language, and developed a successful approach to learning music which follows the same principles. He strove to teach the whole child through music, and to create happy, sensitive, high achieving people.

We follow this educational philosophy at Musical Adventures, and strongly believe that every child can achieve and develop musical skills. We celebrate every step, and create a calm, nurturing environment in which your child can learn best.

Dr Suzuki observed the way children learn their first language, and realised that every child learns how to speak their language to a very high standard in their own time. There isn’t a sense that ‘maybe English isn’t for my child, perhaps we’ll focus on Japanese instead’, we just accept that every child will get there in their own time.

Parents and caregivers greet each attempt at speech with joy and encouragement, and there is lots and lots of repetition! You naturally provide a rich language environment for your child to hear thousands of words before they can say any, rather than introducing only one word at a time. We follow this concept, and provide a rich musical environment for your child by playing lots of different, beautiful, musical instruments and singing lots of songs each class.

It’s also a great idea to play your CDs each day, as well as other music, so that you and your child can learn the songs and join in the classes comfortably without feeling shy about the words. They will learn so much from this broad musical vocabulary. Parents enjoy the connection that is created between the class and the home environment.

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Ethan loved music classes with Sophie. She incorporates song, movement & sensory activities as well as her beautiful viola playing & singing voice perfectly into the sessions. After just a few weeks Ethan started making more eye contact, audio tracking & babbling with lots of differentiated sounds. Not only did he enjoy it but it was a great support for me as a new mum! The emotional support & the opportunity to get out of the house into a stress free, relaxing environment was invaluable. Thank you Sophie!”

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“I have searched tirelessly for a music class that would meet our needs. We have attended many classes at varying venues that were plain and boring. Music adventures was mentioned to us and I thought, `oh, another one’. However, we were delighted with the skill and talent from the educators, that we have re booked for another term.”

Kym & Willow

“We look forward to Musical Adventures every week. Franky loves the songs, rhymes and instruments. I’m constantly amazed at his progression and his ability to engage with the music and others. Musical Adventures has been an integral part of his cognitive development, as well as his motor and social skills. Sophie is an engaging and fun educator and we highly recommend the class for any little one.”

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