For the very young students, from 3 to 7 years, we have a range of pre-instrumental classes tailored to the musical development and age of the children. There are several skills a child should develop before they start on an instrument. These are:
Being able to sing in tune
Perform with a stable of tempo and metre
Sensitivity to timbre of music
Fine motor development
Our course is set up to develop these skills. They do work based on Dalcroze to develop rhythm readiness, work that has been built on Kodaly for voice, they try diff instruments, gain fine motor skills through learning simple guitar playing, and also do an introduction to music reading.
These skills are taught through a wide range of musical activities.
Using pre music reading games and developing instrumental skills, the kids learn to read and appreciate music, understand rhythm, learn how to sing in tune and co-operate with each other when making music together. The main aspects of activities the kids do are:
Move to music – Understanding music through movement.
Musical beginnings – Reading, writing, singing and playing music using guitars and percussion. This course gives students a basic hands on approach to practical music making.
Guitar and Percussion – Develop eye, hand and ear co-ordination to master the practical musical skills to successfully learn a musical instrument.
At the end of this course, the kids will have all the musical skills necessary to quickly transfer to a full orchestral instrument, such as a trumpet, clarinet or violin, and join one of our concert bands or orchestras.
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