Music Makers classes involve hundreds of fun, progressive musical activities for children in a structured group setting, incorporating elements of Kodaly and Dalcroze, under the guidance and expertise of a qualified music teacher.
Sessions might include:-
- a quiet circle listening activity
- focus on a composer
- singing, action rhymes and finger plays
- a ‘sound’ story/puppet fun/Musicland story
- a musical/rhythm game
- the use of a wide variety of hand-held percussion instruments
- a game or song using movement in a bigger space
- making music together, practising ensemble skills
This unique programme is designed to encourage your child to develop his/her musical talent and gain aural and rhythmic skills prior to formal music lessons.
Sue Lake says: “There is a strong focus on listening skills at Music Makers and I start each session by drawing the children to quiet focused listening. Just as in the visual sense, you wouldn’t ask a child to paint a picture on a dirty piece of paper, in the same way, in the aural sense, it is important to create a backdrop of quiet for children to create sound against, so they learn to REALLY LISTEN. Good listening is the basis of good musicianship.”
After-school classes run along similar lines, but activities are taken a stage further to suit the developing abilities of the older child.