I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Published April 29th 2013
Kick start your child's learning with music lessons
Kids love music, and what's more important is it's fantastic for their developing brains. Researchers have found that music helps make connections between the left and right sides of the brain and this helps develop maths and language skills. In addition, music can improve concentration and the retention of facts.
Music classes for children - learn more than just music
So where do little kids start their musical training?
There are lots of organisations who specialise in early childhood music classes, and they can be found in suburbs all around Brisbane.
If we start with the city, the Young Conservatorium, Griffith University offers an early childhood music program which starts with classes for children age 0-3. In a relaxed environment, children sing, play games, move and listen to music and explore the ir responses to music of all types. Following on from this program are their Growing With Music (3-5 years) and Tuning In (5-7 years) programs, which further encourage the children to develop rhythmic and melodic skills in a small group environment through rhymes songs and games, as well as using elementary musical instruments once they become a little older. These skills prepare the children for possible further study on musical instruments, including the Young Beginner Keyboard and Colour Strings programs which start at age 4 for strings and 6 for keyboard. Children aged five and upwards can also join the choral program. For more information about the Young Conservatorium, click here.
Forte School of Music can be found in a number of suburbs around Brisbane, including Coorparoo, Toowong and Windsor. They offer their Jungle Music program for children aged 6 months to 3.5, which immerse the child in interactive classes which encourage understanding and responding to music. They can continue their musical experience in introductory piano courses, Music is Fun, Junior Keys and Piano Keys. Information on Forte Music Schools can be found here.
Gymbouree Play & Music offer a range of classes catering for younger children as well. Their classes combine movement and music to help build creativity, and to learn and develop as they play. Gymboree programs are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as they play. With a range of classes which also help you learn about your child, you can participate in and encourage his or her development while enjoying the simple pleasure of playing together. There are numerous Gymbouree venues in Brisbane. For a list of suburbs and further information follow this link.
Kindermusik is a world recognised program for introducing young children to music. A list of some Brisbane providers can be found here. The Kindermusik program uses a music and movement based program to introduce music skills to children aged from infants through to seven year olds. Classes include children's songs, fun activities, dances, rhymes, stories, games and instrument play. To find out more about this program, visit the Kindermusik Website.