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Published June 11th 2015
The children on the bus go la la la
It seems that children just can't get enough of music from the moment they hear their first lullaby: some are soothed by it, while others love to scream along to every crescendo. Whether your toddler thinks she's the next Taylor Swift or your baby is bum-shuffling to Hi-5 on the TV, you may be looking for a fun place where you can encourage their love of music.
Lucky for us there are a wide variety of music classes across Sydney that cater for children from birth up to school age. Parents and carers are often encouraged to join in, so it's also a great excuse to release your inner child as you clap your hands and laugh without a care - that basket of washing can wait another day...
A joyful music and movement experience for young children. With singing, dancing and musical play.'
Play ukulele with your little one at Ukubebe. Image source: Flickr - Tam Tam
Ukubebe allows your child to try different instruments, sing along to familiar tunes and dance their little toes off. As the name suggests, there are ukuleles available for you and your little one to strum together.
This was the first music class that I took my daughter to as a baby and she loved using (and eating) the clapping sticks and throwing the giant, fluffy cotton balls around.
Locations: Bondi Double Bay South Coogee Woollahra
Ages: Babies 0-12 months
Toddlers 1-2.5 years
Pre-school 2.5-5 years
We enrolled with Einsteinz Music for a semester when my daughter was a year old. The teacher sang lovely folk music tunes, as well as familiar nursery rhymes, while strumming her guitar. There were plenty of bongo drums, tambourines and clap sticks to go around. Every so often a fluffy hand puppet would appear and sing along to one of the songs, or a barnyard full of animal toys would be handed out to accompany a jungle song.
Babes on laps (6 months until walking)
Toddlers (1-2 years)
Juniors (2-3 years)
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years)
3. Art 'n Move
'Developing children through art & craft, movement & music, literature & dramatic play with stimulating fun programs that will build your child's skills, confidence and independence.'
Art and music at Art 'n' Move Image source: Flickr - Michael Coghlan
I enrolled my 19 month daughter for a semester of Art 'n Move after taking her to a free trial class. I loved the fact that the activities changed every few minutes, catering to those very short toddler attention spans. We played instruments, learned about where fruit is grown, read a story, made a painting, and had some free play time. There was so much to do that she never had a second to think about pulling the electricity plugs out of the sockets!
15 months-22 months
20 months-30 months
2 years-3 years
'With it's roots based firmly in early childhood learning, Earthbeats aims to provide developmentally appropriate music programs for the whole child. Earthbeats Early Childhood Music seeks to inspire and educate children and their families with a happy experience they may take with them for the rest of their lives!'
6. Rhythm Factory
'At Rhythm Factory we aim to provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere, nurturing each child's individuality to build their confidence and love for dance. We focus on the foundations of dance in a fun and exciting way, encouraging imagination and sharing the experience with parents.'
'Do-re-mi music and movement classes for children from babies to 8 years and beyond are run by qualified and experienced teachers throughout Australia and overseas. Our music classes for children are dynamic, fun and exciting, including dance, movement, singing and playing instruments.'
8. Bluebell music
'Our experienced and energetic teachers create a caring environment in which children can begin their musical journey. Children, along with their parents or carer, will discover the key concepts of music through listening, singing, moving and improvisation.'
Fun on the drums at Bluebell Music
'Classes are for children aged between 6 months and 5 years. During each class we focus on developing a love of music achieved through a selection of familiar songs and music activities, presented in an enjoyable and informal class setting.'
Babybells: 6 months - until babies are walking or on one sleep a day
Bluebells: 1 - 2 years
Little Bells: 2 - 4 years
Bluebells Prep : 3-5 years
'Tiny Tunesters is the Sydney based musical academy for young children to start learning the basics of music and rhythm, having fun within a structured and instructor led environment.'
Musical tots at Tiny Tunesters
'Underpinning Tiny Tunesters' success is our philosophy that early exposure to the principles of music stimulates development and creativity in both children and adults.'
Tiny Tots (babies up to 12 months on 2 sleeps a day)
Musical Tots (toddlers 1 – 2 years or who are walking/on 1 sleep a day)
Little Rockers (toddlers 2 – 5 years)
10. Wiggle and Giggle
'At Wiggle & Giggle Music we aim to bring the best out of your child by singing, performing, playing instruments and lots more, but our ultimate aim is to simply have fun and enjoy music making!'
Under 12 months