6 - 12 months*
This class encourages parents to bond with their babies through bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs, peek-a-boo games, lullabies and dances. Babies will enjoy experiencing pulse (beat), different musical concepts and new sounds such as egg shakers and bells. This class promotes their awareness of their bodies as they begin to develop motor skills and co-ordination skills. Through the simple activities we enjoy in this class babies will also develop their listening and concentration skills.
* This class hasn't started yet but keep a look out on the website and Facebook page for when it does!
1 - 2 year olds
In this class we continue to enjoy bonding with our child through songs and bouncing and tickling rhymes. As the children begin to walk they enjoy taking part in movement activities and circle dances. The children also develop their motor skills through using simple percussion instruments, puppets and parachutes. In this class we do a lot of tapping on our knees or tapping with the props or percussion to develop pulse (beat).
2 - 3 year olds
As your child's language skills develop, they are able to join in singing the songs and rhymes. A wider variety of percussion instruments are introduced as their motor skills develop and they will enjoy lots of movement activities and dances. Each week we visit the bears in Musicland and through movement, props and percussion explore Ta, Ti Ti and Ta-a. By the end of the year they are becoming more independent from their parents when participating in class and have begun some solo singing using puppets and props.
3 - 4 year olds (without parent)
In the 3 - 4 year old class the children (when ready and comfortable) come in on their own with the class leader and assistant. We sing songs, do action rhymes, play games and do lots of movement activities using percussion, puppets and props. The children further develop their confidence singing and their sense of pulse (keeping a beat) and begin to develop their understanding of rhythm in this class. By the end of the year they can read Ta and Ti-Ti (crotchet and quavers) as stick notation with a little help from mummy and baby bear.
4 - 5 year olds (without parent)
The children are now ready to become conscious of all the musical concepts they have been experiencing and internalising and are developing a greater understanding of rhythm and pulse and the difference between them.
The rhythm skills which were introduced in the 3 - 4 year old class are extended as the children begin to experience and read more challenging rhythmic patterns.
In this class solfa hand signs (do, re, mi) are introduced and through the course of the year the children begin to read pitch notation.
More challenging movement games and activities are introduced including working with partners and the children become confident singing solo, as a duet and in small groups as well as taking part in 2 part singing. By the end of the year they are also beginning to develop their inner hearing (being able to sing a song or say a rhyme in their head) which is a very important skill to have when playing an instrument.
All activities continue to be taught in a fun and imaginative way using a wide variety of untuned and tuned percussion including, chime bars and hand bells as well as puppets, props and stories.
Primary 1 (without parent)
Children further develop their rhythm skills, learning to read and write more complicated rhythms and copy and improvise rhythmic patterns. Towards the end of the year the children will be developing their rhythmic composition skills.
They will further develop their solfa hand signs (do, re, mi etc) and will begin to read standard music notation.
More complicated songs will be explored and the children will develop two part singing skills which they were introduced to in the 4 - 5 year old class.
As with all the classes a variety of percussion and props are used including chime bars, hand bells and boom whackers. Movement and singing games are still an important part of the Primary 1 class and of course, the emphasis is always on fun.
** this class is suitable for children who have previously been in the 4 - 5 year old class or similar. Please contact us for details of the Primary 1 class for children who have not previously been to a Colourstrings class.
By the end of the Primary 1 class the children will have developed a wide range of valuable music skills which will enable them to move on to learning a musical instrument with ease if they wish. They already know about pulse, rhythm, pitch and much more, which allows them to concentrate on the physical and technical challenges of learning an instrument.
It is not necessary for children to learn with a Colourstrings instrumental teacher, however, in doing so the children will be familiar with the notation and the approach. They will quickly be playing familiar songs they have been used to singing in the early years classes for years.
The Colourstrings approach is available for instruction in violin, cello, piano, guitar and flute.
Live instruments play an important part of a child's Colourstrings experience. In every class, children will experience the sound of a live instrument and where possible get to have a turn at playing it.
Suzanne's first instrument is violin and Grace, her assistant, plays the piano and clarinet.
Other instruments such as viola, cello, whistle, guitar and ukulele are also introduced to the children.
HOW CAN PARENTS / CARERS HELP?
Parents or carers of children in the baby and toddler classes are asked to participate with their child in class, helping them with activities and singing. This encourages your child to take part and join in singing when they are ready.
Children in the 3 - 4 year old class and upwards come in to class by themselves when ready and comfortable. Parents or carers are asked to wait in the waiting room provided once their child feels happy and secure. At home, parents can assist by singing with their child regularly.