The science is in. Music is a whole body and brain learning experience - food for the growing brain! Given most of the brain's circuitry is developed in the first 4 years of life, fostering a love for music in these early years equates to fostering a love for life.
Branch into Music offers the chance for parents/carers to explore and share the joy of music with their babies / small children. However to describe these practical, thirty minute classes as music classes does not do justice to the carefully planned activities that explore critical aspects of a young child’s development. Early literacy and numeracy, along with fine motor skills, self-awareness and self-expression are all covered in these action packed classes that never fail to capture the hearts and imagination of those who are young and young at heart.
Branch Into Music early childhood music and movement classes aim to encourage each child’s musical development. They utilise songs, rhymes, games and beautiful props to encourage children to feel the beat and gain confidence in singing. They include both structured and unstructured movement activities and instrument playing. Children also participate in active listening activities. The songs and rhymes used are short and easy, have a limited vocal range and include repetition to aid in-tune singing.
When and where
Set in a beautiful country setting in Mt Helen, our half-hour classes are held on weekday mornings. Families are encouraged to arrive early to visit the farm animals and for a swing and slide in the park-like gardens and a play with the musical instruments before classes commence.
Branch into Music classes cost $15 per session. Full payment is required at the start of each term (or pro-rata if commencing mid-term). Classes run for the duration of the Victorian school term. Family discounts are available – additional children attend for $10 per session; second sibling pays from 6 months of age and third sibling from one year.