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560 Glenhuntly Rd
Elsternwick 3185
VIC AU
Tel 0425 854 020
Fax 613 95327010

ELC MUSIC

Music in your Early Learning Centre

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Our philosophy

At Music Works Magic, we understand that the voice is our first instrument and that if you can sing in tune, you know how to listen and recall the sounds that you hear.

Our teachers create a program around your groups of children, working in with themes you explore with the children. Our teachers don't just follow a recipe or put on a CD. They work live with children singing, dancing, moving throughout a fully interactive session. They encourage the children to become good listeners and active participants. Our teachers work on a range of child appropriate vocalisation techniques, breathing and singing predominantly in a loft or head voice to promote soft tuneful singing.

Our teachers are qualified and experienced. They bring a range of special puppets and props as well as books and provide follow up word sheets. Music Works Magic offers our special resources at special prices to Centres that have our services on an ongoing basis as well as a range of fabulous recordings to help reinforce quality music making throughout the week.*

*E-mail Anna to enquire anna@musicworksmagic.com

How we can help you make a difference

  • Classes for Babies, Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers:
  • Music Works Magic! offers singing-based classes which encourage children to sing independently & tunefully. You will hear a notable difference and so will the parents.
  • Our teachers provide a wonderful live singing model.-Classes involve a carefully designed program of singing, movement, games, dance, hearing a book being sung, puppetry and instrument exploration based on the Kodaly approach to Early Childhood Music Education.
  • Children will learn a repertoire of singing material including:
    nursery rhymes, chants & children’s songs and experience voice exploration.
  • Teachers and caregivers should expect to work in closely with our staff members and join in to all activities.
  • Activities on themes can be prepared so that follow up singing material can be provided for the children throughout the week.
  • Where requested, newsletters will be provided with words to songs.

While your children have fun singing, dancing, playing and moving, they will develop the following skills and concepts:

  • High/Low
  • Soft/Loud
  • Fast/Slow
  • Beat Rhythmic pattern
  • Creating/Improvising Movement
  • Language
  • Text substitution
  • Vocal exploration
  • Sequencing
  • Memory
  • Listening
  • Taking turns/Sharing
  • In-tune singing
  • Inner hearing / audiation
  • Concentration
  • Consideration of others
  • Aesthetic appreciation
    …………all within a supportive secure, enjoyable environment.

We can help teachers track children's musical development for feedback to parents.

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1. Our teachers sing live

Recordings can be fun to listen to but in a music class it is vital that the teacher can be a good model for the children. The children need to hear their teacher sing and hear their own voices. In our courses we help teachers guide young children through a range of activities that include warming up, vocalising and exploring the range of the voice.

2. Our teachers help children explore their voices

If adults sing in an adult friendly pitch, down low, this is not going to serve your child best. We help teachers to sing up high and explore the whole range of the voice not just the lowest notes we can produce. These will serve to turn your toddlers into droners. They will confuse their singing and talking voices.

3. Our program includes a range of traditional children’s songs as well as songs specifically written for children.

4. Our program includes movement, both creative and non-prescribed and folk dances.

5. Our program provides the opportunity to develop a strong sense of beat from birth and to develop rhythmic skills for older children.

6. Our program helps teachers to foster good listening skills.

Good listeners become good learners and with the right experiences good musicians.

7. Our program provides opportunities for audiation or inner hearing.

This is a process where we hear the sounds in our heads. this process ensures that the children hear the sounds they will produce in their heads before sounding them out. This helps to develop greater accuracy in singing.

8. Our program uses instruments in a carefully guided fashion and only once the children have a repertoire of song to play along to.

If making more and more noise is the sole purpose of the instruments then one would have to ask what’s the point?

9. Our program helps children identify different timbres or sounds of the various instruments.

Teachers explore how children can use their listening and auracy skills to sing tunefully and play the instruments with greater awareness of sound produced, sensitivity and accuracy.

10. Our program looks at how children learn, how the voice works, stages of development and explores the various goals we as music educators must strive to achieve in our teaching.

11. Our program looks at evaluation techniques.

It’s important to remember that each child learns differently at a different pace. Many children need to explore a room and feel comfortable and familiar in a space and with a group and repertoire of songs before they will interact and participate.

12. We explore a range of fabulous resource materials available for purchase and those that can be made simply for effective teaching. Back to top

Courses to support teachers to better integrate music

Course 1

An 8 week workshop introducing teachers to a broad range of music, presentation and resource ideas suitable for babies-8yrs. No experience required.

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Course 2

A 12 week Kodaly pre- school teacher course run under the auspices of KMEIA.

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Course 3

Sing Me A Rainbow. A 5 week course exploring the magic of the material produced by Anna Mlynek-Kalman.

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Testimonials

Hi Anna,

I am very pleased that you are able to conduct another workshop for us.

We had one of those special moments yesterday that you would have loved. A large, unsuspecting possum wandered into our playground just before lunch which of course caused great excitement – and the possum eventually escaped after running all around the place. The children were very disappointed and we heard them say “do you think if we sang ‘Swing It Possum” he might come back?” So, about 10 of them made a circle and sang it beautifully about 3 or 4 times. Sadly, the possum didn’t return but it made my day.

My current favourite is now “Run Zebra Run” but I’m not banking on either a lion or zebra making an appearance – other than in puppet form!

All the best,

Genevieve Read, Director - Early Learning CentreTrinity Grammar School

"I've worked in hundreds of centers and I've never seen children so focused and engaged in a music program, it was amazing and I loved it." Nicky B. - Agency Childcare Worker- Eltham Childcare Co-operative

"We were fortunate enough to have Music Works Magic join our three year old Kindergarten group for a six week specialist music program led by Vivi Kalman. We were thrilled by their program and have already committed to have them return next year.

We found the Music Works Magic program to be age appropriate and suitable for our children’s developmental levels and stages of musical understanding. Vivi was enthusiastic and engaged with the children at all times. She was very organised and the program moved at an appropriate pace for three year olds. Vivi was able to support each child in developing their confidence in independent singing through a number of fabulous strategies.

I was particularly impressed with Vivi’s positive behaviour guidance techniques. The children were very secure and supported through appropriate participation and interactions. I would highly recommended the Music works Magic program to anyone in early childhood education. The program is fun, interactive and gives the children a great foundation in music and singing." Karen Woolsey Surrey Hills Preschool

Become a Music Works Magic Teacher

If you have a passion for singing and making music with young children and would like to join our team of committed and creative teachers contact us to find out what to do. Arrange to come and see our classes in action. Meet our director, Anna Mlynek-Kalman.

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Special offer! Magical music starter packs

We have created special Magical music starter packs with a selection of beautiful musical props and instruments to help you create magical music everyday with your children, whether at home or in your child care centre. There are 3 differentStarter Packs to choose from:

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Items include shakers, kazoo, ball, scarf, bells, resonator bars and much more. Each pack comes with a list of songs drawn from our collection of Music Works Magic CDs and song books, along with suggested items from this pack to accompany them.

Let us help you to make music a daily part of your child’s life with these unique packs! more...

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