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Elsternwick 3185
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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.

And, if you want your child to learn to play an instrument, it’s vital they master their first instrument - the voice - and learn to sing in tune. Good musicians always sing.

This process can begin with babies. We don’t wait until our children are old enough before we talk to them. We speak to them in-utero - indeed we can sing to them in-utero.

Babies have musical memory from as young as 22 weeks. It’s wonderful if children can be surrounded by a community, or group that can sing together, vocalise and interact through music.

Researchers have shown that a strong musical education provides so much more. Music develops self-discipline, improves organisational skills, builds team work, promotes responsibility and develops higher thinking skills. As music reading uses the same portion of the brain that is used in mathematical thinking, the child who is skilled at music excels at problem-solving, evaluation and analysis.

So why not get your child involved in our music program, in our early years program, learning a musical instrument or being part of our ensemble program? Adults too can take advantage of our instrumental program. Back to top

What we do that makes a difference

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. The teacher must be able to 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. The best programs have the teacher singing up high and exploring 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. The children encouraged to be good listeners.

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.

At Music Works Magic we want the children to use their listening and audiation skills to play the instruments with greater awareness of sound produced, sensitivity and accuracy.

10. Our program takes account of the diversity of the children.

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. Back to top

Testimonials

'In singing with my grandson in your classes I've found my own singing voice. I've never been able to sing in tune until now!' (L. R. grandmother)

We loved singing along to your Cds every day. Our daughter has memorised every song and we witnessed her finding a singing voice as opposed to a talking voice as the week progressed. One night however after our 4yr old daughter returned from a bathroom visit we had to draw the line. No Cds after bed time, after being woken by your cooee song echoing down the corridor... It was 4am! (P.H. parent)

I'm not sure who enjoys these classes more.... Jess or me! (J.T. parent)

Parents are vital

There are many ways in which as a parent or care-giver, you can support your child on their musical journey of discovery. In fact, parents play a vital role both inside the class and at home.

Human beings learn by trial and error and by repetition. Both you and your child will benefit from our music program even more if you play an active role. Our vocal exploration work and puppetry ensures that everyone finds a singing voice in a non-threatening fun filled way. Back to top

In class

  • Actively participate in the song, dance, creative activity alongside your child.
  • Your child doesn't need personalised instruction. We try and minimise talking in the class. Our teachers give very little verbal instruction. Everything is modelled for the children. The best way to encourage and help your child to participate is to do just that.
  • Recognise that by engaging in the class, you are also modeling the behaviour you wish to see in them.
  • Remember, with any new experience, including music, it often takes children a few weeks to warm to a new environment, new group and songs. Therefore, don’t be too concerned about your child’s participation or lack thereof in those early weeks. Back to top

At home

  • Practice the songs your child has learned that week at home, in the car, walking in the park or wherever you both feel comfortable
  • Sometimes you might enjoy taking turns at choosing which song or which verse to sing and using our props, or your own to create your own magical musical experiences at home.
  • Play our CDs at home – these will reinforce your child’s listening skills and reinforce their ‘singing voice’ as they sing along.
  • Remember, the more you can relax in class and join in, the more your child is likely to do the same.

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