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Family Music Classes for Preschoolers (Multilingual)

Preschoolers: 3½-5yrs

Is your preschooler full of energy?

You can transform that boundless energy and channel that curiosity, into a world of learning; nurturing your growing child’s ability to use language and participate in dramatic and active play, balanced with calm and focused moments, within a musical context.

What kind of activities are done in a preschool music class?

We're up and down on the floor, singing, chanting, moving, doing focused listening, exploring musical instruments, creative movement, poems, storytelling and playing musical games and sensory play. In our internationally renowned Musikgarten® programme, you get to celebrate your preschooler’s growing independence and encourage a love of the outdoors with activities involving nature.

Why group classes and not individual lessons?

Enrolling your young child in (individual) music lessons where they're made to select a specific instrument, do elaborate fingerwork while trying to read music and a bunch of written theory is akin to trying to get your preschooler to do Std 1 Primary School work!
Giving little humans complex tasks can lead to frustration, so it's always best to introduce activities and instruments that are manageable and immediately rewarding so they always have a positive experience with music, knowing it's not about performance at this stage but the joy of the experience!

 

Recent studies have found that group-based music lessons can improve children's language skills and executive functions. Researchers have even recommended that group-based music education should be included in national school and preschool curricula, not only because children enjoy learning music-related skills, but also due to its positive impact on their overall learning.

If music education is not included in your child's preschool, they are missing out. The good news is you can bridge this gap by enrolling them in our group music classes!

Should my child be focusing on playing a particular instrument at this stage?

Rhythm instruments like rhythm sticks, maracas, jingles, bells, drums, glockenspiel, tone/resonator bars with mallets, and mini steelpans are a great introduction for those small hands with bones that are still fusing. 
But wait! It's not just ping pong or beat at random, we need to help them develop the auditory perceptual and motor skills needed to maintain a steady beat, while singing, give them opportunities to learn how to self-regulate to wait their turn, and comfortably play in sync with friends with enjoyment.

Why is rhythm so important for preschoolers?

Rhythm helps preschoolers to develop concentration, their ability to focus and supports a wide range of cognitive skills such as the speedier processing of information - in other words, music entrainment can help a preschooler "think" faster!
Moreover, studies involving preschoolers have identified connections between maintaining a steady beat, pre-literacy skills, and listening skills. Therefore, providing opportunities for preschoolers to comprehend and internalize rhythm is not only a fundamental aspect of music education but also essential for their success in school and even sports.

 

Why choose this multilingual music and movement class over other after-school activities?

Music has always been recommended as the top choice by many, including medical practitioners and educators, for enhancing cognitive, linguistic, emotional, and social skills, surpassing other activities in preparing children for primary school and beyond. That's because universities worldwide have made singificant discoveries on the profound impact of music on the brain and physical development, particularly in children. Recent studies highlight important connections between music and language acquisition, suggesting that exposure to music and multiple languages could provide children with an early advantage in developing proficient communication skills.

At Alabanza Music, we understand children. We also understand how children learn and benefit from music through evidence-based practice. Your family will be guided by a multilingual Neuromusical Educator who's also a musician, with professional training in early childhood music pedagogy.

 

So this class isn't just about becoming more musical?

This multilingual music and movement class is tailored for the developmental needs of the preschool-aged child. It will establish your child's foundation for music learning through:
 - tuning the voice and developing listening capabilities
 - advancing language and communication abilities
 - engaging in self-regulation and self-discipline
 - promoting control of gross and fine motor movements
 - building social skills through ensemble development,
 - promoing independence and interdependence through movement
all skills that impact school readiness and all areas of academic learning.

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INTRODUCTORY PKG

Starting at

$150

2 Obligation-free sessions

- New Family Registration
- Parent Orientation session

- First-time Class Session

- Upgrade Package Option

It is important to remember that children under age of 6 are still in the CONCRETE learing stage in which they must see the individual elements of concepts and practice manipulating them BEFORE they can effectively understand and learn through more ABSTRACT methods from around age 7.

Keep the learning going at home

Research shows that musical experiences at home are also a major contributor to the development of grammar in preschoolers. As such, we encourage and support continued musical play and learning at home with families.

We'll provide you with important information on preschooler (musical) development on a regular basis via our newsletters and access to our e-learning page.
You'll also have ready resources year-long at your fingertips with fun family packets,  including high quality music on 2 CDs + Digital download, Parent guide-songbook and animal picture listening cards for use at home to increase family involvement in the learning process and foster the love and appreciation of music and nature.

Prefer another class location/time option? Have more than one child under 5yrs? Join us for Todos Together mixed age class!