Music Classes for Toddlers
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Explore the benefits for my toddler
Alabanza Music classes are intended to nurture children's natural musical ability and awaken a lifelong love of music via our international Musikgarten curriculum
It is well established in neuroscience that singing helps strengthen language and developing the musical ear strengthens listening skills, aural discrimination, helping children to be more critical listeners and speak clearly. In addition, music and movement activities have been proven to help attention span and aural awareness.
Helping toddlers learn how to manoevre their bodies through guided movement, balanced with calm, focused and quiet moments, can improve their impulse control.
In a nurturing and structured musical environment, tots start to become aware of social norms for behaviour (e.g. everyone is sitting, standing, dancing, listening, singing, following directions) but are not expected to conform just yet!
As such, we help educate parents on age-appropriate expectations for toddlers, which sets the stage for success!
Calypso Semester: Feb-Jun
Song-Guide Book & CD/Digital Recordings
Use classroom instruments or purchase your own
30 min session once weekly
"Speech and music have a number of shared processing systems. Musical experiences which enhance processing can therefore impact on the perception of language which in turn impacts on learning to read."
Institute of Education, University of London
Here's what other parents and caregivers say about us…
"So we came and we were not disappointed. She learned things musically and socially; ... waiting her turn, doing what is asked, following instructions. Although it's still challenging to get her to do those things at home, modelling the behaviour from ideas in class has been helpful.
In terms of her musicianship, she loves the sticks, she has a nice sense of rhythm going, she loves music.. she's becoming more musically inclined. She sings around the house; she sings questions and conversations and puts everything into music"
Mom of Thalia
Started at age 3
"After class I realize that afterwards she would say and do everything and it stays... what she does here (in class), she remembers.
She would take the pens and play them together like the sticks and she gives me a beat.
She enjoys it and I am satisfied because I realize that she is learning beats and rhythm and you know that is something people take for granted like you're not always on time, but I'll be very happy if she could develop that skill of getting the steady beat."
Mom of Aurelia
started at age 2
What activities are done in a toddler music class?
Toddler class is specifically designed for the bonding and nurturing needs of the youngest children. Most importantly, children will be guaranteed their parent’s/caregiver's attention with fun, developmentally-appropriate
finger plays, wiggling and tickling activities, body awareness songs
Dancing with scarves and hiding games are also part of the fun!
They'll also be engaged in rocking and bouncing activities, circle songs.
Listening excerpts, tonal and rhythmic patterns will help shape listening skills and acquaint the child with the nuances of music
Movement is a big part of this class to allow children to feel the beat of music and learn about spatial awareness
while enhancing their gross motor skills and coordination with instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, occasional use drums.
Hey Parents! It is normal for children to wander during this class, and adults are not to worry... they are still listening while in the environment and taking everything in!
What about Music Lessons? Aren't they good for toddlers?
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 your tot trying to do Std 2 Primary School work!
It is important to remember that children under age of 6 are still in the CONCRETE learning 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, the recommended age for instrumental lessons.
Keep the learning going at home
We encourage and support continued musical play and learning at home with families.
We'll provide you with important information on toddler (musical) development on a regular basis via our newsletters and access to our e-learing resource page.
You'll also have ready resources at your fingertips including high quality digital recordings with fine children’s choirs, adult voices and outstanding instrumentalists and your parent guidebook along with rhythm sticks, jingles, colorful scarf, will give you many opportunities for enjoyment.