It’s never too early to introduce your little ones to the joys of music! Little Acorns infant music classes are suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, starting from around 4 months to 3+ years.
What does a typical session look like?
The video below was shot during one of our regular baby and toddler classes and will give you an idea what to expect. Don’t forget you can come along any Tuesday or Wednesday for a free trial session. Please just give me a call or send me an email in advance so I have an idea of numbers for each class.
What instruments are available?
Half way through our toddler music classes we make a selection of simple instruments available for the children to play. If they are very young they may need adult assistance of course, but all are encouraged to join in by making some musical noises. The instruments are sourced from the Early Learning Centre brand. well known for their robustness and safety. Tambourines, whistles, Shakers, rain sticks, castanets, recorders and bells and other percussion instruments come out each week and on occasion (during jungle week) we also pass some bongos around. Other instruments that have made special appearances include a ukuleles, kazoos and even a Theremin! The kids always get a chance to play guitar at the end as well.
Testimonials from past and present Little Acorns parents and carers
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How do the different ages benefit from our toddler music classes?
Music is a good foundation for early years’ learning.
Your baby’s brain is full of billions of neurons, which, in the first year, form connections with other neurons, developing neural pathways. These strengthen further with continued sensory stimulation, such as music, dancing and interaction with others.
As growing children are exposed to this sensory-rich environment, they develop both gross-and-fine motor skills (dexterity/co-ordination) through instrument playing (percussion) and performing hand-actions to songs, allowing them to practice self-expression/communication and in turn, building on their confidence.
Through imitation and singing, children learn the sounds and meanings of words, aiding memory, and thus they begin to learn vocabulary. This accelerates their language acquisition and reading skills.
As your little ones interact with their parents/carers and other children in the class, they will develop social skills and make new friends, enhancing the fun!
By introducing your child to music, he or she may later want to learn to play an instrument, which according to studies, can improve academic skills (especially mathematical learning), as well as refine discipline and patience, and boost self-esteem.
In addition to the developmental benefits of music, it enhances our mood, reduces anxiety and stress, can even improve healing, but above all, it provides us with joy! What’s not to love?!