A warm welcome
Music at Heart offers you and your family a warm and welcoming environment. Families are always greeted with a smile at the door on arrival, and every SECE session begins with refreshments and chat in my light and spacious kitchen, where there is a treasure-chest of instruments and sound-makers for the children to explore. This is also a time for you as parents to enjoy the company and support of other like-minded carers and to make new friends.
In a small group size of around eight children, as each early years class gets under way in the adjoining studio, your child receives much more individual attention than is usual in a pre-school music class. The Suzuki approach is gentle and encouraging, with lots of praise. Week on week I am building up a relationship with your child, discovering how s/he learns and drawing out his/her potential to the full.
A mixed-age class
All Suzuki teaching is designed to make the most of the way children learn from one another. In Music at Heart Early Years classes children of mixed ages work together, in accordance with the principles of Suzuki Early Childhood Education. This approach is unusual in the world of pre-school music education; children tend to be divided into groups according to age. The downside of age-related classes is that pupils have no advanced model to whom they can aspire - broadly speaking, the ability level of every class member is the same, and the learning environment is limited accordingly.
In the mixed-age learning environment, however, the sight of an older child doing something lights the touch-paper of desire and determination, “I want to be able to do that, too!” - as many family anecdotes of siblings' antics will testify! Taught this way through Music at Heart, you will be amazed at what your child can achieve. Not only will your child learn from someone more mature, s/he will be able to practise new-found skills with someone of the same age and, perhaps most importantly, teach someone younger – a wonderful opportunity for the development of sensitivity.
An invitation to sing!
In the Early Years session your child will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of musical instruments and multi-sensory resources, but most importantly, every session begins and ends with singing, with lots of singing in between! When people come together and sing it gives them an increased sense of community, belonging and shared purpose, all important aspects of the Suzuki philosophy.
Singing is the way we first communicate - it exercises the vocal cords and enhances speech development. Singing with your child makes him/her feel safe and loved. No-one will be judging the quality of your singing, and to your child, your voice is the most special in the world. Children love to sing; they play with songs and sing as they play as part of everyday life, without giving it a second thought.
Singing makes us feel better: it is good for physical and psychological health, it is an aerobic activity, reduces stress levels and boosts the immune system. Don't be discouraged if you think you haven't got a voice: everyone has one, it's portable and it's free! Music at Heart will help you find yours!