Mini Music Makers
Mini Music Makers OnlineAges: 0 - 7
Music has an extremely positive effect on a child’s development. Our online classes for babies and toddlers use singing, movement and play to support cognitive, language and motor skills. The emphasis is on fun: tickling games, bouncing songs and lullabies which bring music to life.
Our weekly 40-minute classes provide you and your child the opportunity to make and enjoy music together in a fun and friendly setting. These playful sessions provide an engaging introduction to music and provide quality time between parent and child from the comfort and safety of your own home.
MINI MUSIC MAKERS PARENT
Every Monday my son is transfixed and his face lights up and this morning’s class was no different… It’s also nice to see him interact and respond to what is going on with me rather than passively watching. I am so glad we joined in!
At Mini Music Makers the main emphasis is on learning subconsciously through fun activities. Your child is sure to enjoy singing songs with puppets, tapping drums and shaking shakers aong with the group. You and your child will learn a range of new bouncing and tickling songs and nursery rhymes that you can take away and enjoy away from the classes too.
Benefits for your child
The structured NYCOS method offers your child a progressive journey through musical learning. Research in this area has shown that early musical activity can have huge benefits in many areas of child development including language, motor skills, memory and concentration. At Mini Music Makers your child will be given access to these benefits whilst having fun at home.
How it works
Online classes are run through Zoom, which is free to use online or download. You will be emailed a meeting link prior to each class, along with a list of suggested props or instruments (common household items) to use. We recommend using a PC, laptop or large tablet rather than a smaller device so your child can easily see what is going on, and that you have some floor space available to join in with the actions. The leader will mute microphones for particpants for the majority of the class so you can hear exactly what is happening without the sound quality being degraded.
We understand the need to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing during our online classes, which is why our classes are password protected use a waiting room system meaning that new participants can only join once the leader or office staff member in attendance has appoved access. You have complete control over whether everyone else can see you by enabling or disabling your camera as you wish. Your session will not be recorded or photographed unless you have been asked for permission beforehand.
Benefits for you
This is not only an opportunity to develop your bond with your child as you explore music together, but it is a chance for you to connect with like-minded parents of other young children in a relaxed environment.
Our enthusiastic class leaders are fully trained in the unique NYCOS method of early years music education, based on the teachings of Hungarian Composer and Educator Zoltán Kodály. Our leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and are a mix of nursery teachers, music specialists and freelance professional musicians.
Connect with extended family NEW
Your child can enjoy these musical sessions with family members they can’t see in person. Following the Scottish Government announcement on further restrictions, bookers of Mini Music Makers sessions are able to invite relatives to join in the fun while singing songs and games. You can invite an additional attendee for free with the opportunity to join in singing songs, playing games and engaging with family from a separate household. If you would like to book an additional adult place, please contact us.
CLASS DETAILS (2020 – 2021)
MONDAYS with Tracy Curle
|0 – 2.5 years:
2.5 – 4 years:
3 – 5 years:
|9.30 – 10.10am
10.20 – 11.00am
13.20 – 14.00pm
THURSDAYS with Claire Hart
|0 – 5 years:||10.20 – 11.00am|
FRIDAYS with Marion Lang
|0 – 2 years:
2 – 5 years:
|9.30 – 10.10am
10.20 – 11.00am
SATURDAYS with Rosanne Brackenridge
|2 – 4 years:
0 – 2 years:
4 – 7 years:
|9.30 – 10.10am
10.20 – 11.00am
11.10 – 11.50am
YOUR SESSION LEADER:
Rosanne, an experienced singing teacher, has enjoyed a successful career as a professional opera singer with Scottish Opera, Geneva Opera & English National Opera. Her solo venues include the London Coliseum, the Met (New York) and the Royal Albert Hall. She continues to work as a performer with groups including Perfect Harmony Voices & Rosalba. Her extensive involvement with Music in Hospitals is very special to her. She is invited to join the annual audition panel in the quest for new musicians to take part in this challenging but rewarding work.
Tracy brought her own children along to Mini Music Makers and loved watching their musicality grow as they had fun singing and playing. She was excited about bringing more children to an appreciation of music using the Kodály approach following her training with NYCOS. She has been a Mini Music Makers leader in Linlithgow since 2010. Tracy also delivers musicianship training to young people in West Lothian Nurseries and Primary Schools through the Youth Music Initiative as well as being on the teaching staff of the NYCOS West Lothian Choir. She has travelled to Hungary to observe best practice in Early Years and Primary music teaching and has recently been studying part-time for a post-graduate qualification in Kodály Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Claire is an experienced performer having sung with choirs including SCO Chorus, RSNO Chorus and Glasgow Chamber Choir and has worked on a variety of opera productions and singing events over the past 10 years. As a singing teacher, she has developed her teaching skills through NYCOS, working with local children’s choirs, theatre groups and private students. Claire loves working with children and young people. Seeing them grow and develop through music is a highlight of her teaching career.
Marion was one of the first Mini Music Makers leaders and has run very successful classes in Stirling since 2003. As a Nursery Teacher with more than 35 years of experience in education, she also uses the principles incorporated in Mini Music Makers to enhance all areas of the Nursery curriculum. Marion also enjoys choral singing and is an enthusiastic member of several local choirs.