What's happening in Term 2?
Mini Maestros classes will be presented online in Term 2. Classes for all age groups are designed for children and adults to actively participate in together. Far from being passive screen time, these classes will have you and your child (perhaps even your whole household!) singing, moving, playing, learning and having fun together.
A list of props and instruments for each lesson will be emailed to you in advance, and can all be made or gathered from common household items. Each week’s lesson also includes online materials to help you make class activities part of daily life.
You are your child’s best educator and your voice is your child’s favourite voice in the whole world. Mini Maestros online classes will teach you how to confidently and actively engage with your child through singing, speech, instrument playing, games and movement to nurture and support their learning in these vitally important early years.
6-15 month classes are aimed at you as your baby's primary carer and are specifically designed to help you nurture particular aspects of your baby’s development, such as language and listening development, gross motor skills, focusing and social/ emotional skills. These classes will teach you a rich and varied repertoire of musical activities to support your baby’s development and help with settling, bonding and having fun at this fascinating and rapidly changing stage of life.
1-2 year old classes are aimed at you as your young toddler's primary carer. You and your child will experiment with percussion instruments and practise playing with the music in stop and start activities. Dances and action songs performed together will reinforce a sense of steady beat and will expose the children to a variety of musical styles. Lap plays, rhymes and puppet activities will develop children’s language, listening and focusing skills, and provide valuable opportunities for bonding and fun together.
2-3 year old classes will help children develop their singing voices as they extend their language skills through a rich and stimulating repertoire of songs, rhymes and activities. They will learn about elements of music such as dynamics (loud and soft) and tempo (fast and slow). You and your child will play musical games to develop their imaginative play skills. Dances with you will teach your child about working with a partner, reinforce a sense of steady beat and develop their motor skills.
3-4 year olds will consciously learn about elements of music such as loud and soft, fast and slow, high and low through instrumental and movement activities. Children will continue to reinforce a sense of steady beat in a range of activities performed with you, such as dances, instrumental activities, movement activities, imaginative play activities and pre-reading activities.
4-5 year olds will learn simple songs on their chime bars that highlight beat, rhythm and the crotchet rest (saa). They will also work from the provided online materials, finding high and low notes on the music staff, keeping a steady beat and consolidating one-to-one correspondence. Children will learn to read simple picture symbols which introduce musical notation. Dramatic play activities, dances and games performed with you make up part of each lesson so that children are stimulated and having fun with you as they learn.
Term 2 commences Monday 19 April and run for 10 weeks. Students enrolled in Term 1 are currently re-enrolling for Term 2 and new students are invited to enrol.
- Meet Our Franchisee - Chantelle Alvaro owner/operator of Montmorency/Greensborough/Eltham
- Meet Our Franchisees - Alison Cusack and Linda Repic co-owners/operators of Craigieburn & Mickleham.
- Mini Maestros At Home Educational Activities e-Pack
- Zoom Zoom Zoom With Bumblebee - By Melissa Eilers
- 7 Things to Keep your Toddler Occupied When they Have to be Quiet - By Kate Phillips, Rowville Teacher
- Contemplating During COVID - By Kate Sadler Mini Maestros Kew/Balwyn
- How Music is Like the Clothes We Wear - By Pip Hargrave
- Inter-Generational Music Making = Strengthening Friendships Through Songs and Dance by Jo Irwin, Macedon Ranges Franchisee.
- Diving Deeper - Music from Around the World - Janet Collins
- Why Have Concerts? - By Maddy Kelly, Mini Maestros Head of Teaching
- Diving Deeper - Music and Mood Enhancement
- Diving Deeper - Music and Vocabulary By Kitty Skeen - Mini Maestros Bendigo.
- Diving Deeper - Lullaby and good night - hopefully... By Judy O'Neill
- Kodály, Orff, Dalcroze and Suzuki - By Jo Irwin - Mini Maestros Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Franchisee
- Mini Maestros Customer App
- Diving Deeper - Connection by Maddy Kelly - Mini Maestros' Head of Teaching
- Diving Deeper - Imagination. By Caroline Paterson
- Diving Deeper - Creativity by Kitty Skeen - Mini Maestros Bendigo Franchisee
- Interview with Dr Anita Collins – By Esther Bertram
- Onlooker Learners - By Emma Hart, Former Mini Maestros Head Of Teaching
- Meet The Team - Ally Hvalica
- Music and Intellectual Development - By Alison Cusack & Linda Repic
- Who is your child's best teacher? Part 1 of 2 By Emma Hart - Former Mini Maestros Head of Teaching
- Who is your child's best teacher? Part 2 of 2 By Emma Hart - Former Mini Maestros Head of Teaching
- Diving Deeper - Physical Skills - By Taryn Wright
- Inter-generational music making is building healthy communities
- Writing Music Down - by 3MBS
- Diving Deeper - Social Skills by Kate Rice
- The Importance of Repetition
- Diving Deeper - Learning to listen by Robyn Stewardson
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Esther Bertram - Marketing and Franchise Development Manager
- Meet the Team - Jo Irwin
- Diving Deeper - Imagination and Music By Lisa Marcolin
- Speech Development - Stories from Parents by Annette L. Graham
- Diving Deeper - The Power of Song by Kitty Skeen Part 1 of 2
- Diving Deeper - The Power of Song by Kitty Skeen Part 2 of 2
- Meeting the Head Office Team - Maddy Kelly
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Bruce Fethers - Co-owner & Managing Director
- Diving Deeper - Dance - by Cathy Edgar
- The Senses - By Robyn Grose
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Jennifer Smith - Co-owner & Music Director
- The Power of Music in Expressing Children's Emotions by Chantelle Alvaro
- Play - By Kate Howard
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Introducing Stephanie Migliore
- Relationships - By Ally Hvalica
- Developmental Milestones - By MaryRose Harrison
- Stories From Parents/Grandparents - Bobbie Carroll
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Introducing Monika Szilagyi
- JOY by Tiff Ikin
- Music Education
- Peekaboo Scarves by Emma Hart, Former Mini Maestros Head of Teaching
- All Shapes of the World
- Music Forever
- Children of Tomorrow: Thoughts On Mindful Music Education in the Early Childhood Space
- Nurturing the Love of Music
- Music. Feel it all over.
- Mini Maestros - It's Not Just About The Children.
- The Creative Life
- 5 Simple Ways to Nurture Creativity in Our Children
- Discovering the Joy of Music
- Five Alternative Ways to Say "Well Done!"
- "Good morning Bumblebee"
- A Mini Maestros Moment
- The exchange between teacher and child
- The joy of being a new mum, and the importance of connection learning and play
- BABIES CLASSES - a very special and important time for you and your child.
- 5 Ways To Jam With Your Child At Home
- Was Your First Mini Maestros Class What You Expected?
- Learning an Instrument