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Heart.Beat. Newsletter. Middle of Term 2. 2019.

Welcome to the Middle of Term 2 Newsletter. With the colder weather approaching, and the normal winter coughs, colds and runny noses around, we would also like to remind you about our make up classes policy. Our policy means that if you have to miss a class because your child is unwell, you have the opportunity to attend a make up class instead. Each student is entitled to up to 2 make up classes to be used within the current term when they are unable to attend their scheduled classes for an unavoidable reason such as illness.



Diving Deeper


Lullaby and Good Night - Hopefully...

By Judy O'Neill - Mini Maestros Ringwood & Vermont South

“”Lullaby - A quiet song that is sung to children to help them go to sleep.” (Cambridge English Dictionary).

Do you sing to your child to help soothe and settle them in preparation for sleep? Your voice is incredibly precious to your child.

There have been numerous studies and research done on the neuroscience of singing to children from a very early age. Singing lullabies to your child assist in the bonding process and can signal to your child that it’s bedtime. Lullabies may also help develop your child’s listening skills and language development. Neuro-musical educator, Dr Anita Collins, details the effects of singing to your child in her recent book, “The Lullaby Effect”, which is also the name of her website.




More Term 2 Music For You!



We are very excited to announce that more Term 2 class songs are now available for download in our shop as individual songs for $2.20 each, or a full album for $17.

In addition to our own original music, which is already provided to every student, Mini Maestros is proud to incorporate music from leading Australian composers and musicians in our program.

Jiggles, Luna Lagoon, Rockin’ Rhythm and Scoo Bee Doo are just a few Term 2 favourites you can now also enjoy at home! These tracks are all from the Welcome to Music series by Melbourne musicians and educators, Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter. Use the button below to access our download shop.




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Brain Corner


Brain Corner

Making Music Integrates Multiple Brain Systems.

We love reading articles about how the brain is effected by making and playing music, especially in young children. We particularly loved reading this excerpt below, in a fantastic in-depth article by Sarah J. Wilson, about how music can induce experience-dependent neuroplasticity in the brain.

"It has been repeatedly shown that the brains of musicians are differently organised to non-musicians, particularly if training was commenced early in life. There are substantive differences in size, shape, density, connectivity, and functional activity that occur extensively throughout the musician’s brain, most notably in frontal, motor, and auditory regions (Merrett & Wilson, 2011)"

Click below to read the full article on the Music in Australia website.


Fun Music Facts


Fun Music Facts

Thanks to 3MBS, here is another fun music fact. This one is about Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907). Edvard Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide.

A curious fact about Edvard Grieg is he kept a frog figurine in his pocket at all times, and would rub it before concerts for good luck.




Do You Have a Story, 'Bumblebee Travels' Entry or Photo to Share?

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Contact us at (03) 9850-5566 - Mini Maestros - 21 Bridge Street Bulleen, Victoria 3105 Australia