Heart.Beat. Newsletter. Start of Term 4. 2019.

Heart. Beat.



Heart.Beat. Newsletter. Start of Term 4. 2019.

Your chance to win a weekend family pass to Lost Lands Festival worth $440! Winners of the Little Wiwa competition announced. Details below.

Welcome to Term 4! We love Term 4 as it is concert term! If you've not yet attended a Mini Maestros concert, check out this Mini Maestros concert video. To see what each of the age groups are doing in Term 4, click the video below or read this post here.





Diving Deeper - Music from Around the World

Janet Collins - Mini Maestros Port Melbourne, Middle Park & Elwood


Diving Deeper


It’s a day typical day like any other in a Mini Maestros class. Carers and students gather happily greeting each other with a quick catch up chat. There’s a familiar, anticipatory buzz in the air which you immediately sense from carers and children - they know what's about to happen!

Let’s begin!! Straight into the "Hello Song" with a little peekaboo to follow. Then comes a stop-start percussive instrumental activity. We notice a child whose preferred learning style is quiet observation, but wait, what’s happening now? As the music begins, this little one leaps to her feet dancing excitedly in response to the music. An expression of surprise, exhilaration, laughter and joy is splashed all around the room. But what has triggered this reaction? The selected music played is ‘Ve David’ taken from Shenanigans' collection. The music is mainly from Hebrew origins, but also has a strong Arabic influence. Collaborated instruments played are bagpipes, accordion, bouzouki, flute, clarinet, vocals and bass drum which you find in other cultures.




Little Wiwa Winning Entry

Congratulations to Rachel Foley and son William for winning the Little Wiwa competition. We hope you enjoy your new mat!



T-Shirt Store

T-Shirt Store Now Online!

We are excited to announce that our T-Shirt store is now accessible through our main website as well as through the app. This is good news for those of you who like seeing things on larger screens and ordering and typing on the computer rather than on a small phone. If you're on your computer reading this, you can check out the site by clicking the link below, and enjoy seeing everything in a larger format.




Beat & Rhythm (Click Video)



So what is the difference between beat and rhythm?

The beat in the music is like our heart. We can’t see it, but we can feel it. Sometimes it goes fast, sometimes it goes slow, but it’s always nice and steady in the music. We can nurture children’s sense of steady beat through lap plays, dances, playing instruments and saying rhymes. Rhythm is different from beat. It can be simply defined as the words we sing. The rhythm can move and change within a song. Click to watch video above.

On the topic of Beat & Rhythm, have you downloaded Funkey Monkey yet? Use the button below to buy your copy of this classroom favourite.




Lost Lands Comp



The Lost Lands is the ultimate festival for big and little folk to explore a wondrous world of music, circus, theatre, comedy, art and so much more! The three day festival takes place at Werribee Park and Mansion on Melbourne Cup Weekend.

The Lost Lands Festival are giving Mini Maestros Heart.Beat. newsletter readers the exclusive chance to WIN a festival family pass on 2-3 Nov for 2 adults and 2 children valued at $440. For your chance to win, simply sign up to their newsletter this week before Sunday the 13th of October https://www.thelostlands.com.au (the sign up is at the bottom of the page) and a winner will be selected at random, double checked with our student records, (as this competition is only for Mini Maestros students) and then announced in the next newsletter.


Fun Music Facts


Fun Music Facts

Thanks to 3MBS, here is another interesting music fact. This one is about Antonín Dvořák who was a Czech composer, and one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. Following the Romantic-era nationalist example of his predecessor Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. Dvořák's own style has been described as "the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them"

An interesting fact about Dvořák is he was a keen trainspotter and visited different Prague railway stations almost every day in his life.




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

We'd love to hear from you! If you'd like to share your Mini Maestros experience, have a parenting story or photo to share, simply reply to this email, or submit through our customer app, and we may feature you in the next publication.




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