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Heart.Beat. Newsletter. Middle of Term 1. 2020.

Mid-Term Magic - Term 1 is underway, and the children are settling into the rhythm of things and getting better acquainted with new friends that may have joined for the first time this year.

The middle of the term is an exciting point where we see a lot of progress all of a sudden. As children are now familiar with some of the term's repertoire, they have more confidence to respond in various ways to show their understanding of what is happening in the music and in the classes. Remember that, like adults, most children prefer to wait until they are sure of what is going on before they join in wholeheartedly with activities. Now that the term's songs are familiar to them, they know what to expect and feel more confident and secure in lessons.

 

 


 

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Term 1 Extra Music

It's time to get your dancing feet ready with some extra Term 1 Music. You can buy the full album for $17 or individual songs for $2.20 Each. Samples on website.

This album contains music tracks used in the Mini Maestros program for Term 1 and are from the Welcome to Music series by Susie Davies-Splitter and Phil Splitter.

FULL ALBUM TRACK LIST

  1. Ndinani Na
  2. Bertie Bunny
  3. Seven
  4. Let's Clap our Hands
  5. Fuzzy the Clown
  6. Get you Moving
  7. Jumping Dance
  8. Boomerang Jam
  9. La Raspa
  10. Simi Yadech

 

 


 

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Featured Customer Review

We are so grateful for the wonderful reviews we have been receiving on Trustpilot. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share their thoughts. We love hearing the positive impact that our classes are having. Thank you, Zinnia Golding, for the lovely review you wrote last week. We have selected you as our featured review for this edition.

“Wow! What a fabulous experience. I took along my 2.5 year old boy and 10 month old little girl to Michelle’s class in Williamstown. They both equally enjoyed the class, it was a pleasure to see them smiling and learning. After trying 2 other music classes and feeling disappointed, Michelle’s energy and enthusiasm was a breath of fresh air. She had all the children totally engaged. The class was a lovely mixture of fun with learning and my little boy came home singing all the new songs he’d learnt, smiling ear to ear. (He also requested taking his new bumblebee toy to bed) Couldn’t recommend these classes highly enough!” - Zinnia Golding

If you have been enjoying classes, we’d love to hear about it. You can do so by clicking the button below.

 

 


 

The Importance of Passion

 

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At Mini Maestros our aim is to teach skills and encourage development. So when we stumbled across this infographic of stats, we fully agree that extra-curricular activities boost self-esteem and increase confidence.

Infographic Excerpt. “Without passion kids struggle. Perceived ability is the only reliable indicator of continued participation in activities. In other words, if you believe you're good at something, you're more likely to stick with it. This is where a firm understanding of the core strengths of a child can help us provide critical guidance.

Obviously, there are no silver bullets to the challenges of growing up, but research clearly shows that when you find someone who has discovered their passion and has been given the freedom and encouragement to fully pursue it, they will feel a strong measure of self-respect, confidence, and determination to succeed.”

 


 

Teacher of the Month - Sarah Lambourne

 

This month’s Teacher of the Month is Sarah Lambourne! Sarah recently completed her Bachelor of Music majoring in harp performance, and plays the harp in her Mini Maestros classes!

The harp is an instrument that many children revere because of its association with fairy tales and magic, and for its unique look and captivating sound. Sarah’s students in Hawthorn East on Mondays and Burwood on Wednesdays are so fortunate that they get a live harp performance each week when Sarah uses it to accompany the Welcome and Goodbye songs.

Sarah’s teaching style is bright and playful, and her thorough musical knowledge and training mean each activity is delivered with musical flair and integrity.

Sarah is currently studying Auslan to learn another way of communicating with people in the performing arts sphere.

Next time you book a Mini Maestros make up class, try to book in to one of Sarah’s classes to meet her and to hear and see a harp up close!

Watch this video below of Sarah’s rendition of “Born This Way” played on her Electric Harp with Loop Pedal.

 

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We were sent this lovely photo of Lorenza and Amelia from Kate Howard's Langwarrin class, of them attending the 3MBS Beethoven's 250th Birthday Party event.

"Thank you to Heart.Beat. for letting us know about Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebration! It was such a fabulous and interactive session. My 4yo Mini Maestro Amelia was mesmerised by the musicians and the pianist even commented on her lovely singing voice and ear (thanks Kate at Mini Maestros!). A great excuse for a day out in the city. Regards, Lorenza Bleumink"

 


 

March 3rd - What Makes it Special?

 

Today is Clean Up Australia Day!

Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. What was started thirty years ago, by an "average Australian bloke" who had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event.

Mini Maestros children have lots of practice cleaning up, all you need to do is sing the “pack away” song and hold open a bag.

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March 3rd is also World Wildlife Day.

On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora.

In Mini Maestros classes we sing about all kinds of animals, so we love it when the world also celebrates the beauty and wonder of our animal friends.

 

The dominant emotion in Mini Maestros classes is joy. So, we thought it is appropriate to also feature the USA’s celebration of March 3rd, which is the official “I Want You To Be Happy Day.”

Even though happiness is a universal emotion, it can mean different things to different people. In today's busy world, it is easy to forget this and take on a more self-centric view of happiness. “I Want You to be Happy Day” inspires people set aside their definition of happiness and to find out what makes their loved ones happy and do those things for them.

How to Celebrate?

· Make someone’s day special. Compliment them or just do something special to make them happy.

· Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and that you will do everything to ensure that they are happy.

· Having troubles with a friend or a family member? Sit down with them and clear things up and tell them that you want them to be happy.

It is a day to set aside selfish thoughts and to make someone feel special and happy.

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Photo of the Month

 

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This gorgeous photo comes from Rebecca Rowlands (https://theurbansparrow.com) and was taken on behalf of Jo Irwin - our Macedon Rages Franchisee.

If you have a photo or video to share, please reply to this email or submit it through the customer app.

 


 

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.

 

 

 

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