Mini Maestros News


Heart.Beat. Start of Term 2. 2022

Your Chance to Win One of 3 “Daniel and the Dummy Fairy” Books! - See interview with children's author Leisa Papa and competition below.

We Have a New Head Office! - We have moved to Ivanhoe! See segment below for more info.

We're Excited for Term 2! - We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holidays and are as excited as we are to get stuck into Term 2. Check out the video below to see what the different age groups are up to this term.

Introductory Offers Available! -
We have introductory offers available, such as Free Come and Tries and 3-Week Trials. Offers available for new students and subject to available places. Be quick! Learn more here.



Free Come and Tries



What Happens in Term 2?


What Happens in Term 2?


During Term 2:

  • The 6-15 months and 1-2 year old children will experiment with different percussion instruments and practise how to play with the music in stop and start activities. As their confidence grows, we will see them interact with other children and begin imitating what they see others doing. They will also learn about sharing and being part of a group.
  • The 2-3 year old children will develop their singing voices as they extend their language skills. They will discover dynamics (soft and loud) and tempo (fast and slow) and thereby begin to experience the range of expression capable in music. The children will also play new musical games which will help develop their imaginative play skills. Our dances will teach them about socialising with their peers and reinforce a sense of steady beat.
  • The 3-4 year old children will begin consciously learning about dynamics and including their proper terms (piano and forte). They will have lots of fun discovering all of the piano/forte sounds in daily life. The children will enjoy doing their first 'homework' projects and will feel very proud when they bring them in to show each other. Dances, games and instrumental activities are also part of their program in Term 2.
  • The 4-5 year old children will learn simple songs on their chime bars that highlight beat, rhythm and the crotchet rest (saa). They will also work from their music books finding high and low notes on the music staff. They will practise pointing to a steady beat while singing and will learn to read simple picture symbols which introduce musical notation. This age group loves the dramatic play activities and games which will be played throughout the term.



Meet the Franchisees


Meet The Franchisees

Kate Sadler is the Owner/Operator of our Kew/Balwyn Franchise. We asked Kate a few questions so you can get to know her better and this is what she had to say.

Question 1: Assuming you already have food and water, what 3 things would you take to a deserted island?

My family, my cat, and a device (and power) for playing music. Can’t live without my music.




Our Founder


Honouring Jenny Fogarty - Mini Maestros Founder

Mini Maestros was founded by Jenny Fogarty (12/3/1950-12/4/2007), a dearly loved and well respected early childhood music education specialist. Jenny passionately believed that music and learning through play were critical tools for childhood growth and development. She worked tirelessly to ensure that as many young Australian children as possible were able to experience the benefits of pre-school music education.

Jenny’s legacy and dreams live on through every Mini Maestros class and are carried by the thousands of children who participate in the program each year. LEARN MORE HERE.



Music Facts


Interesting Musical Facts from 3MBS

Generally speaking, a quartet is a group of four. In music, a quartet is a group of four people playing or singing four different parts to make a piece of music, such as a string quartet or a barbershop quartet.

In classical music, one of the most common combinations of four instruments in chamber music is the string quartet. String quartets most often consist of two violins, a viola, and a cello. The particular choice and number of instruments derives from the registers of the human voice: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. In the string quartet, two violins play the soprano and alto vocal registers, the viola plays the tenor register and the cello plays the bass register.




New Classes


Mini Maestros Has Moved - Here's Our New Office

We’re excited to announce we have moved our Head Office to 76 Lower Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe! There will also be classes running in the downstairs studio by our Ivanhoe franchisee, Cathy Edgar. Our new classroom is fully carpeted and has a lovely music studio feel. It has been especially designed to ensure continuous and effective ventilation.

New Classes and Venues for Term 2!

Brighton - Wednesday & Saturday Classes Have Moved to Bay Street Brighton.

Coburg East Neighbourhood House – New Venue and New Classes on Mondays!

Gisborne – New Classes on Mondays for 1-2s and 2-3s.

Ivanhoe - New Classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays!



Mini Maestros Interviews Leisa Papa



Mini Maestros Interviews

It was wonderful to interview Leisa Papa for this episode of Mini Maestros Interviews. Leisa is Founder of Little Kids Business, she's an Inside Retail Top 50 Small Business Leader, Public Speaker, Blogger and Children’s Author. Leisa provides great insights of what it is like to be a mother in business and how to get child your to ditch their dummy with less stress. Her latest book "Daniel and the Dummy Fairy", is a story that may help. In the interview when asked what movie Leisa recommends for parents and kids she suggested, "Rise of the Guardians". Watch the interview above.



Leisa has been kind enough to offer 3 copies of her book, "Daniel and the Dummy Fairy" for our Heart. Beat. competition this edition.

How to Enter.

1. You must have a child currently enrolled for Term 2, 2022 Mini Maestros classes. Enrol here if you haven't yet enrolled.

2. Reply to this email and let us know the Dummy Fairy's real name. (Clue: the answer can be found on the website.)

3. The 1st, 3rd and 5th people to reply with the correct answer will be the winners and will be announced in the next edition of Heart.Beat.



Daniel & the Dummy Fairy



What Happens in Term 2?



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