We have had our own professional music teacher here at Clowns for several years and have really seen how much music means to children of all ages.
At Clowns we strive to be at the forefront of early years education and are constantly developing the way music is presented to the children. Music and movement lessons combine singing classic nursery rhymes, playing instruments, dancing, and learning about rhythm and basic music theory. We also sing pop songs and songs the children sing at home, including songs from around the world in different languages. We encourage parents to send in songs or even come in to help the children learn songs with the help of our music teacher.
In addition to the regular instruments children will be exposed to, such as shakers, tambourines etc., we also play and teach piano and ukulele in our extracurricular music lessons. We now have sound recording at the nursery so that classrooms can record the songs they are learning and listen back through our state-of-the-art interactive white boards and speakers.
As so much of modern music is composed and listened to through computers we are excited to be bringing in computer composing programs where the children will get to explore sounds and even create their own music!
Each classroom at Clowns has music lessons at least twice a week. Lessons are between 30-55 minutes long and are tailored to the class. The lessons incorporate the topics and different parts of the curriculum the children are covering at the time, as well as any special interests the children have. Typical lessons will include:
- A warm up song and hello greeting song
- Action and finger play song
- A new song involving the current topic
- Action and movement or dance song
- Interactive song using props such as puppets or pictures and involving numeracy skills or literacy such as rhyming.
- Instruments including various percussion or the instruments the children bring in
- Listening time with colourful lights. This covers a wide varieties of genres from classical to jazz to world music.
Twice a year we have a performance at the King Alfred’s Phoenix Theatre for the Limetree classes. This is a great opportunity for the children to showcase what they have learnt throughout the year on a real stage with lights, microphones and a live audience. It is amazing to see how this boosts the children’s confidence and gives them a real chance to shine and show what they have learnt.
For more information regarding our extracurricular piano, ukulele and rhythm group lessons, please see the extracurricular section.