Early Years Music Classes: The Musical Journey

" do re mi musical learning aims to nurture children's musical development through a progressive musical journey"

Zoltán Kodály, the Hungarian music educator and founder of the Kodály approach, was famed for saying ‘let music belong to everyone', as he believed that music was part of human nature and that everyone could become musically literate and articulate, with the right approach. The Kodály concept informs and underpins our approach to music education meaning we provide:

  • A properly structured approach to music education
  • A high quality, educationally proven music scheme
  • A systematic and holistic method to musical learning
  • A focus on developing the 'whole musician'

The main tool we use in all our sessions is the voice, the instrument that we all have. However, it is more than 'just singing'. This is where foundation skills are developed in preparation for future musicianship, such as learning to play an instrument. In their early years, children are at their most receptive with rapidly developing memory, so this is the best time to start the ongoing process of musicianship training.

Although basing classes on the Kodály approach, Jane also brings the knowledge and experience gained through teaching music over the last 14 years to 0-11 year olds.

Our musical journey starts right at the beginning, with do re mi tiny baby and offers tailored classes for each stage as the children progress. Please click on the buttons below to find out more about our progressive classes:

Stage 1: do re mi Tiny Baby

do re mi Tiny Baby is a 4-week short course for newborns (3 – 18 weeks) and their carers. These sessions are smaller, more intimate and less ‘noisy’ than the next stage. Sessions last for 45 minutes and include time for musical play and socialisation with other babies. In these sessions, focus is on:

  • Music to relax and calm
  • Music to stimulate
  • Musical Baby Bonding including eye contact, touch, use of the voice, sound (including the use of baby-tailored percussion) and movement

Stage 2: do re mi Baby

do re mi Baby is for 0-1 years old, although immobile 1 year olds may attend. Sessions last for 40 minutes and include:

  • Musical Listening
  • Musical Baby Bonding
  • Rhymes to promote sense of beat and to introduce anticipation and suspense
  • Singing; simple pitching to promote 'inner hearing'
  • Enjoying movement games with your baby
  • Musical instruments and Baby
  • Musical Playtime

Stage 3: do re mi Diddies

As for do re mi Diddies, Stage 3 sessions are for children and their carers to participate in together. The sessions are for our one to two year olds, bearing in mind that at this stage our ‘diddies’ are mobile and concentration may be limited. Classes therefore last for 30 minutes and are lively and active, and include:

  • Action songs and rhymes
  • Fingers and Toes: using the body
  • Up and About: moving rhythmically
  • Curling and stretching: spatial awareness through music
  • Use of percussion instruments
  • Musical playtime using scarves and lycra

Stage 4: do re mi Pre-Schoolers

As this journey is progressive, we can only give approximate, indicative ages for when your child may be ready for each class. do re mi preschoolers is for when children are ready to join in and participate themselves with songs and rhymes. This could be at 2½ or 3. In these classes children are learning to 'find their voice' and use it accurately. These classes are starting to develop specific skills and concepts through singing, movement and playing percussion instruments. Sessions last for 30 minutes and cover:

  • Beat and rhythm
  • Circle games: structure and actions
  • Learning to pitch and use the voice with control
  • Using percussion instruments with control
  • Describing and differentiating sounds: louder and quieter, faster and slower
  • Signs and symbols for musical instructions

Stage 5: do re mi Musicianship

The musicianship classes are for those who have already started the do re mi journey and wish to carry on the journey in their primary school years. These classes are still taught in a fun way but focus more specifically on developing musical skills. For those who have not started the do re mi journey, we recommend starting with the introductory course before proceeding to Level one. In these classes that last 30 minutes, children are taught to:

  • Develop their 'inner ear' (hearing pitch accurately in their head)
  • Read and write music using simple notation
  • Use tuned and unturned percussion
  • Explore musical concepts: pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture and timbre
  • Make and create music