“My daughter loves the freedom and expression afforded by her Dalcroze sessions. It is playful enough that she can enjoy it after a day at school.” Feedback from a parent.
In Mini Music Makers children take part in a weekly class lesson which comprises movement games and musical stories which have a very positive and dynamic effect on children’s music-making and their understanding of music in general. By exploring music through movement children gain a physical experience of what the music feels like. They work on their own, in pairs and with others in the class to explore basic musical concepts such as pulse, notation, bar time and phrasing but in a creative and fun environment.
The children also learn a variety of skills that will be helpful to them when they learn to play an instrument. Things such as learning about how to use the body effectively, being inventive and creative, learning to respond by listening and by watching, being able to work on their own as well as part of a group, thinking quickly, being well-coordinated – all critical skills to being a good musician.
The Pizzicato Players follows on from the Mini Music Makers continuing the musicianship focus but beginning to use instruments as well. It is for beginner orchestral string players (and those just starting) aged between 5 – 8.
Perhaps the greatest joy of learning an instrument, at all stages, is the ability to play together with others. We encourage even at very beginner levels that students join in one of our small ensembles.
This group provides a great introduction to ensemble playing including plenty of musicianship training and fun games and exercises using the Jolly Music programme. The year starts with Jolly Music 1 ( the second level in the series) The group is carefully assessed and monitored so that instrumental playing is introduced as and when the members of the group are ready so as to support and not disrupt learning done in individual instrumental lessons.