21 Oct - 12 Dec
40 Minutes

Funky Monkeys (3-5yrs)

Uptown Funk for Preschoolers

Our Funky Monkeys class allows your preschooler to utilise their natural curiosities to explore the world of music. Through imaginative play and active listening, your funky monkey will be introduced to more complex music concepts and forms which consequently will build on their learning.

Your child will also be introduced to language, letters, phonics and numbers and how they are applied in the context of music. With a strong school readiness focus, the activities have a strong peer to peer element and group setting.

Schedule: Saturdays and Wednesdays 10.30am (40 minute classes).

Course Dates

2020 Dates: (Mid-term enrolments welcome)

Location: Orchestral Room 2

  • Term 1: 19 Feb to 8 Apr (8 weeks)
  • Term 2: 13 May to 1 Jul (8 weeks)
  • Term 3: 5 Aug to 23 Sep (8 weeks)
  • Term 4: 19 Oct – 9 Dec (8 weeks)

Location: Ensemble Room 2

  • Term 1: 15 Feb to 4 Apr (8 weeks)
  • Term 2: 16 May to 4 Jul (8 weeks)
  • Term 3: 8 Aug to 26 Sep (8 weeks)
  • Term 4: 24 Oct – 12 Dec (8 weeks)
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What's involved:

Music concepts: further development
– Italian words and meanings
– notation: pitch and rhythm
– development of singing and instrument play
– creative expression and application
– music structures and form introduction
– exposure to a wide variety of genres

Problem solving, introduction of critical thinking, pattern recognition
– counting and basic maths structures in music

Language and reading development: (school readiness)

– expressing one’s ideas, thoughts and feelings
– letters, phonics, 2-3 letter words
– story structures

Social development: (school readiness)
– confidence building and self awareness
– engaging respectfully with peers
– cooperative teamwork
– awaiting one’s turn
– respectful hand raising

About the Tutor:

Clare Richards

Clare began her own musical education at age of 5 at The Joan, and is very excited to be teaching the new toddler program at the centre. Currently with a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Clare has studied both the Orff and Kodály methods in music education, as well as vocal pedagogy. Putting these techniques into practice each class through singing, moving, actions and instrument play, classes concentrate on developing each child’s musical understanding, confidence, imagination, and creativity. Clare is passionate about all genres of music and has great enthusiasm when it comes to introducing music to young people.

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