31 Jul - 26 Sep
40 Minutes
$180 per term

Musical Monkeys (3-5 yrs)

Wed 10:15am | Thu 10:15am


Enrol now for Term 3 2024!

The Musical Monkeys class allows your pre-schooler to utilise their natural curiosities to explore the world of music. Through imaginative play and active listening, students will be introduced to more complex music concepts and forms, which will consequently build on their learning.

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

Schedule: (40 minute classes)

  • Wednesdays 10:15am
  • Thursdays 10:15am

Course Schedule

  • Wednesdays 10:15am (40 mins)
  • Thursdays 10:15am (40 mins)

Location: Orchestra Room 2 (Level 2, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre)

  • Term 3: 31 July – 26 September (8 weeks – no class between 2-7 September)
  • Term 4: 21 October – 13 December (8 weeks)

Mid-term enrolments are welcome


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, the 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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