This interactive programme introduces young children from the ages of 1 to 6 to the basic elements of music and musical instruments. Listening to music, singing and percussion exercises are an integral part of the lesson. Our tailor made programme uses innovative activities and games integrating the Carl Orff, the Kodály, the Da Capo methods and the Colourstrings Approach. The programme starts at age 1½ with a “parent & child” programme, and goes onto age 6.
These classes provide a solid foundation for the learning of an instrument.
Discover Music teachers have been intensively trained by Naheed Cruickshank, one of the United Kingdom’s finest early years’ music specialists.
Young children, for the most part, love and respond positively to music. They are naturally receptive to the nuances of pitch and rhythm. The physical and mental health of children improves with measured and planned exposure to classical music, and research has shown that children who are exposed to music at an early age do better academically, and in other developmental areas.
Discover Music classes teach children pulse, rhythm and movement through songs, games, and playing percussion instruments in creative and imaginative ways. Fine and gross motor skills are improved through improvisational dancing, and the handling of the instruments. Vocal, language and speech development are enhanced through rhymes and singing, while listening skills and concentration are improved with aural training. Sharing and cooperation are reinforced through the sharing of instruments, and learning to participate with other students.
The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation runs programmes for young children at different ages:
Each class meets once a week for 45 minutes. The Foundation expects children to attend regularly and arrive to class on time.
Naheed Cruickshank is an early music educator and teacher trainer; she uses movement, puppets, live music and percussion instruments in her sessions. She has extensive experience working with young children and delivers specialized training sessions for music teachers all over the UK. Teacher training at the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation is an ongoing activity and teachers upgrade their skills on a regular basis.
The Orff Approach, the Kodály Method, the DaCapo Method and the Colourstrings Approach are some of the developmental approaches used to teach music education to young children.