These groups are designed to develop the confidence of the primary care giver to share a love of music with the young child in their care. Songs and activities in classes can be integrated into the child's daily routine so that quality musical experiences are a part of their everyday life. Children participate in simple action songs and dances to develop listening and gross motor skills and reinforce a sense of steady beat. The songs and rhymes in the program help to develop children's language skills and extend their vocabularies. Children play percussion instruments in stop and start activities, and props and puppets are used to help them focus. Peekaboo activities teach children about musical phrasing and develop their confidence in leaving their carers.
When you first enrol in the 1-2 year old program, you will receive a Mini Maestros 'Jiggle and Giggle' CD, featuring a range of songs from across the year. Each term you will also receive a Mini Maestros music book containing a range of activities learnt in class that can be enjoyed with your child at home.
The best music educator for the young child is the primary care giver. These groups will help you fulfil this important role.