Welcome to The Music Tree, the following contains some general information along with suggestions to help you and your child to get the most out of lessons.
- Children learn best in a fun and supportive environment.
- It may take some children a few weeks to settle into the routine of lessons – this is normal. The first lesson in particular can be quite daunting for a child coming into a new environment with lots of new people and activities going on. Arrive a few minutes early to give your child time to look around and meet their tutor. Be patient with your child as they adjust to all the new things, there is a routine to each class but it is going to take your child a few weeks to become familiar with it. Sometimes children will sing at home and in the car but not at their lesson, again this is nothing to worry about, it will happen eventually it just takes some children a little longer. They are still processing information and benefiting from being part of the class.
- The general structure of each week’s session is similar with a varied content. Children learn by repetition (they won’t get bored like we do) and we present a mixture of new and familiar songs along with different ideas on how to use them. You will receive handouts of songs to take home. The children will learn what to expect as they get used to the routine.
- Each lesson is not only designed to develop your child’s musical skills in a fun and nurturing environment but also aims to promote age appropriate developmental skills such as gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination, language, memory, social skills and bonding.
- Encourage your child to sit with you on the floor from the beginning. If you can set up a good routine at the start this will make it easier throughout the year. If your child does become upset or disruptive please take them out of the room for a few moments until they feel more settled and ready to return.
- Successful learning occurs in many small steps rather than one big step, singing the songs and rhymes we learn in class at home will help your child to participate as fully as possible.
- Help your child learn to respect the instruments by encouraging them to use them correctly. Instruments should not be thrown, banged on the floor or hit too hard – drums will break and are expensive to replace.
- The classes are designed as a parent/child session. Children take their cues from you, their first role model and number one encourager and your child will get the maximum benefit if you are able to sing along with them and participate in the activities (no-one is judging your singing ability, in fact your child likes your voice better than anyone else’s no matter what you sound like). Please catch up with other parents before and after class, this way not only does your child have your full attention but it makes things much easier for your tutor who has to talk and sing all day.
- Please feel free to approach your teacher if you have any concerns, queries or other feedback. Alternatively, there is a Suggestion Box located in the kitchen area next to the tea and coffee.
We look forward to seeing you there!!