There are so many baby classes to choose from, it can be bewildering to find the right one for you! Here are our suggestions on what to look for to get the most out of your baby's first magical musical experience:
30 MIN MAX – even 45 min is too long, little ones can’t concentrate for that amount of time, even in Primary school in Reception, circle time is no longer than 30 mins!
AGE SPECIFIC- each age has specific developmental needs and so in classes split by age group you are guaranteed to be doing activities designed perfectly for your little ones' stage of development
ORIGINAL COMPOSED MUSIC- composed music will have been crafted to meet your baby, toddler and preschooler's developmental needs and you won’t be paying for latest version of what you could find on YouTube. Familar rhymes should always be included as well as your baby loves to hear you sing too!
ALL HAVE EQUAL INSTRUMENTS – at a proper music class all the children are learning musical skills and making MUSIC, NOT NOISE even from the youngest age group. Having the same set of qulity instruments enables children to hear the music they are making with their friends.
STRUCTURED PROGRESSIVE CURRICULUM- children should be taken on developmental journey along all their developmental areas
INSTRUMENTS ARE AGE APPROPRIATE AND SAFE- easy for baby to grip and proper instruments which make lovely sounds and are not simply toys.
BACKING TRACKS- it is lovely to hear live instruments but for teaching, your teacher needs to be on hand to interact and demonstrate skills. Children learn by copying what the teacher does and so if they are always listening to live instruments they cannot get involved and begin to develop their own skills.
FOCUSSED MUSIC CLASS- find a class that is specific to music development rather than including music within a variety general to get focussed activities
SAFETY- ensure staff are DBS checked, first aid trained, that they have a child protection and health and safety policy.
FUN FOR BABY AND CARER - this is a time for you and your baby! Try out a variety of classes to find the one that suits you best so that you can share precious time together!