How long are Musical Miniatures classes?
Both Musical Miniatures and Musical Giants Classes are 35-40 minutes. Try to arrive 5 minutes before the class starts, if you can.
What age can my baby start Musical Miniatures classes?
This is a personal choice. Some mums are very keen to get out and about with their babies, meet lots of other mums, and expose their babies to a range of stimulus at an early age. Others would rather wait until their babies are a bit older. Every baby is unique. If you are unsure, you could try an online class to get a feel for the classes, or email/call Jenny for a chat.
How are children expected to behave in Musical Miniatures classes?
We are extremely relaxed at Musical Miniatures. Being a mother to three daughters, I know that not all children will sit perfectly beside their parents and as long as your child is safe and not endangering others, then it is not at all a problem at all.
Children learn in a variety of different ways, some are very visual, others aural, others physical. Children may enjoy getting up and exploring their new surroundings, and meeting other children. There may be times in the class where I ask parents to support children with percussion instruments, which may involve them sitting for a short period of time, but this is purely to avoid injuries.
I don’t have to sing in a Musical Miniatures class do I?
Please don’t fear; there is no solo singing in Musical Miniatures!! We do however strongly encourage adults to sing as much as possible with their children as they will love hearing your voice no matter how bad you may think it is. For those confident singers among you, please feel free to harmonise the more well known songs at your leisure and on the rare occasions when we do attempt singing rounds or group duets, it is a great help if parents can sing along – it will sound truly magical to your little ones.
I do ask that you don’t be tempted to start up a conversation with your friends in the middle of the class as this can be distracting for the children and doesn’t display the behaviour that we are trying to model for them. Please join in as enthusiastically as you can.
Musical Giants on the other hand focuses on the unaccompanied voice helping to develop not only singing ability, but also the skill of listening. It is widely assumed that if a child can’t sing in tune, then they cannot sing. This is quite wrong; it means only that the child’s musical hearing and listening skills are not yet developed. Something we will work on in the classes.
Is it OK to bring a visiting friend/family member to a Musical Miniatures class?
Yes, absolutely fine, however they will be asked to join in! Please just let your teacher know in advance.
I have older children who are sometimes off school due to INSET days, could they come to Musical Miniatures too?
Yes of course, I am sure they will enjoy helping their sibling. However, please do book them a sibling spot to ensure the class isn’t overbooked.
How can I help my child home?
Sing regularly with your little ones at home! Adapt songs to help with your routines at home, the ‘tidy up’ song, ‘can you make a sound like this?’ and ‘shake and stop’ – are easier to remember and firm favourites with children in the class.
Give your child a small collection of instruments (which could include pots, pans and wooden spoons) and puppets to play with. Teach the songs to the rest of the family – they will love them too. Listen out for the music in everyday activities – enjoy the musical sounds and patterns your child makes (Vocalising) and try engaging in musical conversations with them!
Why not sign up to MMOnline – this is an excellent resource for supporting learning beyond the Musical Miniatures ‘classroom’. Finally, please do check our the ‘Parent’s area’ on this website for more ways to integrate music into your everyday. Do check our our YouTube account, and Instagram account for more regular suggestion.
Do you offer Drop in sessions at your classes and rehearsals?
For Musical Miniatures, yes, we offer Term bookings, Flexi-passes and Drop in sessions.
For Musical Giants, children are expected to sign up for a school term and ideally stick with the course for a full academic year in order to see progress.
For Leytonstone Voices, yes, we offer Term bookings, Flexi-passes and Drop in sessions.
How much do you charge for siblings in Musical Miniatures?
Siblings under 4mths go free. Siblings over 4mths pay half price.
How much do your classes and rehearsals cost?
For Musical Miniatures – Each class is £9.50 – the price per class is less if you have purchased a Flexi-pass or a Term block booking.
For Musical Giants – in order to offer a more bespoke experience, class sizes are capped at 13 children per class. Parents are charged termly for the course – each class equates to £9.
For Leytonstone Voices – Each rehearsal is £8 – the price per rehearsal is less if you have purchase a Flexi-pass or a Term block booking.
I am interest in joining Leytonstone Voices, but am worried about commitment.
There are a range of sign up options with Leytonstone Voices to suit everyone’s differing schedules. We do work toward a ‘performance’ each term, but essentially the choir has been set up to offer you the opportunity for a weekly sing! It truly is for anyone and everyone who loves singing regardless of ability or experience, and to support anyone keen to sing in the concerts who has missed a few rehearsals, I put a number of resources in the choir drop box for you to listen and sing along to at home should you wish.