Musical Giants

Classes will take place on Thursdays at 15:45 and 16:30

For children in Reception and Year 1 who love music!

I am thrilled to announce that we are running a second Musical Giants class starting on 16th September 2021. Sign up details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Teaching uses both Kodály and Dalcoze methodology, and the course is designed to be fun and educational. Children will be hearing and identifying musical elements, and as they develop over time, they will learn to perform music and even write their own simple rhythms. The lessons are structured to build key musical skills like listening, singing in tune, developing inner hearing, and ultimately reading and writing music.

What will a class be like?

The repertoire: We will focus on playground rhymes and songs with simple conjunct melodies, with learning reinforced through physical actions, creative activities and musical games, making the learning fun within a structured environment.

Percussion: Although we spend most of our time singing, we use some percussion instruments as well.

A child-centred approach – Kodály placed a strong emphasis on starting music education early, and he was one of the first music educators to develop a truly child-centred approach to music education, fitting the musical material and the activities to the developmental stage of the child. As I get to know your children I will be able to adapt my teaching to support their individual develop.

Singing: Focusing on the unaccompanied voice helps 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.

Creating young musicians – Children love to demonstrate their skills and our magical ‘singing chair’ helps support those who may need some extra support. Solo work develops confidence and self-assurance, which are important for any musician, but also in many other areas of life. It also allows me to ‘assess’ the children individually and tailor the sessions to their needs.

Entry Requirements and course regulations

There is no audition procedure and no prior musical training is necessary to start the Musical Giants Course. 

In order to see progress, ideally students would continue with Musical Giants for a full academic year (or remainder of the academic year if tuition commenced after the start of the year).

Parents will be charged termly and course dates will follow the school academic year (There is currently a temporary offer of a 3-week trial – available until 15th September).

There may be occasions where photographs/videos will be taken of the students. This is carried out in an unobtrusive manner and will be used for recording and archival purposes and where appropriate shared with parents. Jenny will seek separate permission if the images are to be used in other published material and/or multi-media relating to Musical Giants.