Kindermusik, Keyboard/Piano (Karrinyup & sorrounds) – Arlene
Hi everyone, I discovered Kindermusik over 10 years ago, when my children and I attended our local Kindermusik baby class – my daughter loved it so much, we continued every year right up to the pre-school music program.
Over the years, we’ve tried many other activities, but those Kindermusik experiences were so very dear and memorable to me. It was a way to form a bond and to understand my children, each having such different personalities but both benefiting from music in lots of ways; it really helped them to be school-ready – socially, musically, creatively and in their language skills.
“What I love about Kindermusik is how on the ‘outside’, our musical activities are deceptively easy, delightfully engaging and so much fun to do, but on the ‘inside’, each single one of these activities have been carefully researched and designed to optimise a child’s learning potential within their age group, helping them develop sound literacy and musical skills, physical coordination and important positive social skills such as team cooperation, self-control and focussed attention.
In other words: There’s a reason we do what we do!”
Kindermusik is a quality music program which helps prepare your child to transition to instrument playing such as the keyboard or piano.
Learning to play the piano is one of the easiest way for children to begin their musical journey. Unlike strings, the black and white piano keys provide a simply visual pattern so children can easily grasp the corresponding key progression – the lower the keys the lower the sound, and the higher they move their fingers up the scale, the higher the notes they reach!
Theory is taught right alongside piano playing – through musical games, tracing & colouring in notes and scales, singing & steady beat games. The children get to make up their own songs right from the start, using the first 3 notes of the scale, so that piano learning and practice becomes a journey of self-discovery – full of enjoyment, contrasts and lots of fun!
For group keyboard lessons, we use the Australian Keyboard Curriculum ‘Encore on Keys’, ages 5 and up, for Beginners and onwards. Each child will be grouped according to their age and level of experience.
“As I watch my children grow into their early teens, I see now how much music has helped and continues to help them in lots of different ways – it serves as an artistic creative outlet, a means for social networking, and gives children a solid grounding in being able to stay focussed and to persevere, especially during academic and sporting endeavours.
Music serves as a life-long companion for your child, in any shape or form -so try to incorporate it during their growing years. They will thank you for it!”
Arlene has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of New England, formal qualifications in AMEB Grade 8 Pianoforte and Level 5 Music Theory. She is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator and has been teaching Kindermusik for over 5 years. She teaches group keyboard as well as individual private piano lessons.
Piano and Keyboard (Aveley & sorrounds) – Elena
My name is Elena and I enjoy teaching piano to a wide range of students. Our piano lessons are offered from the home-based studio in Aveley, WA, in one of the Northern suburbs of Perth. Whether you or your child are a complete beginner on the piano, or maybe an intermediate level pianist desiring to continue his or her education in a comfortable and stress-free environment, I will be happy to help you!
One of the most exciting parts of my piano studio is the preschool piano classes for 3-5 year olds “Wunderkeys”. It is really important to instil a good feel about music amongst the youngest mini-maestros. That is why a quality preschool piano program is the key for their future success in music. It combines gentle introduction to keyboard, enhances math skills, involves fine motor development through finger games, promotes general musicianship through singing and listening to music and most importantly – it allows kids to monitor their progress so they stay excited about their lessons, from day one and over the years.
Light-hearted, joyful and funny characters in Wunderkeys tell stories, sing songs, and talk to each other. I find this a fantastic tool to engage the little ones on the keyboard.
At the same time, children get to learn and develop basic musical skills that are necessary for beginner pianists. The first book of the Wunderkeys method is all about exploring sounds – students learn and explore the capabilities of the piano, discovering low and high, short and long as well as polite and impolite sounds. The second Wunderkeys book is all about Predicting Patterns. You may have heard how patterns are essential to music making. This aspect is closely tied to the development of math skills. The third book of the series is all about recognising rhythm. This final component of the program is designed to prepare a young student for a successful continuation of formal music lessons.
Students are required to revise material at home and do some simple homework to enhance the activities they have learnt, also helping to instil good practice habits for piano lessons in the future.
Feel free to contact us or leave a message below if you would like to know more about our Music program.
7 notes Studio – Karrinyup Sports Centre, 2 Nerita Way, Karrinyup