I have a 19 month old, who is a cutie patootie and is now at the age when you begin wanting to start activities with them. So in an effort to scratch my own itch , we have started Intergenerational music classes at BlueCross Aged Care, Melbourne conveniently located 3 min drive from my home!
But seriously I was so super excited about the baby music class it will be bringing generations together and connecting people thought music, which is the absolute equaliser.
Haven’t you noticed when you go to a wedding and you know about a 1/4 of the people (if you’re lucky!) and as soon as the band opens up the dance floor, everyone is up and dancing regardless of age, gender, strangers and family all connected by the music.
The requirements of this particular Rhythm Rumble baby and toddler music class was is was multi aged and needed to be super interactive for adults and children.
I rock up with little Z and there are already elderly ladies sitting in the chairs that had been arranged in a circle, some mums on the floor with their children. The age ranged from 8 month to 3 years old. Mr Z thought he was running the show and paraded around the circle smiling to the ladies. My heart was already pumped with joy.
My very talented teacher Virginia did an amazing job, catering to the needs of the children first by singing a nursery rhyme using a puppet and effortlessly moving into a shaking song with egg shakers. The children who could walk, loved the idea of handing out the instrument’s to a “friend” and helping pack away again.
But what I loved the most was the little moments in-between the songs and activities when one old lady, Joyce told me with tears in her eye she has twin great granddaughters up in Queensland. She hasn’t met them yet, only seen photos and this experience has made her feel nostalgic. Another resident had pure joy in her voice when she claimed ” I haven’t seen so many babies in one room in almost forever”
To say I had a wonderful time would be an understatement, the residents and parents made this music class so special, that I cant wait for Fridays.
Happy Music Making
To find out more about Rhythm Rumble’s classes please visit. https://www.rhythmrumble.com.au/
I truly feel joy and pride today after teaching music to a kinder class to sing in a call and response technique. Normally the children watch and imitate me, so when I sing they sing, and when I don’t sing, there is crickets.
The complexity of call and response for a group of 4-5 year olds is a skill we have been working towards all year. An easier option to expose children to would be an Echo song, where they repeat everything you sing. This is particularly great for toddler music classes, but by the age of Kindergarteners I have seen incredible skills at understanding and actioning the “Call & response” technique.
We always start the year with learning how to play and rest. Children in this age group of 3-5 years old love to make sounds and are not necessarily concerning themselves with making a coherent sequence of sounds. So at Rhythm Rumble we always start with games geared at encouraging children to “rest” or stop
Over the course of the year we start developing their understanding of the different elements that make music, such as tempo, dynamics, keeping a beat, singing in tune and understanding musical form. We do this by actively engaging children in various musical games and activities geared towards their developmental capacity.
And it all comes down to this collaboration at the end of the year.
The song we chose this year is called Shoo Lie Loo and it is a very simple song
The teacher sings the call, for example: “Just from the kitchen” and the children respond with ” Shoo Lie Loo” . But to make it more interesting they also have to shake an egg shaker while singing Shoo Lie Loo and then rest while the teacher sings their part.
As usual with this age group repetition is important and we have been learning this song for 5 weeks now, and today it worked a treat. The children sang their response on time, in tune and shook their egg shakers in unison.
Super proud of my group, and by all accounts all the Rhythm Rumble teachers are feeling like its been a great way to end the year.
Happy Music Making