Mini Maestros offers fun and educational music classes for children, including babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, aged 6 months to 6 years old.
An Australian music program for pre-school kids, Mini Maestros combines music and joyful discovery to encourage confident and happy learners.
Our music classes enhance children’s development while they are having fun. Singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments and musical games stimulate the children’s creativity and imagination.
Children participate in a carefully planned and sequential program. As well as introducing musical concepts such as beat, rhythm, dynamics, form and notation, our program develops the whole child by encouraging children’s speech development, listening skills, social skills and physical skills.
The Mini Maestros program has been developed over many years of trial and research. The music literacy component is based on Kodály methodology and repertoire. The influences of the theories of Orff, Dalcroze and Suzuki are also evident. Much of the music is by local Australian composers featuring multicultural influences.
The program is sequential. Our babies’ classes are primarily aimed at building an appreciation for music through unconscious learning activities, and help to give the primary care giver confidence to share music with the child. Our toddler classes start to build the child’s knowledge of music, and in our classes for preschoolers the unconscious learning becomes apparent as the children discover the beat and the rhythm in the music, identify high and low sounds on the music staff, become familiar with musical terms, and learn how to read basic music elements.
Singing, dancing and playing percussion instruments
Our teachers bring a variety of percussion instruments into the sessions for the children to experiment with. We provide attractive and entertaining props, which stimulate the children’s imagination and keep them engaged in the music-making activities.
We aim to have no more than 10 children in each class so that every child receives individual attention.
Parents and carers of our Mini Maestros students are welcomed into the class and participate along with their children. This time together not only allows the parent or carer to spend valuable play time with their child it can also provide the time for the parent or carers to observe their children’s development.
music books and student equipment
Each child attending studio classes receives a Music Book. This book includes the repertoire for the term. In addition to the music book, on first enrolling a child will receive student equipment relevant to their age group to be used in class. For most age groups this includes the child’s own copy of a Mini Maestros CD containing some of the music used in class. The music books give ideas for enjoyable follow-up activities at home, while reinforcing concepts learned in class.
Ensemble Examination Option Under The Australian Guild Board
We are proud to announce that our Mini Maestro program is now in collaboration and accredited by the Australian Guild of Music Education (AGME)! Starting January 2020, children who enrol for our Mini Maestro program will have the option of taking the Australian Guild Ensemble Examination to receive a proper international accreditation. The specific area of examination would be for the ensemble and percussions category.
This is absolutely optional and children who are keen to take the examination will have to make their interest known as early as possible. Kindly note that this assessment option is only available to children aged 4 to 6 years old.
About Australian Guild of Music Education
Founded in 1969, the AGME is also known as the Australian Guild Music and Speech Examination Board in Malaysia. AGME is constituted to provide music, speech, drama and English language accreditation. It is one of the leading tertiary and music examining bodies in Australia.
Through a comprehensive set of syllabi, the AGME is also recognised in 7 countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and China. For the full information, log on to the official Malaysian site at GuildExam.com. If you wish to check out the Australian site, visit www.guildmusic.edu.au.
whole child development
Learning music helps children develop speech and vocabulary, listening skills, motor skills, social skills and cognitive skills.
Music education does not just make children more musical; it unleashes their creative powers.
Mini Maestros is a structured program, but it is this structure that creates a safe platform from which learning can occur through creative exploration into discovery. Mini Maestros aims to give children experiences which will:
- Aid their physical development through activities which encourage development of gross and fine motor skills and coordination and relaxation techniques. Each lesson contains many opportunities for children to practise various gross motor skills such as jumping or hopping. Fine motor skills are practised through the use of finger plays with younger children and the playing of percussion instruments with the older children. Children are able to practise the skills introduced at their own level but they have the group support, which encourages them to strive for achievement in all skill areas.
- Enhance their emotional development through activities which require emotional expression, role playing, dramatization, sharing taking turns and allow children to feel emotional satisfaction through fun, play, wellbeing and achievement in musical activities.
- Encourage their intellectual development through activities which will help children develop an understanding of music being a combination of these elements: beat, pitch, dynamics, harmony, melody, rhythm, tempo, tone colour, and form.
- Allow them to experience group participation and thereby develop self-control, discipline and the skills of sharing and taking turns. Group participation also provides opportunities where children can experience feelings of success which assists the developing a child’s self-confidence.
- Provide opportunities for the creative participation of each child by encouraging children to make musical decisions (e.g. which instrument would be the best to accompany this lullaby?) and to contribute and share ideas in simple and fun improvisation activities.
- Relate to their present cultural heritage and future experiences.
Nurturing Confidence & Joyful Discovery
Confidence to speak in front of a child’s peers and teacher, confidence to participate in a classroom environment, confidence to share time and resources with others and confidence to perform in front of others are critical skills in today’s competitive environment.
Emotional wellbeing is also critical in building resilience, appreciation of the environment in which we live and an ability to reach out to others.
Enhancement and encouragement of a child’s normal development, setting the spark which ignites a child’s need for educational challenge and cementing the building blocks of learning and participation skills are equally vital.
Mini Maestros uses a program of music and joyful discovery to encourage confident happy learners.
A survey of Mini Maestros customers in 2015 found that 98% of Mini Maestros students experience a positive social outcome (such as confidence or group participation), a positive emotional outcome (such as enjoyment of learning or developing a love of music) and/or a positive developmental outcome (such as processing instructions or music skills).
These are skills which set our children up for life. We teach children the skills they need to swim through life, out of the water.