What to expect
Mini Mozart offers fun and interactive live music classes for toddlers and babies. The classes feature two or more live instruments; a clarinet, violin, flute, French horn, saxophone or trumpet with a piano accompanist.
The idea of Mini Mozart is to get children actually listening, not just hearing. Children interact with our live musicians in a way that is impossible with recorded music.
It’s hard to say which will be your favourite part of the class; the warm up where the teachers introduce their instruments allowing your little one to get up close and touch the instruments, or the part where they reveal their suitcase full of fun props that will entice your child on an interactive musical adventure.
There’s no doubt that seeing the children’s captivated faces as we open up an instrument case and show them how to put it together to make a sound is hugely gratifying as a musician. For the parents it’s entrancing.
The Mini Musical part of the class is based on a different fairy tale each week and this is where we use every trick in the book to awaken the musician in each child.
Many children experience things primarily through the visual, so our pianist plays contrasting excerpts of fast and slow Classical Music while the adults move the parachute in time over the children’s heads so that they see as well as hear tempo.
You’ll choose a percussion instrument to play along with ‘start and stop’ activities that really galvanise the children's’ understanding of what a conductor does and musical ‘rests’.
You’ll be mesmerised by gorgeous Classical repertoire as your child practices their hand-eye co-ordination touching bubbles softly floating in the air.
Remember all the songs your parents sang to you? That’s what you will hear in class. Classic nursery rhymes weaved into a classic children’s story with Classical Music.
That’s not to say we don’t give it a modern twist though! For example, when Cinderella’s carriage turns into a pumpkin, she gets the night bus home and we all sing ‘The Wheels On The Bus’. When the Three Little Pigs despatch the Big Bad Wolf, we celebrate by singing The Oakey Cokey.
We often find the parents love the songs as much as the children because the musical arrangements transform the songs from dull to delightful! Check us out on iTunes if you don’t believe us!
Our baby music class runs for 45 minutes during school term times as does the toddler music class and both get very oversubscribed, so if you’re even thinking you might like it, book your baby or toddler on to one of our music classes now.
If Mini Mozart isn’t the bestest most fantabulous thing you do all week, we’ll give you your money back!
Baby Music Classes
Babies are on the most magical voyage of discovery - everything they experience shapes how they understand the world and up until a child sees someone playing live music, it doesn’t make sense. It’s a disembodied sound that comes from a box plugged into the wall.
The Eureka! moment when a baby first understands how music is made is seminal.
Quite apart from the fact that as musicians it’s a dream to have an audience quite so transfixed, to be present at the moment when a baby’s face breaks into a beam of pleasure as they first comprehend the wonder of musical communication is enchanting for us, and for a parent is magical.
Don't let these enchanting moments disappear without you having noticed them.
Toddler Music Classes
Once a child understands how music is made, they want to explore it for themselves which is why we dismissed the idea of simply holding ‘baby friendly’ concerts or recitals.
Having passed the stage of shoving everything straight into their mouths, toddlers want to have a pluck, press, blow, scrape, bang of whatever instrument is on offer.
Once children discover something for themselves, they take ownership of it and want more.
If we were better business people we’d have set up Mini Instruments 4U because we’ve lost count of the number of parents who’ve told us that their kids want a violin or trumpet for Christmas!
Babies & Toddlers
Although you are welcome to book your baby into his/her older sibling’s class, if like us, you were crazy enough to have two kids close together, we have another option for you. At some venues we offer a specific mixed Babies & Toddlers class where babies enjoy the class with their adults and the older sibling interacts with the teacher.
You can of course also come to this class with one child who’s nap times don't fit in with our other classes.