What’s the best age to be for music therapy?
Music therapy is a great intervention for people of all ages and abilities. Our music therapists will be able to provide age appropriate programs to suit everyone, whether they are 5 months old, 5 years old, or 105 years old!
Do I/my child have to have musical talent to be able to access music therapy?
Definitely not! Though it is in our opinion that everyone has musicality inside them – it’s just that sometimes we feel self conscious about showing it! Music is able to access different parts of the brain without us really being conscious of it, and music therapy uses this to encourage achievement and success in many different developmental areas.
My child doesn’t like loud noises – will music therapy still benefit them?
Music therapy does not have to include loud noises. All of our music therapists are trained allied health professionals and will facilitate suitable musical activities for individual sensory limitations; including noise, touch, and visuals.
Where will sessions be held?
We offer home and school visits for one-on-one music therapy sessions. Group music therapy sessions are held at different venues around Brisbane and the surrounding areas. We also offer ‘in-house’ music therapy sessions to schools, respite centres and community organisations.
Can I use funding to pay for music therapy sessions?
It depends on what sort of funding you have. If you are an NDIS participant or received Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) funding, you are able to use them for music therapy. Unfortunately Better Start does not funding music therapy sessions. Other funding providers may approve music therapy sessions but you will have to contact them directly.
What is neurologic music therapy?
Neurologic music therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic application of music and neuroscience on cognitive, motor, and sensory functions and development.
NMT helps with body awareness and regulation. It can help align breathing rate, neural pathways, heart rate, which helps coordinate motor planning and self-regulation.
NMT can help create new and/or different neurologic pathways and centres in the brain.
NMT differs from traditional music therapy in that it focuses specifically on music and rhythm’s physical effect on the brain and brain connections; while traditional music therapy uses a psychosocial (emotional, physical, mental) approach to therapy.
What is a music therapist?
A Registered Music Therapist (RMT) is a proficient musician who has completed an accredited university course in applying music as a therapy.
Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research. They have studied all aspects of music performance, history and theory, in addition to psychology, physiology, social theory and models of therapeutic intervention.
RMTs work with a range of clients including young children in hospitals, early intervention facilities and in private practice.
RMTs are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc (AMTA Inc) and are bound by the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics of the AMTA Inc.
Neurologic Music Therapists are required to have completed additional training above and beyond standard music therapy certification in order to maintain their NMT designation.
What is music therapy?
Music therapy is the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and well-being.
It is a research-based practice and an established health profession that incorporates a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.
Music therapy differs from musical entertainment or music education in that it uses music to achieve specific outcomes.
Music therapy is used in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice.
Does my child have to do exams?
No your child does not have to sit exams. Most of our children learn for fun and we adapt their lesson plans (and pieces) to reflect this.
BUT if you and your child want to do lessons then YES we offer the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) leisure and traditional streams for piano, voice and guitar.
How long should my child learn for?
Learning a musical instrument requires a long commitment. While your child will show progress every week, it can take years to master an instrument. So we suggest starting lessons with the view of not stopping. Hopefully your child will grow a lifelong love of music from their lessons and their music time at home with you.
If you do need a time frame, research shows that brain development is significantly effected in positive ways when children learn an instrument for at least two years.
Do you offer group lessons?
Under special circumstances we offer small groups (2 or 3 children). Please ask us for more information. Our experience (and the research) however, shows that children will get more out of a short 1:1 session than a longer group session when learning an instrument.
How much practice should my child do?
Music learning should be fun for our little people. There is nothing more fun and more rewarding than mastering a new piece! This takes practice, and practice takes time and repetition. Our little people should be aiming to practise two to three times a week for 5 minutes, extending to 10. Practice can be fun, playing around on their own, improvising, making up songs, and it should contain revision of the work done in class.
As children get older, practice becomes more important and also helps them to learn about discipline and commitment. Practicing two to three times a week is great for older children too (8-10 years) if for longer periods. BUT what is EVEN BETTER is if they do a short practice every day, and most of the time they enjoy their practice time.
How long are the lessons?
At Music Beat we offer 15 minute and 30 minute lessons so that we can work in with your child’s ability to concentrate and learn and also your budget. Just remember, if you do a shorter lesson then it is even more important to ensure some practice happens between lessons, as we don’t have as long for revision.
When should children start learning an instrument?
Children should be singing and making music from birth we think! Little kids are incredibly musical and we want to maintain this as they enter school. We start lessons from school age (prep) and in some circumstances from pre-prep. If you want to start your children earlier look into teaching methodologies like Suzuki.
My 6 year old loves to sing. Should she do voice lessons?
At Music Beat we love singing, and believe all children should sing all the time!
From a technique perspective, children don’t really need to ‘learn’ to sing until they are at least 9 or 10 years old. For younger children we recommend joining a community choir, like the Piccolos at Voices of Birralee, where the focus of the singing is on developing aural skills, group skills and enjoying the socialisation that comes with singing with others.
Having said that though, these days many young children come to us for lessons early because they copy the TV shows (you know the ones!) and therefore develop belting technique that is not good for little voices.
So if you want your little one to learn singing talk to us. We will set up a program that is age appropriate, and from a pedagogical stand will focus on good breathing, posture, tone and gentle singing.
What if my child wants to learn the guitar?
Great! We love the guitar and we will help them become their own rockstar! We believe that all children who learn an instrument need to understand the theory that informs music playing. So our guitar students learn to read music as well and learn where all the notes fall on the fret board.
We also know that little people want to play from the get go, which can be hard on a fret board, so at the same time we teach the children one finger chords, so they make a sound and get to play from the get go!
What is the best instrument to learn?
There is no one instrument that is best to learn for children, and often the best one can be the one that they are most interested in!
If your child does not have a preference, and you are unsure we suggest keyboard as an excellent beginner instrument. This is because the children can see the notes, as they are visually laid out in front, and this also helps with learning their position on the music staff.
Playing the piano/keyboard is also an excellent cross lateral activity as it requires both hands, and when you add listening and reading music to that the brain is getting an awesome work out!
We also recommend keyboard because little fingers can play the keyboard more easily than the piano and most woodwind or stringed instruments.
How is postage calculated?
We use Australia Post calculators and actual in-person Australia Post quotes to decide on our postal rates. These are generally based on the total weight of your order and the zone of the destination. This means that you can order a large number of smaller items (they don’t weigh much) for the same price as ordering just one. As you add items to your order, choose your shipping zone and then click on ‘recalculate’ to see the effect (or not) on postage.
Can I collect my items?
We are offering free pick-up for Kids Music Beat term booking clients. We will arrange for your items to be delivered to your music group venue for collection, or you can collect your items from KMBHQ. This service is available to Kids Music Beat Term Booking and Annual Pass customers. If you haven’t already got one, get in touch with us for your pick-up only coupon code so we won’t charge you for shipping.
What I want isn’t listed, can you get it in?
If what you are looking for isn’t listed on our site, just email email@example.com. We are constantly researching new stock with the aim of meeting the needs of our customers.There’s a good chance we can either get it in or point you in the right direction.
The item I want is out of stock, when will it be available?
If what you are looking for is out of stock it means you have good taste and that it is a popular item!. We are continually restocking but if you need it quickly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be able to tell you how long it will take and put one aside for you so you don’t miss out again.
How long after I order and pay for my item does it get sent?
We aim to ship all orders within two working days of your order and payment being received. If there are any delays, we will email you directly.
Where is my item?
Shipments are lodged in Brisbane, with different Australia Post delivery times applicable to each zone. Examples of expected delivery times, following our lodgement of the parcel are provided below:
Brisbane: 1 – 3 days
Queensland, NSW, Vic, ACT: 2 – 3 days
SA, WA, NT, Tas, Norfolk: 4 – 6 days
If it has been over 8 working days since you placed your order, please email email@example.com with your order details and we will look into it further for you.
I’m a Registered Music Therapist… do discounts apply and what can you offer me?
Shipments are lodged in Brisbane, with different Australia Post delivery times applicable to each zone. Yes, we offer discounts on most products to RMTs. When you place a minimum order of $50.00 you will receive a discount of 10%. We are more than happy to put together a quote for the products you require so that you can consider your options. We are very aware of the needs of RMTs and with years of experience as an RMT, and in purchasing for MT programs and facilities, we can also lend support and advice as required. Just drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to go ahead and order online, email us with your student or registration details and we will send you a coupon code so you can received your discount. That way you can pay it yourself or have your workplace pay if you wish.
Is there a limit on how many children I can have at my Boppin’ Birthday party?
No! You pay the one fee and there is no limit. We have enough equipment for a group of children to join in the live music making and jam with us. If you are having more than 20 children it would be worth considering a second staff member to ensure everyone has a personalised experience, so contact us and we can talk about this option.
What is included in my party pack?
You get live music played by our tertiary qualified staff who deliver our expert designed program that encourages active music making, fun and stimulating musical fun for children of all ages. We can accommodate children of mixed as music is appealing to all. We bring our music kit bags full of beautiful high quality instruments for the children to play and of course our voices and guitars to sing to the children.
For a small additional fee we can supply you with themed invitations and thank you cards.
Do you do party bags?
We can supply you with instruments for your party bags at a very affordable price so that children have something meaningful and memorable to take away from your party.
What happens if I have booked a party in a park and it rains?
Just let us know what your wet weather plan is and we will be able to respond flexibly and meet you at Plan B destination when you tell us that Plan B has been activated.
What happens if the party is cancelled?
There will be no charge if you cancel your party booking with 5 days advance notice. If you or your child are sick we can postpone the party as long as staff are available on the rescheduled day. PLEASE NOTE if you cancel your party with less than 24 hours there will be a 50% administrative fee. If you wish to postpone the party with less than 24 hours notice we will do our best, but if you tell us on the day of your party you will forfeit your booking fee.
How do I pay for music?
Use our online booking form to book you place and we will send you an invoice that you can pay via direct debit or credit card using paypal at a time that is convenient to you. You will also find a copy of your invoice in your child’s welcome pack.
How often do I pay?
Payments are made once a term (usually 10-week block). If a public holiday falls on your music day you will not be charged for this.
How do I know what my child is doing at music during the term?
We will send you feedback sheets you can print off and complete with your children every 3-weeks and emails updating you on their participation. At the end of the term we also send you personal feedback on their participation.
Do I need to re-register each term?
No. We send you your new invoice at the end of the each term, before the new term starts. However, a quick email to confirm is always great. If you do not wish to continue music you need to email and let us know by week 1 of the new term.
What are the benefits of attending music groups?
There are many benefits for attending a music group with your child, the most important being that you and your child will have a special fun time shared together each week.In addition to this you will pick up great tips on how you can use music in your day to day parenting at home.
For babies, music has been shown to support neurologic, emotional and early language development. Baby groups provide little people with opportunities to interact musically with you and other babies, and to explore a musically rich environment.
For toddlers, there are many benefits beyond having fun. Music has been shown to support cognitive, social, emotional, physical and behavioural development. This includes recent research that also supports the use of music in early childhood to improve self-regulation and sensory integration.
For pre-schoolers, music helps young children think and plan their movements and actions, prepare and participate in social and physical activities, sing and thus rehearse language skills, listen and respond to cognitive and thinking tasks, learn how to regulate their emotions, and of course, it helps to develop early music awareness and concepts such as beat work, pitch discrimination and melody recognition.
At Boppin’ Babies all of our music is played live and is voice led. This is because research supports the use of live voice led music when working with children under 5 years of age. It also allows the children to be the focus of the session, as our staff interact musically in ways that are meaningful to the children in the moment.
Boppin’ Babies is informed by empirical research in music therapy and music education. Our program is constantly updated and our staff highly qualified and trained in order to provide the very best for your children.
Do parents participate in the session?
Yes. All parents / carers participate in our sessions with us, singing songs and playing instruments and participating in musical games and activities. The focus is on you singing and interacting with your child, there is no pressure to ‘perform’.
But I am not musical; can I still come with my child?
Yes definitely! Research shows that your child prefers your voice over all others. They think you rock!! We aim to give you the confidence to use music at home and rock the house.
During the sessions all singing is in a group, there is no pressure on you to sing or perform. Rather, we use the music to drive developmental outcomes for the children and to have fun.
We hope by attending you will feel more confident to use music on your own at home each week.
My child is very active and doesn’t sit still for long. Can we still participate?
Yes. Our programs are designed with a music therapy focus for young children and we understand that young children don’t sit still for 45 minutes. Our sessions are designed in a way that children participate actively and intently and then we move on to something that requires less concentration. Music allows children to learn how to attend, focus and regulate at their own pace, so the session should be very beneficial for your child.
My child is very shy, can we still participate?
Yes. Music by its very nature is sociable so should in fact support your child to participate at their own level and in their own time without them having to actively engage with other children straight away. They can participate by listening, watching, playing instruments with you.
But music has magical powers too, and it is wonderful to watch shy children come out of their shells and start to participate more actively over the weeks, in their own time and when they are ready.
How do we get the most out of each session?
Boppin’ Babies sessions have a unique relaxed and social atmosphere as we understand the importance of supporting parents as well as children to get out of the house and meet others and make friends while attending our groups. However, you will get the most out of the sessions if you:
- Join in! Children learn through modelling and the person they most want to sing with is you! Don’t be shy, only your child is listening. Sing and dance and play the instruments with gusto!! Our group leaders have strong voices so you can easily hide behind their strength if you don’t feel confident singing. If you don’t know the words to particular songs and would like to learn feel free to ask the group leader to provide you with some song sheets. We also often have song lyrics up on the Boppin’ Babies Facebook page.
- Listen to the group leader. Not only will you learn great ways to use music at home, you will be modelling to your child good attending and listening skills, both very important pre-academic skills the children will need for starting their schooling in the future.
- Put your phone down. We understand that sometimes you have to take a call, but if you can avoid it do! Your child wants to be with you in the moment, so spend these 45 minutes together without interruption if at all possible, these years will be over sooner than you know it (trust me!)
- Remember to be in the moment, not just recording it. Please feel free to take photos and videos of your child. But don’t forget to put your phone down and join in too; don’t miss the fun of doing. Please check with our staff first if you wish to video them singing in the session.
And remember, your child can participate in many different ways and still be gaining great benefits from the program.
- All littlies have their own personalities, likes and dislikes. Many kids will be really excited by some parts of the session and not that enticed by others. Active learning still happens while sitting, watching and listening and wandering is actually fine too. As long as all the children are safe and supervised and remain in the general area they are still getting the benefits.
- Chat with your group leader if you are concerned about the way your child is participating (or not), and remember that all children take time to learn new routines and structures and respond positively to them. It may take many weeks for littlies to get the gist of what’s happening and really start to enjoy it so give them time.
Let your tot’s unique characteristics shine through without placing too many restrictions on them. Music is all about creativity after all and there are many ways to play the drum that aren’t necessarily conventional! It is all good learning.
Who takes the groups and what are their qualifications?
Our community groups are conducted by Registered Music Therapists who have a Masters Degree in Music Therapy, and an undergraduate degree in music, education or both. Our staff are highly qualified because we believe that children deserve the best. Our childcare groups are conducted by music therapists and music teachers.
Can the children eat in class?
While we understand children want to snack throughout the day, it is best if you try to avoid feeding your child during the 45 minute session. This is because there are often children in the groups who have severe food allergies.
Also, eating can sometimes be a real distraction to other children. Breastfeeding babies is actively encouraged and supported during our sessions so don’t feel concerned at all.
What should I do if my child or I am sick?
If you suspect you or your child are contagious, please stay away from the session to avoid potentially sharing germs. Make up sessions are easily booked at another venue or session time within the same term.
If your child was seemingly well at the time of the session but later develops symptoms such as a rash or high fever, then please contact Boppin’ Babies.
Any instruments that are mouthed or in close contact with children are disinfected between sessions so as to minimise the risk of germs spreading.