Weekly Music Groups For Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Kids Music Beat (the home of Boppin’ Babies) offers weekly music groups for children of all ages, from babies and toddlers to pre-prep and kindy groups.
Our music early learning groups are held once a week for 10 weeks during school terms. We offer our music groups at locations across Brisbane and Ipswich catering for groups of up to 10 families.
We provide a special time each week for you and your child to experience the magic of making music together.
We make music live and in the moment, we don’t ‘press play’ and crowd the environment with layers of sensory stimulation.
We sing. We dance. We play instruments. We nurture relationships and provide age appropriate multi-modal stimulation.
Enhancing Childhood Development
Miss Vicky is a music early learning researcher and childhood development expert and her research informs our programs.
Our music therapists and early childhood specialists are the experts at using music to enhance your child’s early development and nurture their existing musicality.
Our use of live music means your child can participate in their own way and at their own level and we can adapt in the moment to follow their lead. This way, the children direct the learning that they experience.
This means your child can participate in their own way; be they shy or outgoing, whether they use words well or are not yet speaking, or if they are walking or not yet up and about.
Your child will participate in music making and music games that supports their development in so many ways:
- social (greeting and farewell songs, turn taking, sharing),
- cognitive (concepts, following instructions, listening and attending, imaginative play),
- physical (fine motor instruments playing and puppets, balancing on balls and Bop Along Buddies, dancing to music)
- emotional (regulation)
- and of course musical (beat work, pitch, music concepts, contour)
Our music is played live
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 they can follow their lead if the music is live.
It is much trickier to do this with recorded music. In a our music groups children don’t just dance or play or sing along to music, they actually make music in sync with another person. This is when the magic happens… Being in sync is hard when the music is recorded because little people can’t change their rhythms to match yet.
Our staff will use their guitars to accompany their voices too. This adds a beautiful rich element of music making to our groups. It is almost impossible to not join in and sing along, move to the music and feel the influence of the live music on your body in our groups.
Live music allows us to really focus on sensory experiences and the integration of these experiences for little people as we include listening to, making, moving to and feeling music as well as seeing it through the instruments and props we use.
Even when we are focusing on activities that are not directly about making music, such as working on strength and coordination or self-regulation, we do so with live music.
This also means we are constantly demonstrating to you lovely parents how you can use music to achieve these things with your own voices when you are at home.
You are your child’s most important teacher and we aim to support you in this very important role.
You are the expert when it comes to your child. We provide the structure and expertise to allow you to be the expert musical parent.
This is why all our music is played live and voice led, and we sing as a group to help build your repertoire and confidence.
We support you to participate in the sessions with your child through singing, moving to music, playing instruments and in improvised musical play.
You will come away with the knowledge and understanding of how music supports development and with practical hands-on ideas for using music at home to stimulate, calm and interact with your child.
Choose a group that suits your child and family
You can enjoy music in either age specific or mixed ages groups, so that you can choose what suits your child and family the best.
Research supports developmentally specific music groups that allow your child to participate in age appropriate activities in age appropriate ways.
- Boppin’ Babies (Newborns to 12 months) music groups are about you and your bub. We offer a beautiful, gentle, relaxing and nurturing environment that focuses on you and your bub sharing a special time each week.
- Rockin’ Tots (13 months to 2.5 years) music groups provide a much greater focus on getting our groove on and moving to music. We incorporate movement that requires greater coordination, engaging and attending skills.
- Mini Mus-Ohs (2.5 to 3.5 years) music groups are for older toddlers who are ready to explore music and their world in more sophisticated ways using their imaginations, and are mini musicians in the making of course!
- Pre-Prep Rockstars (3.5 to 4 years+) offer a super fun group with lots of creative play, school readiness activities and for the first time some formal music early learning to the program.
- We offer mixed age Combo groups, depending on the location (see timetable). This is particularly attractive if want to attend music as a family, or want your little ones to interact with children of all ages.
Check out our Age Group Guide below and then decide what is best for your family.
Catering for all children including those with special needs
Our music therapists and music teachers have extensive experience working with children who have special needs, medical conditions and families from all cultural backgrounds.
We use music therapeutically to support families to participate and feel empowered within a social and community based program.
Music therapy research shows that making music with peers improves social, emotional and educational outcomes for all children.
Our staff work in special schools and paediatric medical settings and bring these therapeutic skills to our program.
We also work with an early childhood education specialist to ensure our lesson plans and their implementation are developmentally and educationally linked to best practice.
An occupational therapist, paediatric physiotherapist and speech pathologist also ensure our content is clinically fine-tuned.
Any questions? We have probably answered them here.