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Mini Music Groups

Weekly music sessions for babies, toddlers and young children

The first few years of childhood are essential for their future development. Bringing music into your child’s life is one of the best decisions that will help them for the rest of their lives.

Regular sessions will help to develop hand to eye co-ordination, language, listening skills, social skills and relaxation.

Our Mini Music Groups take place in the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre. Each session is 45 minutes long and are well-planned, structured and inclusive, but most of all, fun!  Membership is £55 per term of 10 sessions. For a taster session, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

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A general introduction to the pleasures of music-making with your baby, using songs, rhymes and activities, which can be continued with the baby at home.

Music begins within our bodies and, whilst still in the womb,  baby hears the strong pulse of your heartbeat and can hear the swoosh of blood being pumped around the body creating a safe and secure environment. At birth, babies find comfort and security in rhythm as they are rocked, patted and bounced rhythmically – all physical experiences which help to strengthen the bond between parent and baby. Together you will share a multi-sensory experience of touch, sight, smell and sound as your baby learns to know music with and through their body.

Babies to Crawlers currently meet at 10.45 on Wednesday mornings.

The focus is on enabling you and your toddlers  to spend quality time together these precious months when they change and learn so quickly.

By singing with your child, you can help them to identify sound patterns and learn through repetition. Music also helps children anticipate what is coming next in a poem or a song and they know how to put these patterns in a sequence. By mastering these skills, children build the base of literacy and numeracy.

We use singing and active play to give your child a positive experience of music which will help to improve movement and encourage creativity. 

Groups are kept small to provide an environment where the child can feel safe and secure, and to provide intimacy, enabling the adults to feel at ease too.

In Mini Music 2, your child is encouraged to take part without you with them, helping them to build on the skills being developed in Mini Music 1.

These sessions continue with themed songs and activites, which remain constant for a few weeks, allowing for repetition and giving your child the opportunity to learn new skills and to grow in confidence by being able to predict what will come next.  New songs and activities are then added, to continue the development of your child.

As well as experiencing all the different elements of music making, children will learn about the world around them. Time will be given over for movement to music, dance and drama. Your child will be encouraged to express themselves fully through singing, playing instruments, call and response games and working together.

Each child’s experience and contribution will vary depending on age, experiences and personality, moving at their own pace, and will grow and develop at a rate that is suitable for them.

This class builds upon all the fun activities that children have experienced previously, and includes an introduction to more instruments such as ukulele, djembes, glockenspiels and handbells. 

Your child will have great fun working on many of the skills required for music making including:

  • composition
  • conducting
  • working with pulse
  • creating and performing music
  • music appreciation
  • basic music notation

In addition to this, they are also improving their concentration, listening skills and building self-confidence. The activities help to encourage self-awareness, the ability to work in a group, and develop an understanding and acceptance of others, which will help as they begin their school journey.

We offer:

  • the longest running early years classes in the county, established for more than 2 decades.
  • a committed team of staff members.
  • free car parking.
  • baby changing facilities.
  • disabled toilets.
  • a dedicated classroom and teacher for each group.
  • a maximum of 10 children per group.
  • a comfortable waiting area with toys and books provided.
  • NMPAT is an  inclusive organisation, we are happy to discuss accommodating participants with additional needs

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