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Benefits of Toddlers' Group Singing Lessons
There is a myriad of benefits for toddlers to participate in singing lessons.
Group singing lessons for toddlers are a cost-effective way to introduce music to your child. It’s also a great starting point for children that love to sing but are apprehensive about participating in lessons by themselves, preferring the additional moral support of singing in a group context. Students always have the option of moving to an individual lesson at a later stage if they wish.
Singing has a wonderfully calming effect on toddlers. When we sing, we are exhaling breath from our lungs through the vocal folds, which in many instances elongates the out breath as we sing extended phrases or long-held notes. This slowing down of the out breath through phonation (singing), assists in stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which serves to calm the sympathetic nervous system and help us to relax. Children will simultaneously benefit from the release of endorphins in the body (our feel-good chemicals).
Singing plays a significant role in toddlers phonological development, communication, and social skills. It helps children develop important linguistic and aural skills, and fast-track the development of their diction, articulation, and ability to express themselves effectively. Studies have revealed that singing increases activity in and development of the right-left brain activity, boosting their ability to multi-task, build spatial cognition and fine motor skills. Many of the world's most brilliant minds where honed by their music playing and education!
One of the key benefits of toddlers group singing lessons is that they gain valuable weekly opportunity to sing in front of other children. This helps build a toddlers' self-confidence, a key ingredient in helping young children thrive and in the bigger picture, lead a happy and fulfilling life.
Melbourne Voiceworks’ singing lessons for toddlers are a fun and exciting way for children to develop their voices and musicality while building confidence. Lessons are carried out in a supportive and uplifting environment conducive to providing an optimal learning experience for all students.
Students will be introduced to vocal technique and music literacy in a fun, tactile and interactive way. Laying down the foundations early on is a great way to help children sing and perform with greater musical understanding. Above all, lessons are designed to be fun!
What will students learn?
Students will be guided through songs both as a collective and have the opportunity to sing solo or solo parts in a chosen piece.
All key principles covered in individual classes will also be covered in group classes. This will include, warm-ups, scales, vocal technique, musicality (refinement of pitch & rhythm - the pillars of a good vocalist) and more.
The repertoire of songs covered will be chosen based on catering to the musical interests of the group and that appropriate to the overall level of the group.
How Do Group Lessons Work?
Students are grouped together with those of a similar age and level of experience. Students are not required to have prior music experience as lessons cater for all levels and students will be guided appropriately for whatever level they are at. Group classes can run for a minimum of two people and a maximum of 4.
Group Performance Opportunities
Students involved in group classes will also have the opportunity to perform in our mid and end of year concerts. This provides students with the opportunity to build further confidence by performing to a live audience and gaining valuable performance experience with the comfort of performing in a group setting.