Pre-Instrumental Levels


Neutral Bay Pre-Instrumental Level 1

The children of the Pre Instrumental Level 1 class now move into a new phase of your children’s musical education, and it is exciting to observe what they learn throughout the year. The classes are bigger and there will always be 2 teachers.

Simona and I are very aware of how tired the children are as most of them have just started ‘big school’ and as a consequence, we try and make sure that the children have lots of fun, but are not over stretched. A fine balance needs to be struck when children are attending a class such as this after school.

The children will be given a portfolio on the first day to keep their work sheets in. I will look after them until the end of the year, when they are presented with all their work and a certificate in a sleeved folder.

Parents are welcome to take the portfolios home at the end of the term to see the children’s work, but it is essential that they are returned on the first day back. There will be a small surcharge on your account to cover the costs of the materials.

Please try to read and take note of the email notes that are sent out during the year. I try to keep all parents as informed as possible, particularly with dates for diaries. It is a good idea to enter days to remember into your diaries as soon as you are informed.

There are some important things to remember each week as follows.

  • Please try to have the children arrive on time for tuning up and tuning in. It makes a huge difference for the whole class if all of the children have been able to settle into the class after a long day at school.

  • All children will need to bring a water bottle and come to class refreshed with a change of clothes if possible.

  • Please be sure that your child goes to the bathroom before the class begins.

  • Try to be sure that the children have some ‘down’ time, plenty to drink and a high protein afternoon tea before the class commences. It helps their concentration if they are relaxed and rehydrated.

Please don’t forget that I am at the end of the phone at any time. I do understand the challenges that your children face coping with extra curricula activities outside school hours. I want to work with you closely until the children adjust to this demand. Pre-instrumental education is a critical part of their music education and we must try our hardest to make it work.

If you have any concerns about the program at all, please call me. It is very important that I have feedback from the parents, good or bad!! I am really looking forward to another year of music making with your children and thank you for your support.

– Jane

Neutral Bay Pre-Instrumental Level 2

There is always a big change in the dynamic and structure of the final year of the children’s Early Childhood Music program. After this, it is onward and upward to the greater challenges of music education!

It is always exciting to try and gather a picture of all the pre-instrumental children coming together as one big group. Each group over the years has been completely different and has found strengths as a group and individually in different areas.

It is very important for the parents and the children of the Level 2 class to understand that they are entering a new phase in their music education.

The folders which were given to the children on Open Day will become a very important resource for them as the year progresses. Please encourage them to enjoy exploring some musical ideas based on what they remember from the work sheets. If you have any percussion instruments (even homemade ones) or other tuned instruments at home, the children might like to see what they can remember and then see if they might read, sing and/or play from their worksheets. Activities such as this will help them enormously when they take possession of their resonator bells in term 2.

Please make sure that the children’s music folders are kept in a safe place and brought to music every week. This will help you, the parents and the children to get into the habit of remembering that taking music and instruments are part of the weekly routine. The next step is practice! Once they are in possession of their bells, it is very important that they try to remember to take out their bells and play a little bit each week.

As the class is much larger, parents will not be able to stay in the class. I am aware that it is important that you are able to follow your child’s progress and so I suggest that if you want to sit in and observe a class it is best to pre-arrange it with Jane.

The children must bring a water bottle with them each week and that they have had some ‘down’ time and afternoon tea before coming to music. It is a very active hour!

The children may find the size of the class a little alarming to begin with, but they will settle into it and begin to really enjoy the new dynamic.

Please be sure to contact me if your child feels concerned or unsure of anything that is happening in the class.

– Jane