We love to put on some Kylie and sing into our hairbrushes once in awhile, but many of us sadly missed out on actual singing lessons, or progressing much beyond Three Blind Mice on the recorder when it came to learning music as a child. Which is why we want our own kiddos to get into music lessons or music appreciation classes here in Singapore! But how do we go about picking one that our kids are in tune with, and are spot-on for their age and skill levels? We spoke to seven music schools around Singapore and got the lowdown on the fun classes available, who they are aimed at, and what their thoughts are on encouraging a passion for music from an early age. Psst: It’s never too late for us grown-ups to learn a fun new skill: check out these cool music classes with a difference for adults!
What it is: The Music & Movement classes at Muse Arts are the perfect way to introduce your toddler to the idea of music, and your little maestros will love getting their groove on while being exposed to rhythms, melody and tempo.
Who it’s for: Tots as young as six months through to 12 years.
What they say: At Muse Arts, we believe in guiding and encouraging self-expression in children and our Muse Kids Arts programmes are catered for children as young as six months through to 12 years old comprising classes filled with music, dance, art and craft and drama, all to encourage intellectual, emotional and artistic development of children.
65 Oxley Bizhub #03-85 Singapore 408729; www.muse-arts.com.sg
Silversnow Music School
What it is: Silversnow Music School is an MOE registered school which opened this year. It offers students affordable music theory classes, singing lessons and instruction in an impressive range of instruments including piano, flute, violin and even the ukulele!
Who it’s for: Music lessons are designed for kiddos aged four and up, with piano being the most popular choice for younger music makers.
What they say: Silversnow Music School hopes that children will enjoy their music lessons and develop a stronger passion for music. We feel that passion is the difference between a student wanting to practise, compared to students who have to be forced to do it!
Roxy Square II Shopping Centre, 50 East Coast Road, #02-90, Singapore 428769; www.silversnowmusic.com
Gary and Seven Music Together
What it is: Since 1987, Gary and Seven Music Together, an internationally licensed Early Childhood Music Programme, has been encouraging tots and parents to sing, shake, cartwheel and make some noise at fun, informal sessions.
Who it’s for: Children aged zero to six years, and accompanying parents.
What they say: We are not the typical kind of music class: we do not teach kids the skills of mastering music. Instead, we facilitate and create music together as one big family. We believe that all kids are musical – and adults too! We allow our kids to be as adventurous as they want and include lots of drumming, singing and music-jamming and even cartwheeling into our sessions: we believe that once we have music within us, it’s there for a lifetime!
8 Claymore Hill Road #01-03, Singapore 229572; www.babykidsmusic.com
What it is: Sessions are conducted in either English or German, and little ones will explore music through song, instruments, storytelling and props.
Who it’s for: Teeny tiny newborns through to preschool monkeys aged up to five can join in the musical fun.
What they say: Our classes are based on Orff Schulwerk, where children make music through activities that are natural and enjoyable for them. The repertoire is mainly based on traditional songs and nursery rhymes and the class supports the holistic development of the child’s senses and intelligence, gross and fine motor skills, social and emotional skills, language and creativity. We hope that children leave our sessions having experienced the sheer joy of music: a natural outlet for creativity and self-expression.
Various locations (usually in condo function rooms) around Singapore; www.musicalmonkeys.sg
What it is: Alternate Tone offers guitar, piano, ukulele and even DJ sessions with innovative lessons designed to fast track progression with minimum frustration.
Who it’s for: Lessons are suitable for mini-maestros aged four and up.
What they say: Our students will become technically proficient and eventually become musically independent. Aside from learning various technical skills, our students are able to learn their favourite pop songs too. Our instructors will transcribe the scores and tailor according to their level.
35B Seah Street, Level 3, Singapore 188391; www.alternatetone.com
Joy Music Studio
What it is: Kids on the East Coast will love Joy Music Studio, where teachers are dedicated and passionate about engaging young minds with fun music lessons involving a variety of instruments.
Who it’s for: The Music Adventurer Programme has been created for kids aged four to seven. This course is designed to give students an introductory foundation to music by allowing them to select three instruments of their choice to begin learning.
What they say: Our Music Adventurer Programme is aimed at helping students learn music even if they are not sure which instrument they are keen on. They will get a good idea of each musical instrument and learn how it is unique. We aim to cultivate a passion for music while also teaching a holistic understanding of what music really is. We hope students will become aspiring musicians after this beginner’s course.
1 Marine Parade Central #02-02 Parkway Centre (opposite Parkway Centre) Singapore 449408; www.joymusicstudio.sg
Boogie Bug Music by The Amazing Toybox
What it is: Sing, laugh and play with The Amazing Toybox duo, Mark and Reuben, as they explore music with rhyme, song, instruments and puppets. They were a huge hit at our HoneyKids Family FunDays concert and carnival!
Who it’s for: Sessions have been created with tots aged one to three years in mind – and their parents too.
What they say: We use a variety of objects – puppets, toys and materials – to cover the topics we like to introduce to the children. Different items are used to encourage the children to attempt something new and the most important aspect of our class is making sure it’s fun and engaging. This gives the children confidence for them to not worry about other people in the room and to just get on with enjoying themselves.
Various locations (usually homes and condos) all around Singapore; www.theamazingtoybox.com
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