Bee Musical

Group keyboard and ukulele lessons in Newcastle for 5–8 year olds

Would you like to give your child the gift of music?  Would you like them to be musically talented?  At Hive we believe that talent is GROWN, not BORN.  That’s why we have developed our Bee Musical program – to nurture and grow your child’s inner musical talent and lead them on step-by-step journey of developing musical skill.

Our trained and experienced teachers provide a thorough step-by-step approach to this class to ensure your child’s musical skills and enjoyment of making music thrive.  The classes involve singing, movement to music, ensemble playing, reading and writing music, and playing by ear.

Research on children’s music lessons has found that children both enjoy and stick with playing an instrument for a lot longer if they develop their foundational music skills before starting private lessons.

In fact, skipping the foundational music development that Bee Musical provides is like skipping Kindergarten and putting your child straight into Year 1 at school, expecting them to read without first learning their phonics or alphabet!

Why Choose Hive

Our program takes children on a progressive journey of skill building and therefore we offer 3 levels:

Level 1 – a 12 month program based on the Kodaly Method “Piano Play.” The program includes:

Hearing What is Played (Ear Training):

  • Hearing specific chord changes and responding with hand signs for each change
  • Hearing the pitch changes in our Piano Play songs

Singing What we Hear (Voice Training):

  • Pitch matching songs and singing in tune
  • Singing our Piano Play songs and using body signs to signal each note change

Playing What we Sing & Hear (Instrument Training):

  • Hearing Chord changes and Playing 2-chord songs on ukulele
  • Playing 2 – 5 note songs on keyboard by ear – this is like learning ‘Phonics’ in Kindergarten before you learn to read words
  • Playing ensemble songs on xylophone

Reading & Writing What we Sing & Play (Reading Training):

  • Colour coded Kodaly system of reading music – this is like learning the Alphabet before you learn to read words
  • Learning to read the position of notes on the stave (no letter names introduced in this level)
  • Writing the notes on the stave for the songs we can sing
  • Reading 3-note songs on the stave

Level 2 – a 12 month program using the Encore on Keys Piano Program. The program includes:

Singing What we Hear (Voice Training):

  • Singing our Piano songs and using body signs to signal each note change

Playing What we Sing & Hear (Instrument Training):

  • Hearing Chord changes and Playing 3-chord songs on ukulele
  • Playing 5-finger songs on keyboard using the C position
  • Developing correct posture and hand position
  • Playing with two hands together
  • Playing songs in time with our classmates

Reading & Writing What we Sing & Play (Reading Training):

  • Reading notes C to G in the treble clef
  • Reading notes F to C in the bass clef
  • Writing the music that we sing on the stave

Level 3 – a 12 month program using the Encore on Keys Piano Program.

  • This program is a bridge between level 2 and private lessons. It is often run as a duo lesson with just 2 children.
  • Having developed fully all of the other musical concepts, Children begin the final step in their musical foundation of playing music that they can read, without hearing it first, and they begin to master pieces and acquire specific piano technique and increase the number of notes that they can read.

Quick Bee-Tails

Level 1 Group Classes

  • Age grouping: 5 – 8 years
  • Class size: 6
  • Class length:  60 minutes
  • Program length: 12 month program, runs during school terms
  • Cost: Members – $83 per month. Non-members $259 10 weeks
  • Payment Options: Members – monthly direct credit – Visa or MCard. Non-members – pay online or by eftpos.
  • Extras: $12-$25 (depending on which book is used) for Piano Play workbook

Level 2 & 3 Group Classes

  • Age grouping: 6 – 10 years
  • Class size: up to 4
  • Class length:  30 minutes
  • Program length: 12 month program, runs during school terms
  • Cost: Members – $83 per month. Non-members $259 10 weeks
  • Payment Options: Members – monthly direct credit – Visa or MCard. Non-members – pay online or by eftpos.
  • Membership & Multi Class Discounts – click here.
  • Extras: $48 for Encore on Keys Workbook & CD set

Private lessons are also available from 7 years up to adult age, you can talk to us in more detail regarding this or book here.

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