At Chilton we develop confidence and creativity by implementing a progressive, fun and creative curriculum that teaches essential skills in a play-based environment. Our internationally qualified and experienced teachers work in our well-resourced, specialist facilities and create opportunities for musicians of all ages to perform, compose and interpret different styles of music with confidence. By the end of the Chilton Preschool Music programme, our graduates can demonstrate a wide variety of skills and abilities such as: simple music reading skills, strong aural awareness, the ability to play and recognise a wide variety of instruments and the confidence to sing and perform in front of their peers. We hope that many of these children will go on to become successful performers, musicians and composers in the future and offer advice to parents and caregivers on future musical pathways for their children beyond the preschool programme.
Jo holds Performance Certificates in Voice (Trinity) and Oboe (Royal Schools) and has taught music to children for nearly 20 years, bringing musical fun to hundreds of pre-schoolers as well as teaching singing to a range of students around the Wellington region, both in groups and individually.
A passion for music theatre has seen Jo tour New Zealand in Evita, as well as taking on the roles of Grizabella in Cats for Wellington Musical Theatre, Mrs Noah in NZ Opera’s production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Octavia in Paul Jenden and Gareth Farr's The Nero Show at Circa and most recently Hida in Red Scare Theatre's premiere production of The Bone Thief.
As a choral singer, Jo was a foundation member of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir and has been a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand chamber choir. She currently sings with Nota Bene, Baroque Voices and Inspirare and is assistant musical director with Wellington Young Voices Childrens Choir.
Our classes offer an introduction to the world of benefits that music has to offer. It has been proven that musical training has a large impact on the development of the brain especially language, speech, attention, memory and the ability to express emotions verbally in young children. We will develop confidence and creativity in our youngest musicians and performers of the future through participation in dance, movement, singing and instrumental activities.
The Preschool Music Centre fees are structured on a termly basis. Classes follow the general term calendar of Chilton Saint James School.
The cost of enrolment is $125 per term from Term 1 2020, and must be paid prior to the commencement of your childs' first class. Further details are included in our online enrolment form.
Preschool Music Centre Classes
Tuesdays 9.30am - 10.15am // Wednesdays 11.00am - 11.45am
The Piccolo class is designed for children from birth to 18 months and offers an introduction to the world of benefits that music has to offer you and your child. It has been proven that musical training has a large impact on the development of the brain, especially language, speech, attention, memory and the ability to express emotions verbally. In the Piccolo class we will explore different sounds and sensory experience for our babies using a variety of instruments, puppets, scarves and sensory toys. Every class will include a variety of activities beginning with singing and gentle movement, expanding to include playing instruments and action and movement games. Our lessons are tailor-made for our age groups, stimulating the intellectual, social and emotional development of our children and introducing them to the wonders or music from the very start.
Tuesdays 10.15am - 11.00am // Wednesdays 09.30am - 10.15am
The Mini Minims class is designed for children aged 18 months - 3 years of age and begins to develop confidence and creativity in our youngest musicians and performers of the future. It has been proven that musical training has a large impact on the development of the brain, especially language, speech, attention, memory and the ability to express emotions verbally. The Mini Minims class begins to action these ideas as they begin to express themselves as individuals and sharing their thoughts and opinions about sound and how it is made. The children will participate in lots of dance and movement games designed to build an awareness of pulse and different rhythmic patterns and values and continue to develop an awareness of pitch and melody through singing and playing instruments. The Mini Minims will also have the opportunity to meet different instruments of the orchestra!
Tuesdays 11.00am - 11.45am // Wednesdays 10.15am - 11.00am
The Fortissimo group of fabulous three and four year olds is the culmination of the Chilton Music School’s Pre-School programme. The focus of the Fortissimo group is one of fun, creativity and excitement with lots of energetic movement and dance activities alongside regular instrumental playing. In the Fortissimo group we begin to develop the value of music as a learning tool in preparation for starting school. The Fortissimos build strong aural memory and mathematical skills as they learn to listen to, process and imitate longer patterns and sequences on percussion instruments. Through reflective listening tasks, they develop emotive language and ability to interpret and respond to emotional stimuli. Regular class performance activities continue to build confidence in our musicians as they get ready to take on the world.