Preschool Music Centre

Music education with a difference

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 offering advice to parents and caregivers on future musical pathways for their children beyond the preschool programme.

Emma Chatterton studied music on a full scholarship at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is a concert pianist and regularly appeared as a soloist and accompanist in both Cambridge and London being awarded numerous prizes for her performances. As a fully qualified teacher, Emma has dedicated her career to music education working in and establishing specialist music centres from preschoolers through to secondary students both in NZ and in the UK.

At Chilton Preschool Music Centre, our Vision is:

  • Implementing a progressive, fun and creative curriculum that teaches essential skills in a play-based environment.
  • Providing internationally qualified and experienced teachers in our well-resourced, specialist facilities.
  • Creating opportunities for musicians of all ages to perform, compose and interpret different styles of music with confidence.
  • Offering advice to parents and caregivers on future musical pathways for their children

We look forward to seeing you in Term Three this year!

For any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email us at preschoolmusiccentre@chilton.school.nz

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 $110 per term, 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 9.00am - 9.45am

Wednesdays 9.00am - 9.45am

The Piccolo class is designed for children aged 12-24 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 music and sounds from around the world, sing, play instruments, work with puppets and encourage a lot of dance and movement to learn to feel pulse and expression with our bodies. Each lesson will provide a combination of action, listening and playing developing all-round musicianship in young children from an early age.

Tuesdays 9.45 am - 10.30am

Wednesday 10.30am - 11.15am

The Mini Minims class is designed for children aged 2-3 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!

Mondays 9.45am - 10.30am

The Treble Trumpets class is designed for children aged 3-4 years and aims to develop skills and attitudes that equip children to become successful, life-long learners in all subjects, as well as cultivating a love of music and performance. The Treble Trumpet programme integrates, song, dance, instrumental playing and role-play through puppets and dress-ups with the introduction of basic music reading and interpretation skills. The children will have the opportunity to play and listen to a wide variety of orchestral instruments during class thinking about how sound it made and listening to lots of different styles of music. During the year, some of the Treble Trumpet children begin to learn an instrument one-on-one outside of class with one of our affiliated Suzuki teachers who specialise in working with talented preschool musicians.    

Mondays 10.30 am - 11.15am 
OR Tuesdays 10.30am - 11.15am OR Wednesdays 09.45am - 10.30am

The Fortissimo group of fabulous 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.


 

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Preschool Music Centre Enrolment Form


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